Will Bynum's Importance To Detroit Pistons Remains High Despite Major Roster Changes

By John Raffel
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Will Bynum made the decision during the offseason to stay with the Detroit Pistons as a probable backup to expected starting guards Jose Calderon and Brandon Knight.

He still made the right decision, even though he’ll now be backup to the starting guard combination of Chauncey Billups and Brandon Jennings.

Calderon signed with the Dallas Mavericks, Billups returned to the Pistons and Jennings came to Detroit as a result of a trade for Knight with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bynum’s role hasn’t changed. But he will be backing up a far more mature combination in Billups and Jennings. It won’t take long for those two starting guards to show the wisdom Pistons president Joe  Dumars made with those transactions.

Bynum will be bidding with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rodney Stuckey for a majority of the backup time as guard. Jennings, at age 23, is likely to average well into the 30-minute range while the aging Billups is likely to be under 30 per game.

Bynum is an excellent reserve guard to have. If the starters can build a lead, Bynum will help them keep it by providing quality minutes. In his sixth NBA season, he averaged 9.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 18.8 minutes per game. What the Pistons continue to like about Bynum is being able to have him come off the bench and shoot as well as he did with 46.9 percent from the floor and 80.9 percent from the free-throw line. When he finished the season with 22 points against the Philadelphia 76ers and 23 against the Brooklyn Nets in the last two games, the Pistons knew they wanted him back.

He’s back and will be quite a backup, again.

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