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Will Bynum
Bynum warmups.jpg
Bynum, foreground, during warmups for a game against the Washington Wizards.
Detroit Pistons  – No. 12
Point guard
Born January 4, 1983 (1983-01-04) (age 27)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
League NBA
High school Crane
College Georgia Tech
Draft Undrafted, 2005
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Roanoke Dazzle (2005–06)
Golden State Warriors (2006)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (2006–08)
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William "Will" Bynum (born January 4, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player currently playing for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA. He plays the point guard position. He recently signed a two-year contract with Detroit after catching the eye of former Pistons head coach Michael Curry.

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Early life and college career

After starring at Crane High School in Chicago, Bynum played for the University of Arizona. After his sophomore season, he transferred to Georgia Tech. He helped the Yellow Jackets reach the Final Four, where they lost to the Connecticut Huskies in the championship game. Bynum previously hit the last-second game-winning shot against Oklahoma State to propel Tech to the championship game.

NBA

After signing a contract with the NBA's Boston Celtics in the off-season of 2005, he participated in NBA preseason play and was subsequently waived before the start of the 2005–06 regular season. He appeared for the Golden State Warriors during that season, playing 15 games from 19 March–19 April 2006. Prior to that, he played for the Roanoke Dazzle of the NBA Development League, drafted 5th overall and winning the 2005–06 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year award.[1][2]

Bynum signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel before the 2006–07 season. He played for Maccabi for two years before signing with the Detroit Pistons.

In a game against the Charlotte Bobcats on April 5, 2009, Bynum set the Pistons' club record for points in a quarter by an individual player, netting 26 in the fourth quarter of a winning effort.[3]

On March 12, 2010, Bynum became the first Pistons in 25 years to record 20 assists in a game, getting 20 in a 101-87 victory over the Washington Wizards. The previous Piston to reach 20 had been Bynum's childhood idol, Isiah Thomas on April 12, 1985.

Tel Aviv nightclub incident

Bynum matching up against Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks

On January 5, 2008, Bynum hit a 22-year-old man with his car outside a Tel Aviv nightclub and then fled the scene. The man was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries. Bynum was later questioned and taken into custody by police.[4] It was initially alleged that Bynum, who was out celebrating his 25th birthday, hit the man with his vehicle after a brawl in which his brother was stabbed, and other players were attacked as well. The prosecution also claimed he would try to flee the country if released. As a result, a judge extended his remand. He was later released to house arrest.[5]

Bynum's case was eventually closed with no charges, the investigation determining that the collision was not intentional and that his actions were justified. The Tel Aviv district attorney announced: "It was found that Bynum was in tangible danger. Under the circumstances he was forced to escape in his car immediately in order to save himself. Therefore the prosecutor's office has decided that the accident took place in circumstances that forced Bynum to protect himself. As a result he is exempt of criminal responsibility."[6]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Golden State 15 0 10.8 .404 .222 .625 .8 1.3 .5 .0 3.6
2008–09 Detroit 57 1 14.1 .456 .158 .798 1.3 2.8 .6 .0 7.2
Career 72 1 13.4 .449 .179 .778 1.2 2.4 .6 .0 6.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Detroit 4 0 19.5 .462 .250 1.000 1.5 2.5 1.2 .0 11.8
Career 4 0 19.5 .462 .250 1.000 1.5 2.5 1.2 .0 11.8

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Preceded by
James Thomas
NBA Development League
Rookie of the Year

2005–2006
Succeeded by
Louis Amundson
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