When last season ended, Bynum reached out to coach Lawrence Frank for a candid assessment of what he needed to do to get in the playing rotation.
Frank told him he had to get better defensively, so Bynum picked the brain of his friend, Grizzlies swingman Tony Allen, who has developed a reputation as a defensive stopper.
Bynum also embarked on a summer of workouts dedicated to improving on defense.
Teams always have sought to take advantage of the 6-foot Bynum, but in the open floor his quickness can make up for his lack of size.
"I don’t even care what happens out there, because my main thing is defensive pressure," Bynum said. "If I do that, I know I’m standing out because nobody does that in this league anymore."
Glad to see Will Bynum and I are on the same page. Tony Allen – who, like Bynum, played at Crane High School – could be a great resource. Allen is one of the game’s best defensive guards and an absolute ball hawk.
Also, I positively love Bynum’s above quote. He’s clearly a prideful guy, and if he’s taking pride in his defense, that’s great for the Pistons.