Guard Will Bynum stands off to the side of the Pistons practice court, beaming with confidence and swagger.

He should carry that swagger because people are falling asleep on his value. Bynum is more than a guy to give starters a breather. He is a legit threat. The guy can play and my fear is he won't get the chance to show what he can do. Yes, he stands with confidence. But he also stands in a crowded field of guards. Brandon Jennings will be the starting point guard when he returns to the team after the season begins. Rodney Stuckey is still valued mostly because he is a bigger guard. Chauncey Billups brings championship experience and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the promising rookie.

But there is something about Bynum. He is not a household name, yet he can bring fear off the bench. Bynum is this team's version of the old Microwave.

He can get hot like Vinnie Johnson and Bynum has the same confidence.

Coach Maurice Cheeks and Bynum have talked about playing time and there are indications Bynum will get his shot.

Why?

"These guards don't do what I do on a basketball court so I don't worry about playing," Bynum said. "I talked to Mo Cheeks and he didn't say anything about me not playing. I am going to continue to work and get better. I was never worried about me playing. You all were."

When Bynum is on, there are few who can stop him; when Bynum is off his game, nobody needs to guard him. He will guard himself. However, we won't see as many of those games. Bynum used to play as if his only worth was to take the ball to the hole and score — and on some nights, that is all he tried.

Now, his mindset is to run a team. That is why his line of 17 points and nine assists in the final preseason game against Minnesota was significant. No Pistons guard sets up Andre Drummond better than Bynum. And last I checked, Drummond is a pretty big deal on this team.