Will Bynum revealed in #NBArank, but what's his role?


Like teammates Andre Drummond, Will Bynum is kind of an Instagram-aholic. Both post daily on their accounts, but while Drummond may post mostly about his crush and singing, Bynum’s a  little more basketball-centric.

Pretty much ever photo or video this offseason was about his workouts, and probably 70 percent of those basketball-related ones include the tag, #underrated.

I’m probably reading too far into a 30-year-old player’s social media habits, but it feels like Bynum is aware of the fact that he’s entering a murky situation when it comes to playing time this season,

He debuted on #NBArank today at No. 216, higher than fellow guards Chauncey Billups, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Peyton Siva. But here’s the question — what is Bynum’s role this season?

With Brandon Jennings in the loop, you’ve got the starter at point guard. As I discussed yesterday, Billups and Caldwell-Pope are likely battling for minutes at shooting guard.

That leaves Bynum and Rodney Stuckeywhom Maurice Cheeks seems to be intrigued by — for the remaining minutes at point guard. I think it’s safe to say that Bynum, a Patrick Hayes’ favorite, is the better choice to back up Jennings, but it’s also possible that Billups and Stuckey will see time, too.

That leaves Bynum in an awkward spot; good enough to be the backup, but in a cluster of other guards.

One thing that should help Bynum’s chances is his chemistry with Drummond. Last season, the duo proved to be a nice pick-and-roll combo. Josh Smith has the same skill set as an athletic, roller to the basket, which also bodes well for Bynum’s style of play.

Whether that’s in Cheeks’ thinking is another story. But right now, the roles of all the Pistons’ bench players is kind of up in the air. We’ll know more once the team gets on the court in the preseason, but as of now, Bynum could be the up-tempo, change-of-pace backup or he could be riding the pine.

What do you think?

 

Tags: Andre Drummond Brandon Jennings Greg Monroe Josh Smith Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Maurice Cheeks Peyton Siva Rodney Stuckey Will Bynum