Bynum (right) during his tenure with the Detroit Pistons
|No. 39 – Boston Celtics|
January 4, 1983 |
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Crane (Chicago, Illinois)|
Georgia Tech (2003–2005)
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|2005–2006||Roanoke Dazzle (D-League)|
|2006||Golden State Warriors|
|2006–2008||Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
William "Will" Bynum (born January 4, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Arizona and Georgia Tech before going undrafted in the 2005 NBA draft.
High school career
Bynum attended Crane High School in Chicago, Illinois where he played for coach Anthony Longstreet. As a junior in 1999–2000, he averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game as he led the Cougars to a 20-9 record and helped them advanced to the Class AA Elite Eight, going on to earn all-state honors.
As a senior in 2000–01, Bynum averaged 27.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game as he earned all-city and Chicago Public Player of the Year honors. He was also a Chicago Tribune first-team all-state selection.
In his freshman season at Arizona 2001–02, Bynum averaged 6.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists as he posted three straight double-figure scoring efforts twice during the year and finished the year with nine double-figure scoring games. In the summer of 2002, he averaged 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game on Arizona's 10-game tour of Australia. He saw action in six contests (three starts) before returning home to Chicago to be with his mother, Rose, who had been in the hospital.
In his sophomore season, Bynum played just eight games for Arizona before deciding to leave the program on January 6, 2003 and subsequently enrolled at Georgia Tech seven days later in order to give his mother a better opportunity to see him play. For the rest of the 2002–03 season, he practised with the Yellow Jackets and participated in the team's spring strength and conditioning workouts and individual instruction.
Bynum became eligible to play for the Yellow Jackets following the 2003 fall semester exams and went on to play 30 games in 2003–04 while averaging 9.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 20.5 minutes per game. As a senior in 2004–05, he was named to the ACC All-Tournament first team after averaging 20.7 points in three games. He also scored a Georgia Tech ACC Tournament record 35 points in the Yellow Jackets' semi-final victory over North Carolina. For the season, he played 32 games while averaging 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.3 minutes per game.
After going undrafted in the 2005 NBA draft, Bynum joined the Boston Celtics for the 2005 NBA Summer League where in six games, he averaged 4.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. On August 19, 2005, he signed with the Celtics. However, he was later waived by the Celtics on October 25, 2005. On November 3, 2005, he was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2005 NBA D-League draft by the Roanoke Dazzle.
On March 17, 2006, Bynum signed a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors. On March 27, 2006, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Warriors. Two days later, he was named the 2006 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year. On April 6, 2006, he signed with the Warriors for the rest of the 2005–06 season.
After playing for the Warriors' Summer League team, Bynum was waived by the franchise on July 14, 2006.
On September 6, 2006, Bynum signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel for the 2006–07 season. He went on to help Maccabi win the 2007 Israeli Basketball Premier League championship. In 21 Euroleague games, he averaged 11.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
Bynum returned to Maccabi for the 2007–08 season and helped them reach the Israeli Cup final, the Premier League final and the Euroleague final. In 24 Euroleague games, he averaged 10.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Tel Aviv nightclub incident
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. 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.
Bynum's case was eventually closed with no charges after the investigation determined that the collision was not intentional and that his actions were justified. The Tel Aviv district attorney announced: "It was found that Will Bynum was in tangible danger, and under these circumstances, in order to save himself, had to escape immediately by driving his car. Therefore, the advocacy decided the accident took place in circumstances that forced Bynum to protect himself. As a result, he's exempt of criminal responsibility."
Bynum joined the Detroit Pistons for the 2008 NBA Summer League where he averaged 11.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in five games. On July 30, 2008, he signed with the Pistons. On April 5, 2009, he scored a franchise-record 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead Detroit to a 104-97 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. He finished the game with 32 points.
On March 12, 2010, Bynum recorded a career high 20 assists in a 101-87 victory over the Washington Wizards. It marked the first time a Pistons player had 20 or more assists since Isiah Thomas had 21 against Washington on April 12, 1985.
On July 30, 2010, Bynum re-signed with the Pistons on a three-year deal.
On July 16, 2013, Bynum re-signed with the Pistons on a multi-year deal.
NBA career statistics
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Bynum is the son of William and Rose Robinson, and has eight siblings. His father, a steelworker, died in 2007 from lung cancer and his mother is a diabetic. He and his wife have two daughters; Laila Rose (born 2007) and Aliya Gloria (born 2012).
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