I don't want to put words in your mouth so correct me if I'm wrong with my working assumption then.
You feel that Austin is a decent but unspectacular defender in the post & you feel he is a liability on the wings. Is that about right?
If that is the case I won't try & state otherwise because I tend to agree with that assesment. He will never be good vs. Garnett but would be ok vs. Olawakandi (at least that is what I think).
So overall Jeff Foster has an advantage vs. Croshere on the defensive end. But it's not worlds apart correct? I mean were not talking Ben Wallace vs. Glen Robinson differance are we?
Personnaly I don't think so.
Now let's juxstapose this a little.
Is Jeff Foster in the same league with Austin Croshere on the offensive end?
My guess is that you would have to admit that he is not. Jeff has gotten at least to the point where we don't cringe whenever he gets the ball. Actually he is developing a decent jumper from the wing, not Brad Miller good, but decent none-the-less.
But even still he is not nearly as good as Austin. We are talking T.R. Dunn vs. George Gervin differance here, IMO.
You have admitted that the rebounding is debatable. Which is shocking, I admit. But since you have admitted that, isn't that the one big thing that Foster is supposed to bring to the deck?
I guess what I'm getting at is this.
If Foster is only slightly better as a defender (worse in the post, better on the wings = slightly better to me)
Has no real great rebounding advantage.
Is about = in passing (althought I think Cro is better but I'll conced they are = for this argument)
Is far & away worse on the offensive end.
Why should Jeff Foster get all of the min. at the center spot again? I don't get it.
What one thing makes it that Cro couldn't do at least as good a job, if not better, than Foster?
I am not 100% saying Cro should start over Foster but IMO Austin should never get a DNP-CD again & IMO should get some of Fosters min.