New Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks might want to think about keeping Will Bynum in the starting lineup.
Bynum has usually been effective from off the bench in his NBA career for the Pistons. He’s the type of player who just would never fit in as a starter, but seems to hit his stride and play with more confidence as a performer from off the bench.
His performance for the Pistons in the season opener came in a starter’s role with Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey still nursing injuries. He was impressive in 38 minutes of action with 7-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-6 at the line with two steals and five assists. He did have four turnovers, which needs to go down.
Bynum appeared in a career-high of 65 games with the Pistons last year. If he stays healthy, that’s likely to go up again this season. But he averaged only 18 minutes per game. Wednesday, he played more than 20 minutes than his average from last season. He didn’t seem to mind and got stronger as the evening progressed.
It’s unlikely he’ll be able to go that many minutes for an 82-game regular season. But Cheeks should keep Bynum in a spot where he will produce more numbers for the Pistons. The most games he’s ever started for the Pistons was 20 during the 2009-10 campaign when he appeared in 63 contests. He did not see any starts the past two seasons prior to tonight.
In the past, it’s usually been from off the bench. The Pistons need to see if he’s more productive as a starter.