Do you think it's a fact that Amir Johnson is very much outperforming Monroe this season? Amir- 18.55 PER Monroe- 16.92 PER Cousins- 14.79 PER If Monroe can say Cousins who? Then Amir could say Monroe who? I never mentioned PER in my analysis and didn't even attempt to make the argument that Cousins is better. I just mentioned that since he has higher stats in almost every measurable category, it is a tough to flat-out conclude that Monroe is the stud and he's a nobody. Also, it's tough to use the fact that a guy isn't a go-to player to favorably compare him to someone who is. That's like saying that Kobe scores a lot, but that's only because he's the center piece of their offense. Well, maybe he's the centerpiece because he has a higher efficiency in that role than another player would. Monroe and Amir are both effiecient right now in the garbage man role. They get offensive rebounds and easy put backs. They don't take jump shots. They get tons of bunnies. If you forced the ball through either one of these guys right now and pushed their usage up to Cousins' level, you'd have some pretty poor FG percentages I would imagine. Monroe can at least pass, but his .241 FG% outside the paint is going to make his teammates groan if the coach starts designing plays to get him J's. Having said all that, Cousins is rather inefficient. Here's a troubling stat though. Detroit is currently last in the league in that painted area near the basket. http://www.hoopsstats.com/basketball/fantasy/nba/teamstats/11/4/diffeff On offense, we're 28th in the league in terms of scoring in the paint. On defense, we're 27th in the league in terms of stopping others from scoring in the paint. A starting center has to be a big influence in this area.