|Bynum has been a key contributor for the Pistons|
With the acquisition of Jose Calderon in the three-team deal that sent forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to Toronto, Will Bynum has seen his minutes decrease. The 30-year-old guard out of Georgia Tech has been with the Pistons since the ’08-’09 season after being signed to the Warriors as an undrafted free agent. He spent one year playing for the D-League team Roanke Dazzle (affiliates of the Nets, 76ers and Wizards) and earned the D-League Rookie of the Year award in 2006. His efforts were awarded by a contract from the Warriors, but his time in the NBA was short-lived as he played for the Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel until 2008.
Since arriving in Detroit, Bynum has provided a well needed spark with most of his minutes coming off the bench. His best year in the Motor City came in ’09-’10 season when he started 20 games, played in 63, and averaged 10 points per game on 26.5 minutes per game. Ever since then, Bynum has seen his minutes diminish. His minutes per game went from 26.5 in ’09-’10, to 18.4 in ’10-’11, 14.3 in ’11-’12, and a slight increase to 18.1 this season. Bynum also has not started a game for the Pistons since the ’10-’11 campaign. Many have contributed this to the emergence of point guard Brandon Knight who the team drafted 8th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Kentucky. Knight averaged 12.8 points per game and received NBA All-Rookie First Team honors last year. Bynum, 6’1”, plays mostly point guard and was a valuable piece coming off the bench. The addition of veteran Jose Calderon has slotted Bynum in a difficult spot. Originally, most people around the league and fans alike assumed the Pistons were getting Calderon, whose $10.5 million dollar contract expires after this year, to shed money off of their payroll. Although the team has shown no signs of that as Calderon said, “It’s a key if a team really wants me.” The Pistons have certainly shown that, since coming to Detroit he has played a combined 58 minutes in the past two games to Bynum’s 41.
If Bynum does leave Detroit, where will he go? Sources say Oklahoma City may be a worthy suitor. With no true backup point guard to star Russell Westbrook, Bynum may be a key piece to provide some scoring and valuable minutes off the bench. Where will Bynum go? Will he go to Oklahoma City? Or stay in Detroit? Or possibly go elsewhere?…only time will tell.