At the beginning of last year, Will Bynum did an excellent job of scoring, passing, rebounding and even defending. Then, he was hit with a pair of ankle injuries. When he came back, he was more the one-dimensional scorer he appeared to be the season before.
So, I want to know whether that early-season production was skewed by a small sample size or derailed by injury. Bynum says his ankles are fine, so we should know the answer early.
DF now: Not as much as I had hoped
Bynum doesn’t get enough credit for his passing, and his man-on-man defense became manageable. So, I think I’d guess his ankle injuries held him back last year.
But he never consistently displayed such an all-around game. Sure, he had few-game spurts, but that’s all he had last year, too. It would take major improvement for him to be capable of doing it more often.
The Pistons maintain that there is open competition at all spots. Rodney Stuckey is the presumed starter at point guard, but the Pistons have also expressed a desire to “return to their roots” and focus on the blue-collar style that has won the franchise three titles.
Bynum, the unheralded guy who has had to fight for everything in his career, better embodies that philosophy than Stuckey, the first round pick who was handed a starting job two years ago and shown little improvement.
PH now: Kind of
Bynum was finally given an opportunity to start when Rodney Stuckey was benched for insubordination late in the season. Then, just a couple games in, Bynum’s season was finished after he injured his knee.
Bynum isn’t a starter in this league, but he’s a very good, energetic backup who will push the pace, put pressure on the defense, score points and set up teammates by relentlessly attacking the paint. He has flaws for sure, but he played as hard as any Piston this season and has a reasonable contract. He’s fun to watch and worth having around.