Will Bynum probably is no Vinnie Johnson, but Bynum bests Terry Mills


Elias Sports Bureau, Inc., had a cool stat on Will Bynum yesterday:

"Will Bynum came off the bench to score 21 points and record nine assists in the Pistons’ 111-108 overtime win over the Hornets. Bynum had a similar game as a sub last season, scoring 25 points with 11 assists against the Lakers. Over the last 20 seasons, only one other Pistons reserve had even one such game with as many points and assists as Bynum posted against New Orleans on Sunday: Terry Mills in 1996 (23 points, 9 assists against the Cavaliers)."

I figured Elias went back just 20 seasons because of Vinnie Johnson, and that’s the case. In fact, Elias could have gone back at least 24 seasons.

Johnson had 26 and 11 against the 76ers and 22 and 9 against the Nets in 1987 – as far back as Basketball-Reference’s database goes. I’d guess those weren’t Johnson’s only 21-and-9 games off the bench.