Detroit Pistons: Will Bynum Deserves to Be in Starting Lineup

Brett KaplanCorrespondent IIIJanuary 30, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Will Bynum #12 of the Detroit Pistons is defended by Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half at Staples Center on November 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Pistons 106-93.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Will Bynum has always been an extremely hard worker who I always thought was fit to come off the bench and provide instant offense—giving the Detroit Pistons a spark. While I've always enjoyed watching Bynum play, I believe this year he's developing into a more well-rounded point guard and looking to pass first because the Pistons lack a veteran point guard.

Bynum, who turned 30 earlier this month, seems to have matured and is playing with a confidence that can be seen though his steady play. He has really formed a connection with the young rookie center, Andre Drummond, as can be seen here.

In Bynum's earlier years in Detroit he had some standout moments, but has lacked consistency. In Mar. 2010, Bynum showed off his skills as a point guard with a 20-assist night against the Washington Wizards. He was mostly known for breaking down defenses and putting up a lot of points coming off the bench. One of his best offensive games came when he scored 26 points in one quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats. Bynum's reaction after the game shows what a team player he is. He told reporters:

We definitely needed that game, he said. It doesn't matter to me. I could have sat on the bench and scored two points and I still would have been up cheering, trying to get this win.

That team-first attitude is why Bynum needs to start immediately and replace Kyle Singler in the starting rotation.

While I believe Brandon Knight will be a very good point guard in the future, the way Bynum is playing, the ball should be in his hands running the offense. Knight should move to the two spot and focus on shooting instead of involving his teammates.

With Rodney Stuckey out of the lineup on Sunday night, Will Bynum handled the point guard duties and dished off 12 assists while Knight took over the scoring role by pouring in 31 points. The Bynum-Knight combo helped the Pistons defeat the Orlando Magic, 104-102.

In the month of January, Bynum is playing a little over 20 minutes but averaging 11.1 points and handing out 4.9 assists. When Bynum is on the floor, good things tend to happen and he's the leader helping to guide the young players. It's time for Frank to play him 30-35 minutes a game and see what he can do.

In consecutive games Dec. 26 and Dec. 28 against the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat, he played 36 minutes and 28 minutes and had terrific games. In the Hawks game, even though the Pistons lost, Bynum scored 31 points to give the Pistons an offensive boost they needed that night.

Against the Heat on Dec. 28, Bynum scored 25 points to go along with 10 assists to beat the defending champions.

Bynum always seems to know how to help out his teammates and he unselfishly takes on that role for the night. If the Pistons are to sneak into the playoffs, they'll need their best players. Can anyone argue now that Bynum isn't one?

I understand how some fans believe that he should stay as the 6th man and that he provides a spark to the team, but he at least deserves a shot at starting for the Pistons. He can also help to ease the pressure off of Knight and provide that veteran leadership.


* Please note this article was written before the potential Pistons trade for Jose Calderon.