Bynum, playing in a game against the Washington Wizards.
|No. 12 – Detroit Pistons|
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 Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the point guard position.
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.
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.
Bynum signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel before the 2006–07 season. He played for Maccabi for two years and reached the Euroleague's final in 2008, averaging 10.6 points and 3 assists per game.
In the 2008–09 season, Bynum joined 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.
On March 12, 2010, Bynum became the first Piston in 25 years to record 20 assists in a game, getting 20 in a 101-87 victory over the Washington Wizards. That was the most assists recorded by anybody in one game in that season. The previous Piston to reach 20 had been Bynum's childhood idol, Isiah Thomas on April 12, 1985.
On July 16, 2013, Bynum re-signed with the Pistons. The contract was reported to be worth $5.75 million over two years.
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, 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."
NBA career statistics
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- NBA Development League: 2005 NBA D-League Draft Board
- Will Bynum Named D-League Rookie of the Year
- Euroleague.net profile
- Pistons 104, Bobcats 97
- "Pistons Re-Sign Guard Will Bynum". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- Maccabi TA's Will Bynum suspected of hit-and-run near nightclub, The Jerusalem Post, January 5, 2008
- Maccabi Tel Aviv guard's remand extended until Tuesday, The Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2008
- Basketball / Case closed on Bynum 'hit-and-run' affair, Haaretz, April 8, 2008
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Will Bynum.|
- NBA Profile
- Euroleague.net player file
- Player profile @ ramblinwreck.collegesports.com
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com