I know I am not in the minority on this board when I say that I strongly believe the Detroit Pistons have the best starting 5 in basketball. All of the players contribute in a manner that is unique and very difficult to replace. I can't remember another situation in the NBA where a sum has been so much greater than its parts. This poses an interesting question, which thankfully we don't have to answer....but for grins we will.... What Detriot Piston in the starting lineup do you believe is the most expendable? least expendable? My vote for least expendable would have to be the heart and soul of the Detroit Pistons, Ben Wallace. His presence defines the work ethic, emotion, and teamwork that the entire team has made its mantra the past couple seasons. I think that the absence of Ben Wallace to the Detroit Pistons immediately changes the tone of the team. Rasheed makes a good team great, but Ben makes the Pistons...the Pistons. Most expendable? That is a very difficult question to answer. I think I would have to go with Rip. This is only because I believe that the shooting guard position is an area that can be replaced easily in this league. Rip's conditioning (cardio) is unbelievable. His mid-range game is topnotch. He has evolved to a pretty descent defender. It's just that if I had to pick, I could not give up Chauncey's big play ability, defense, poise, and vision. Nor, could I give up Rasheed's post up presence, defense, and passing ability. Tay might be the third best on-ball defender in the league (minus Artest and Bowden). Plus, his postup game is very underrated. So, my vote..regrettably is for Rip. Thank God this isn't a decison the Pistons are faced with in real life...yet.