Team: Detroit Pistons #12
Birth Place: Chicago, IL
College: Georgia Tech
Born and raised in Chicago, Bynum dedicated his youth to playing basketball despite the distractions of his tumultuous south side neighborhood. During his time at legendary Crane High School, Bynum was named All City and Player of the Year for Chicago public schools. In college, he starred for Georgia Tech earning All-Tournament honors during the 2004 NCAA Final Four and as a Georgia Tech senior he averaged 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game. Bynum went undrafted out of college, but entered the NBA’s Development League determined to prove that he belonged. Bynum quickly became a standout in the league, winning the 2005-2006 Rookie of the Year award. Following his time in the D League, Bynum played overseas for two years, eventually becoming an integral part of a championship team and paving his way to the NBA.
In 2008, Will signed with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. He has established himself as one of the hardest working and most explosive players on the court. In 2009, the high-flying point guard set a Pistons team record for most points in a quarter at 26, and in March 2010 he became the first Piston in 25 years to record 20 assists in a game. Will signed with Above the Rim in 2010, saying, “I like what Above the Rim stands for, from its core it represents what I am all about.”