This is a new feature, where we’ll honor the best Piston for his performance each week. Previous winners have been retroactively named at the bottom of the post.
Piston of the Week (12/23/12 – 12/29/12): Will Bynum
28 points per game, seven assists per game, 58.9 field-goal percentage, 7-for-10 on 3-pointers, 28 fourth-quarter points.
With LeBron James and the star-studded Miami Heat in town, it wasn’t James or Chris Bosh who were the stars. At least for one night, Will Bynum was the star. After seemingly regaining his spot in the rotation, he provided a spark for the Pistons in the team’s 109-99 win over the Heat on Friday.
He was the top trend on Twitter, he was arguably the top player in the NBA this week and he’s seemingly emerged from Lawrence Frank’s doghouse in dramatic fashion after his play against the Hawks and Heat this week.
Bynum is a bang-or-bust player; he always has been. These kind of offensive explosions shouldn’t be a total surprise to fans, either. This is the same guy who dropped a Pistons-record 26 points in the fourth quarter against the Bobcats in 2008-09 — and he went out on Wednesday against the Hawks and scored 26 in the fourth quarter and overtime periods in a double-overtime loss.
He single-handedly willed (no pun intended) (ed: c’mon, that pun was definitely intended) the team back after trailing by 22 in the fourth quarter.
It’s just one of those cases where, when Will Bynum’s on, Will Bynum is really on. Part of the reason the Pistons couldn’t complete that miracle comeback against the Hawks was because both sides of Bynum — the good and bad — came to play. The ball wasn’t moving and the crazy looks weren’t dropping late in overtime, and that may have been what doomed the Pistons.
But that doesn’t erase what Bynum accomplished on Wednesday.
Against Miami, it was the exact opposite. There really wasn’t any bad to his game, just a whole lot of good results. Bynum found his teammates early and often in the Pistons’ 41-point second quarter and when it came time to score in the fourth, he took matters into his own hands with 15 in the final stanza.
Sure, some of those contested, 17-foot jumpers make you pull your hair out, but right now they’re dropping and the Pistons streakiest player is on his game.
It’s yet to be seen how long this current streak will last, but after a dynamic week, Will Bynum is your Piston of the Week.