I was wondering how Ben and his rebounding affected the other players on the team. In other words, were players depending on Ben to rebound for them? Was Ben hogging rebounds that other players could have grabbed? The real reason that I am asking is to try to predict how his absence and Nazr's arrival will affect our team rebounding. Common sense would say that losing one of the best rebounders in the league will hurt the team, but it seems like the stats show the opposite. Let's look at Team Rebounding % +/- with Ben and Nazr "on" and "off" the court. Ben (Pistons team): Offensive rebounds, 30.2% on/ 32.2% off/ -2.0% diff Defensive rebounds, 68.6% on/ 71.3% off/ -2.7% diff Total rebounding, 49.4% on/ 51.7% off/ -2.3% diff So, the Pistons were relatively better at getting offensive and defensive rebounds with Ben on the bench. Not only that, but the other team outrebounded the Pistons by 2.3% when he was playing. Nazr (Spurs team): Offensive rebounds, 30.7% on/ 26.6% off/ +4.1% diff Defensive rebounds, 71.0% on/ 72.3% off/ -1.3% diff Total rebounding, 50.9% on/ 49.5% off/ +1.4% diff Explanations for this surpising result could include 1) Ben was just hogging Pistons team rebounds, 2) other players were lazy and letting him do all the work when he was in, or 3) Ben was causing missed shots by leaving his position and was therefor hurting our rebounding, but making up for it with help defense. It may be a combination of all of those. Garnett and Dwight Howard's teams suffered on the rebounding front when they were off the court. Obviously, we will be able to see how it goes, but after looking at the stats, I am more confident that the Pistons can become a better rebounding team without Ben.