It’s why he opted to stay with the team rather than test his talents in another location. Bynum’s presence on the roster has been a boost for the Pistons. Previous Pistons coaches have liked him for supplying them with quality minutes off the bench. Last season, he averaged 18.7 minutes, 9.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists game while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor, 31.6 percent in 3-pointers and 80.9 percent in free throws.
It’s close to his career marks of 8.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game.
Bynum likes what the Pistons did in the offseason, namely bringing in Chauncey Billups, Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith, and hiring Maurice Cheeks. With plenty of talk about the Big Three underneath of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Smith, the guard play will be as critical as ever for the Pistons to have a complete and consistent attack on the court for 82 regular-season games.
Bynum can start on occasion if necessary, but the production he brings off the bench is usually extremely valuable for the team regardless of the stage of the game. He’s as productive in the final minutes of the entire game as he is in the earlier stages of the contest.
Cheeks and Bynum should get along very well. Cheeks, like previous Pistons’ coaches, will like Bynum’s blue-collar approach to the game. Very little attention was paid to the Pistons when they re-signed Bynum, but it was a move they won’t be sorry they made.
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