Friday, November 20th, 2009 at 5:04 pm  |  16 responses

Will Bynum > Rodney Stuckey

And… BJ Elder > Bynum. (But that’s another story.)

by Eric WoodyardWill Bynum & Rodney Stuckey

Picture this…

We’re at the park and we’re shooting up for captains. I hit the first shot which gives me first captain and someone else hits after me which obviously gives them second captain. Among the players that we can choose from are Detroit Pistons guards Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum.

Who am I going to choose with the first pick? Will Bynum!

Bynum is more consistent, scrappier and a better basketball player than Rodney Stuckey. At first I thought it was just an illusion after his strong finish of the 2008-2009 season in Motown. Bynum averaged a solid 11.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting in just 19.5 minutes per contest in his first playoff series against King James and the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers of last season.

While Stuckey didn’t completely bow down to the Cavs, to his credit he did average 15.0 points and 5.3 assists but shot a nasty 39.3 percent from the field. In my opinion, if Bynum was given the green light that the Pistons give Stuckey than he would thrive in the same fashion.

After Stuckey’s first post-season season oust in the 2007-2008 season under Chauncey Billups in which he averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 assists on 37.1 percent shooting from the field, the Pistons were ready to place the franchise in Stuckey’s hands. With Bynum it’s different, it seems as though his performances go completely under-the-radar.

For example, his 24 points and 6 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers this past Tuesday in which he shot 75%…Or how about his 27-point effort against the Dallas Mavericks the game before that on 68.8% shooting…Or even his 16 points and 4 assists against the Charlotte Bobcats on 83% shooting on Nov. 11. This man is the truth! He has mad game.

“Bynumite” has a unique ability to bring the playground game to the NBA with his yo-yo handles and wet jumper that slices through the net. He brings that Chicago gritiness to the point guard position as the 6 foot (5-10 if you as me) guard steps up to the challenge to take on each of the League’s elite players at his position on a nightly basis.

Starting with his stupid hops, “Bynumite” will blow by you and dunk over you just like he did against the Bobcats.

Then he will cross you up like he did the last fool who challenged him.

Kevin Garnett challenges Will Bynum and learns his lesson

Or if you are stupid enough to test his street cred then he will just prove it to you like he did on the streets of Chi or at Georgia Tech.

Will Bynum GT Highlights

At this point, I am almost completely sold on my opinion that Will Bynum is clearly better than Rodney Stuckey. I’m not taking away anything that Stuckey does because he is a good young talent in the NBA today but I truly feel that if Will Bynum was placed in the same role that Stuckey is currently is in than he would be more productive.

The proof is not only in the statistics, but also for anyone who watches any Pistons games. Bynum always outplays Stuckey and that’s the moral to the story. Through 12 games, Bynum is putting up 14.3 points and 4.2 assists on 50.4 percent shooting as opposed to Stuckey’s 17.1 points and 3.8 assists on 38.7% shooting.

You do the math…

I would be willing to bet that my team at the park, led by Bynum, would beat that team led by Stuckey on any day. Any bets?

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I think Stuckey has more tools physically to be a better play be he’s just been too inconsistent. I think he’s been trying to score too much with RIP and Tayshaun gone. If he could cut his shots down to like 10-12 a game he’d be far more effective, but lately he’s been in the high teens – 20′s which is way too much for him. I’d like to see him posting him smaller gaurds more and he seems to have improved a bit on defense this year. My only problem with Bynum is that he really only has one speed, that being insanely fast, he’s not great at slowing things up. I think his style of play is best suited as a super sub to provide energy off the bench. That being said, Bynum has certainly outplayed Stuckey through the end of last season and at the beginning of this season, I’m just not so sure I’d want him starting. It’d be worth a try though I suppose.

  • http://www.forevercherishedproductions.com aaron

    It’s nice to have this debate :) The backcourt for the Pistons is pretty exciting. Between Stuckey, Gordon, and Bynum, each having “how they do that” moments.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/west-side-story/ Sean Ceglinsky

    Bynum is baller. Straight up baller.

  • underdog

    Bynum is so deserved some recognition from SLAM. It was ’bout time.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    You’re not alone. This whole season I’ve been trying to tell people Will Bynum is better than Stuckey..

  • http://www.slamonline.com JL

    Seems like Dumars has lost it since he drafted Milicic. Maybe he’s not the genius GM we all thought he was.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Chauncey Billups > Bynum and Stuckey

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    …and that picture is f.ucking hilarious.

  • http://www.forevercherishedproductions.com aaron

    “Chauncey Billups > Bynum and Stuckey”

    Last year YES. This year…not so much.

  • Michael Scorn

    I am praying this turns into a Shaq/Kobe type of drama.

  • http://www.curtin.edu.au Declan

    @ JL: Dude the Piston’s won an NBA championship after they drafted Darko, I don’t think that was what did it.

  • Ben Flook

    I have been thinkin this all year, loved Willy B since the Georgia Tech days. Loved that whole team actually (BJ Elder included) it would be great to see Will get the starting job sometime

  • Dagger

    How’s Bynum’s defence? Or are we forgetting about that end of the court entirely? Ultimately Stuckey has the size to (possibly) thrive on both ends of the court. I love Bynum but I think his size keeps him from being much more than a bench player.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I’ll take that bet. You guys yelling “Bynum is better than Stuckey!” are way off base. No doubt Bynum is good, but Stuckey is better when you consider the full package. Rodney averages almost 6 rebounds a game and looks to get his team in their offense and spaces the floor correctly. Stuckey’s defense, which is actually very good, is the reason the Pistons can run a 3-guard lineup and keep Bynum in the game without getting run out of the gym at the defensive end. Stuckey is asked to set up the offense and get everyone into their spots while Bynum is asked to come in and provide instant energy and has the green light much more than Stuckey does. Instead of debating between the two players Pistons fans should be happy that they have a solid 1-2 punch at the PG position.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    Bynum is the man. I want him on the KNICKS

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