There's not much to say about someone who played 98 minutes this season, but we'll try our best. To start things off, let's do a quick review of Will Bynum's season:
- October 17: Pistons trade Will Bynum to Celtics for Joel Anthony. Boston makes the trade for Bynum with the intent of releasing him if they can't find a trade partner before teams have to trim their rosters down to 15 players.
- October 27: Celtics release Will Bynum.
- December 5: Unable to find work in the NBA, Bynum signs with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China as a replacement for the injured Emmanuel Mudiay.
- January 28: As the Wizards' bench continues to struggle, with Garrett Temple taking Andre Miller's role as the backup point guard, a report comes out that the Wizards could be interested in Will Bynum.
- February 11: John Wall says he "likes" Bynum's game.
- February 19: Unable to wait any longer for help with their bench, the Wizards trade Andre Miller for Ramon Sessions.
- March 2: Will Bynum injures his hamstring while playing in China.
- March 12: While they wait for Will Bynum to recover, the Wizards sign Toure' Murry to fill in for Garrett Temple, who also injured his hamstring.
- March 25: Toure' Murry sprains his ankle.
- March 26: Wizards sign Will Bynum, even though he told CSN Washington's Ben Standig his hamstring still felt "a little weak" after injuring it at the start of the month.
- March 27: Plays 2:57 in his first appearance as a Wizard.
- April 8: Has 10 points and 7 assists in the Wizards' rout of the 76ers.
- April 15: Goes 5-15 from the field against the Cavaliers' backups as the Wizards close the regular season.
- May 9: Scores 9 points, including two on late free throws to help lift the Wizards to a Game 3 victory over the Hawks without John Wall.
- May 11: Scores 10 points in under 15 minutes for the Wizards in Game 5, but has no assists, four turnovers, and reminds everyone why John Wall is still a good player to have around in Game 4 loss.
The only grade you can give Will Bynum after this season is incomplete. There's almost nothing to evaluate performance-wise this season, and what little is out there is clouded by his injury and the level of competition he faced.
That said, if he has any shot at returning to Washington next season, he needs to something to prove he has more to offer because this year's results were not encouraging. Bynum was 8-14 on layups and finger rolls this season, but just 10-for-32 on everything else. Here's his shot chart for this season from the regular season and the playoffs, via Basketball-Reference:
If that shot chart belonged to Tony Allen, it would be one thing, but Will Bynum was not brought in to be FIRST TEAM ALL-DEFENSE, nor was he brought in to be a dazzling distributor. Will Bynum was brought in to provide scoring off the bench, and he only did that once in his short time in Washington. If he can't score, there's no point in keeping him around for next season.
Optimistically, you could argue it came after Bynum had more time to rest his hamstring, and the Will Bynum we saw hold down the fort with John Wall out is closer to the Will Bynum we could see next season. And to be fair, for as much as Ramon Sessions did to solve the Wizards' need for a backup point guard, they could still use another capable ballhandler moving forward. But Bynum is going to have to do a lot more than just show he can still dribble a basketball next season if he wants a full season to show his worth in Washington.