Good reads: Charlie Villanueva, Will Bynum and Jonas Jerebko

Sorry for the slow posting this week. But there has been some great Pistons content this week. In particular, make sure you read these three articles, each about a certain player:

Charlie Villanueva

Mike Payne of Detroit Bad Boys breaks down advanced statistics and determines Villanueva is on the most underrated, if not just plain best, inside players in the league:

To put that in greater context, Charlie Villanueva’s 68.3% (field goal percentage on inside shots this season) would have outranked any other power forward in the game last season, with the next closest performance coming out of Amar’e Stoudemire with 65.8% inside shooting (note that Stoudemire spent much of his playing time at the 5).

It appears that Joe Dumars has discovered a one-of-a-kind post talent in Villanueva, a player whose market interest this summer was less-than-electrifying.  Why credit Dumars with the discovery?  Last season, Charlie’s inside scoring was less-than-remarkable, converting at 53.4% while showing cause for serious concern on the other end of the floor.  While Villanueva’s primary season averages are not entirely different than last year, Dumars has once again shown the virtue of placing misunderstood talent in a situation where it can truly prosper.

Will Bynum

Jo-Ann Barnas of the Detroit Free Press profiled Will Bynum:

Fifteen years later, during Bynum’s sophomore year in high school, Rose married Robinson. Bynum said his dad was the father of four of his eight siblings.

"It was one of the happiest times of my life," Bynum said. "Growing up, you never see moms and dads together. That was really big for me to have my biological father to be there. It was critical for me. They got married, and they stayed together."

Robinson died of cancer in the summer of 2007. Bynum said his father worked in a steel factory and, before he was diagnosed, he’d come home in so much pain that Rose would massage his feet and back to try to make him feel better.

"My mom, actually, never saw me play until my senior year of high school," Bynum said. "It was one of those, like, dream moments when she was there. I’d look over to the sidelines and saw my mom crying through the whole game. I had to keep looking away because I needed to focus and be a man for the moment."

Jonas Jerebko

Vince Goodwill of the Detroit News profiled Jonas Jerebko:

Before last Saturday’s game against Golden State, Jerebko and fellow rookie Austin Daye were playfully chiding one another for showing up to a mall wearing the same sweater. When Daye was asked if he gave Jerebko fashion advice, Jerebko cut him off.

"I spent two years in Italy," he said. "I give him advice."

Finally, a note to the Pistons beat writers: please read these last two articles and learn from them. We fans want to go beneath the surface and learn more about the players than how many assists they’ve averaged in the last five games. Give us insights into their personalities and anecdotes about them.

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