One of the things that sent Allen Iverson over the deep end in his aborted comeback from a back injury was this: Not only was he out of the starting lineup, he was playing behind Will Bynum. Will who? Now you know.
If you covered the names in the box score from the Pistons' crucial 104-97 victory over Charlotte Sunday and just looked at the numbers, you'd see a very A.I.-like line: 9-for-15 from the field, 14-for-16 from the line, 32 points (a franchise-record 26 in the fourth) and seven assists. (OK, everything but the seven assists.) Bynum, who is listed at the same 6-foot height as Iverson (both estimates are too low), arrived on the same day the Pistons moved on for good without Iverson.
As Iverson got closer to coming back from a back injury that caused him to miss a month, Pistons coach Michael Curry kept talking about how much he liked Bynum. Part of it was that Curry likes defense; Bynum plays it, Iverson doesn't. But Bynum showed how valuable he can be on the offensive end by trumping his three 20-point games in March with a sizzling scoring display in a game Detroit had to have.
The Pistons announced Monday that they've put postseason tickets on sale. They wouldn't have been able to make that announcement without the steadily improving play of Bynum. Sometimes, generic is just as good as the name brand. Maybe better.