Now entering his first full season with the team, Aron Baynes could really provide the San Antonio Spurs with something this upcoming season. Baynes was a surprise signing by the Spurs midway through last season, and saw only limited action in his first few months with the team.
But this could change next season for a few reasons.
Baynes was very impressive in during Summer League where he averaged 12 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game on 46.8 percent shooting. Baynes’ rebounding and rim-protecting abilities were on full display over the five games in Vegas. He even displayed a bit of touch from mid-range, a valuable asset for a big man.
Baynes ended Summer League really looking like a legitimate NBA player.
If Baynes is able to continue his summer league success into the season, he could carve out a spot in the Spurs’ rotation. In addition to his aforementioned ability to rebound and block shots, Baynes would give the Spurs some more muscle down low.
The only physical big man the Spurs really have is Tim Duncan (and possibly Jeff Pendegraph). Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw are more finesse type players. Baynes is very physical and with a 6-foot-10, 260-pound frame, he is a lot to handle. He would provide the Spurs with some additional muscle down low and could act as an “enforcer” off the bench.
So if all goes well, Aron Baynes could very well have a role with the Spurs this season. He still is quite raw and needs to work on the fine points of his game, but Baynes’ brute strength and size could be a valuable asset for San Antonio this upcoming season.