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Assist Charts 2010-11: Will Bynum

This is the latest installment of a series called “Assist Charts.” For each of the 13 Pistons who played this year, I’m going to show whom they assisted and who assisted them.

Each post will be divided into two sections: Player assists to and Assists from player. Player assists to shows who the featured player assisted. Assists from player shows who assisted the featured player.

Each section will display two pie graphs and corresponding tables. One graph and table will show totals, and the other set will show per 36 minutes.

All the graphs and tables are color-coded with a specific color assigned to each player throughout the series. Point guards are blue. Shooting guards are orange. Small forwards are green. Power forwards are red. Centers are yellow.

Player assists to



Field goal Amount
McGrady 7
Stuckey 7
Gordon 34
Hamilton 27
Prince 13
Daye 19
Summers 6
Wilcox 25
Villanueva 44
Maxiell 6
Monroe 7
Wallace 0

Per 36 minutes with each player


Field goal Minutes together Amount per 36 minutes together
McGrady 265 0.95
Stuckey 178 1.42
Gordon 687 1.78
Hamilton 304 3.20
Prince 344 1.36
Daye 532 1.29
Summers 113 1.91
Wilcox 365 2.47
Villanueva 726 2.18
Maxiell 243 0.89
Monroe 582 0.43
Wallace 156 0.00

What we learned

Will Bynum assisted Richard Hamilton, Chris Wilcox and Charlie Villanueva fairly often. Depending how everything shakes out, that might be the Pistons’ bench next year.

In fact, besides the vaunted Rodney Stuckey-to-DaJuan Summers connection, nobody connected more often than Bynum to Hamilton.

Assists to Player



Assist Amount
McGrady 9
Stuckey 3
Gordon 4
Hamilton 6
Prince 6
Daye 5
Summers 0
Wilcox 2
Villanueva 2
Maxiell 1
Monroe 5
Wallace 0
None 139

Per 36 minutes with each player


Assist Minutes together Amount per 36 minutes together
McGrady 265 1.22
Stuckey 178 0.61
Gordon 687 0.21
Hamilton 304 0.71
Prince 344 0.63
Daye 532 0.34
Summers 113 0.00
Wilcox 365 0.20
Villanueva 726 0.10
Maxiell 243 0.15
Monroe 582 0.31
Wallace 156 0.00
None 1125 4.45

What we learned

Will Bynum had just 23.6 percent of his field goals assisted, by far the lowest on the team. By a wide margin, Tracy McGrady assisted Bynum most often, but Bynum can’t count on playing as many minutes (265) with another point guard again.

When Bynum was in the game, he was going to make the play – for himself or a teammate. But he wasn’t going to have someone else set him up.



  • Aug 16, 201112:10 pm
    by Levi Thieman


    why do i feel like im the only person who thins this guy is a bum. the graph showing that bynum is rarely assisted to illustrates my thinking. when he is on the floor he dominates the ball more than any piston and his talent level does not warrant his ball dominating nature.

  • Aug 16, 201112:33 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    “why do i feel like im the only person who thins this guy is a bum.”

    Because the flaws in his game are still out-weighed by the fact that he’s extremely productive relative to his cost and role. He’d be a fantastic change of pace backup guard on virtually any team in the league. The problem is the Pistons have used him too much because the players in front of him aren’t very good.

  • Aug 16, 201112:57 pm
    by Levi Thieman


    so are you saying that i think hes a bum because his team role is greater than what his talent level would yield on a more successful NBA team??

    • Aug 16, 20111:00 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      Oh, I don’t know why you think he’s a bum. I guess I don’t understand what your expectation level is for him. You don’t think he’s at least a rotation caliber player?

  • Aug 16, 20113:46 pm
    by Levi Thieman


    i think he would be the best 4th guard in any NBA rotation. While i recognize that Bynum can do some very impressive things with the basketball, i believe that his defensive limitations and his tendency to dominate the ball on the offensive end make him a risky player to expect anything better from him than 4th guard status. what do you think is a safe expectation for Will Bynum??

    • Aug 16, 20118:22 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      Another commenter, I think Ben Gulker, summed up Bynum pretty perfectly the other day — great as a limited minutes change of pace guard, but the problem with the Pistons is he’s a very similar player to Stuckey. Both dominate the ball, both like to play fast, neither shoots particularly well from the perimeter, etc. So teams can gameplan for one and use that against both, whereas if Bynum was spelling an Andre Miller or Chauncey Billups-style slower, more deliberate halfcourt PG, he’d excel more in that kind of role.

      I honestly have no idea what to expect out of him this season though. Knight is now added to the mix and there will be pressure to play him right away I think. If Stuckey is re-signed and doesn’t move to SG full-time (and if Gordon or Rip isn’t moved, there won’t be minutes there either), I think Bynum will get squeezed and probably would be traded or wouldn’t play much.

      • Aug 17, 201111:09 am
        by brgulker


        ‘Twas I.

        If you think about it, this is basically true for the Pistons at 1-3.

        Stuckey / Bynum – similar strengths and weaknesses.
        Gordon / Rip – similar in that both rely on jumpshots for the majority of their points, not creating off the dribble and getting to the line. 
        Prince / Daye – Prince is better at creating shots, so I guess this one is a bit more of a stretch…

        Anyway, the Pistons backcourt is very easy to scheme against. For both PGs, sag off them on the perimeter, and if they do get past you, have your bigs collapse because neither excels at finding open men inside or finishing at the rip.

        For both SGs, crowd them when they have the ball to prevent the jumpshot, and don’t worry too much about getting beat off the dribble because neither excels that way.  Obviously, Rip’s famous for off the ball movement, but as he gets older, that’s increasingly easier to defend.

  • Aug 16, 20113:54 pm
    by Levi Thieman


    also, i would be very interested in reading in more detail what you guys are expecting from brandon knight. short term and long term. PistonsPowered is awesome

    • Aug 16, 20118:25 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      Dan wrote some thoughts on Knight after the draft and I’m sure we’ll get more into him once the lockout ends and we see more of him.

      As far as role, I don’t expect that he’ll start right away if Stuckey is back, but I think he’ll probably play 20ish minutes a game and be in the rotation, even if he struggles a bit learning the league. I’m hopeful that Lawrence Frank can help Knight develop the way Devin Harris did after getting to NJ.

  • Aug 16, 20114:03 pm
    by brgulker


    I am incredibly anxious to  compare this to Stuckey’s. Incredibly anxious.

  • Aug 19, 201110:20 am
    by Duke


    I wonder sometimes if the individuals making comments on blogs or post have even ever played the game. If you did, I think you would realize what a great asset Will Bynum is to any team.

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