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2013 NBA free agency: Bynum signing rated among summer’s worst

Will Bynum’s happy to be back, but even to outsiders his signing makes little sense as ESPN’s Kevin Pelton calls it one of the worst moves of the summer.


Chauncey Billups' return to the Pistons was nearly unanimously hailed as a win.

Whether your camp holds on to hopes for Brandon Knight's development with Chauncey representing the perfect mentor, or you were facing the despair of entering another season with Knight and Will Bynum as the point guard rotation, or looking for perimeter shooting to create more offensive spacing, you cheered.

But...what about Will Bynum?

That's what Kevin Pelton from ESPN wants to know in his Insider column detailing the worst moves of the summer.

It's hard to complain about a contract this small. The issue isn't so much the money or Bynum, a useful reserve the past few seasons in Detroit, as it is the roster crunch it created. When the Pistons subsequently signed Chauncey Billups, it created a logjam in the backcourt and put Detroit's roster at 16 players, including second-round pick Tony Mitchell.

Pelton also points out the release of Kim English and Peyton Siva potentially needing to play overseas to accommodate Bynum.

But there seems to be a misconception about the usefulness of Bynum as a backup the past few seasons. Last year he lost his job 16 games into the season after coming out shooting 37%, which somehow managed to be worse than his 2011-12 figure of 38%. That doesn't quite look like someone who's been a useful backup the past few seasons.

It was only after riding the bench for a couple of weeks that, desperate for a point guard with the slightest ability to run a pick and roll, Bynum received another chance and salvaged his season.

But Sean_Corp dove into the question "What about Will Bynum?" last fall, and his points are still relevant.

After all, even at his most productive there have always been large holes in Bynum's game. He is what he is -- an undersized point guard that has scoring instincts but also has difficulty running an offense or getting others involved.

Prior to the Billups signing, the Pistons certainly needed some depth at point guard. But if you're going with such a limited player as a potential backup point guard, there are still plenty of players out there with similar limitations who haven't gotten a legitimate shot in the league. Might as well take a chance on their upside.

Bynum says he's excited to be back, excited about the added athleticism to the roster, excited to throw lobs, excited about playing for fellow Chicago native Mo Cheeks. But with Billups on board, there is little to offer in the way of minutes or role.

Will Bynum has been an electrifying Piston. There's a reason he earned the moniker MFWB - because he's mighty fancy. I'm sure there's a team that he makes sense for, but the Pistons aren't one of them.