When the Pistons signed Jonny Flynn to a training camp contract, the clear roster spot he would be gunning for would be the backup point guard spot currently occupied by Will Bynum. Dave Mayo of MLive talked to Bynum about that:
So when the Pistons signed an extra point guard last month in Jonny Flynn, a 2009 draft lottery pick who is trying out on a non-guaranteed contract, Bynum hardly flinched.
“I’m battle-tested, man,” Bynum said. “I’ve been here for years, with (Allen) Iverson and Rip (Hamilton), I’ve been with everybody. I enjoy it. I welcome it. It’s never been a problem with me. I’ve never been anywhere where there wasn’t competition. Me coming from where I come from, I kind of embrace that.”
That’s the attitude that makes Bynum so easy to root for (and I’m as guilty as anyone of rooting for him as hard as anyone despite some flaws in his game). Flynn, like any camp invite on any team, is a longshot to make the roster. But if it is truly a competition between he and Bynum, I’d fully expect Bynum to out-compete Flynn or anyone he’s battling against. He may not necessarily be better or have more upside, but he’s one of the most competitive players in the NBA, and the fact that he’s now a NBA veteran considering what he had to go through to get here is a testament to that competitiveness.
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