Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 Season Review: Will Bynum

I'll just admit before I start this that Will Bynum is one of my least favorite Pistons of the past decade.  I don't find his style of play to be all that beneficial or entertaining, and I think his insistence on trying to isolate on seemingly every possession tends to kill any momentum the team may have going.  His lone brightside is his ability to throw lobs to Andre Drummond.  To me, he ranks right behind Josh Smith as the team's most frustrating player. I'm going to try and be fair here, no promises. /end rant

14.4 8.7 50.2% 45.1% 32.3% 5.1% 32.5% 17.6%

2013-14 was just another year for Bynum; nothing special, but not a failure either.  In the first year of a two year deal, Bynum had an average year by his standards.  He produced a PER just below his career level, and the same goes for his TS%, eFG% and TO rate.  He made slight improvements in his Assist Rate and Rebounding Rate, although neither were significantly impressive, even for a backup PG.  His minutes per game were right in line with what he has played in past seasons, and his Usage Rate declined from a ridiculous 27% in 2012-13.  While Bynum's numbers are just about where you would expect them to be for a backup PG, his ability to fit within what the Pistons should want from their guards remains a huge question going forward.  His inability to hit threes could cause Stan Van Gundy to shop him this offseason, although there have been no legitimate reports of this being the case yet.

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Will Bynum managed to attempt 36 shots from two zones where he only made 7 of his attempts.  His looks from the baseline, near and far are just atrocious.  If you include the six zones along the baseline, minus the circle around the hoop, Bynum shot 14/63, good for 22%.  Will Bynum should be allowed to take shots along the baseline like Adam Sandler should be allowed to continue making movies.  Let's put an end to both of those horrors.  Bynum shot a surprising 50% from the left wing three spot, which is probably an anomaly as he shot 36%, 20%, 38% and 21% from there in the four seasons before this one.  Other than there, Bynum was better than league average from only two spots, which where the free throw area and the long two, right wing area.  Bynum took a whopping 26 shots from his two most positive areas.  Simply put, this is how you amass a TS% barely above 50 as a PG who can't shoot the three ball.  Bynum doesn't have a specialized area on the floor, and his scoring efficiency suffers as an effect.


Okay, so maybe he can be entertaining sometimes.  Still hate him.


2014-15 Status: Under contract for $2,915,000

As previously mentioned, I would think that Stan Van Gundy will at least explore his options on moving Bynum this offseason.  With this being the last year on his deal, Bynum could offer financial flexibility to a team looking for it.  If Bynum is still on the roster come October, I'll be expecting Peyton Siva to challenge him for minutes as the backup PG.  This certainly depends on Siva's development over the summer, but there's not a whole lot of downside to giving Siva a try.  Bynum is 31 years old and hasn't been an impact player for the Pistons since his first year with the team in '08-'09.  Giving more minutes to Siva would seem to be the smarter option as you'll at least figure out what you have in a young player.


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