Bynum has been a fan and coaches’ favorite for many years with the Pistons and is why it made sense for him to sign with the team during the offseason rather than take his talents somewhere else. He can continue to provide scoring punch, make effective passes to set up his teammates inside and give the team decent leadership when the other guards are getting a rest.
Bynum has also proven in the past that he can get the ball in the right hands down the stretch when the Pistons are battling for the lead.
He won’t have the impact on the team the way Andre Drummond, Brandon Jennings or Josh Smith will. Bynum has never been a major impact player for the Pistons.
But he has the ability to explode at any time, which makes him a dangerous opponent for a team when they see him come off the bench. Not only did he have a decent season as a reserve with 9.8 points and 3.6 assists a game but his shooting percentage of 46.9 percent from the floor was 8.8 percent better than the 2011-12 campaign. His career 80 percent shooting average from the line also makes him a player that Coach Maurice Cheeks wouldn’t mind having the ball down the stretch when the opponents need to foul.
The Pistons were wise to keep Bynum. He’s going to be a valuable contributor.