question: why didn't pop play him against the pacers?! the one qtr where the spurs were beating them was when splitter was in there, but once he went down and pop went small it all unraveled because we needed a bigger defensive presnce around rim. hopefully pop will learn from this and not hesitate to go big with baynes when he's missing tim or tiago.
@alamoaggie08I think Pop gave Ayres the nod over Baynes in that game because of Jeffs familiarity with Pacers and their players. Many coaches believe in this approach in such situations. I'd be willing to bet that most players exceed their averages when playing against teams that they recently played for. That being said, I would have liked to see Baynes in for at least a few mins against Hibbert to see if he could put any pressure on him as he did with some success vs. Howard in LA series last year. It also looks to me like Pop is bringing him along slowly, similar to how he did with Tiago. I think if he sticks, next year he could make regular rotation.
Well tiago is taller than baynes so he has a better chance at blocking the shot or contesting it. Plus Baynes isn't experienced enough to handle Hibbert or West's versatility. Baynes might have the muscle to try to push them out of their sweets spots but that would mean they would then get physical in the post and Baynes doesn't have the self controlm, meaning foul trouble for him and you really don't want to foul Hibbert or West because their both pretty good free throw shooters. In time Baynes will learn and will do great though. I say one more year under Pop and he'll be ready.
@nicky2gs you are misinformed: i did not say that pop should play baynes over splitter, he should play baynes when splitter or tim isn't available and he needs a tall presence. tiago's height is what was affecting david west, and once pop went small west went to work on them. baynes is a much better interior defender than diaw, bonner or ayers and if anything would have provided a stronger presence in the paint and around the rim. if pop has one weakness it's being too dedicated to certain rotations and players even if the situation is wrong for them or if that player isn't performing. all i'm asking is in the future when pop needs to stay big and is mssing tiago or tim, he'll go with baynes instead of settling for small ball even if it hurts the team.
@nicky2gs you are over-complicating what I am trying to say way too much. i agree with you that different situations call for different players (which is entirely the point i'm trying to make) and more often than not diaw will be better, but...and that's a big BUT...if it's a situation where height and a defensive presence arounf the rim is needed, he should go with baynes (again, assuming tiago or tim isn't available). the few times we've seen baynes with the first or second unit he has held is own very well. i know pop will go with diaw and bonner more often than not, and in most cases that's the right way to go, but there are those few matchups (indiana, memphis, houston, missesota, etc) where if tim or tiago are missing baynes might be the better way to go. that's all i'm saying and it's not that complicated.
@alamoaggie08 I did misread your comment. I see what you mean about playing him more often in those situations. However, Pop is a man that firmly believes in opportunity. He doesn't play him because Bonner has more experience with Spurs and how they operate therefore he deservringly gets that nod and Diaw definitely deserves to play over Baynes because of his superior offensive skill over his. His defense may lack over Baynes when it comes to playing Indiana type teams but I'm sure over time Baynes will show he can play with the best of them. Opportunity came for Baynes versus the raptors and its just a matter of time before that happens again. That is why I say give it one more season or even another couple of months before he has a permanant spot behind tiago or tim. What do you think? I'm genuinely curious about your opinion..