Needing some help in the post while San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan is day-to-day with injury, the Spurs made no hesitation in recalling Aron Baynes from the Austin Toros.
Baynes played two games with the Toros. Although he struggled through his most recent game, in which he was injured, Baynes had a solid Toros debut, finishing with 30 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots on Friday against the Bakersfield Jam.
The Australian big man should be able to help shore up the Spurs' frontcourt while Duncan is out. While Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will likely call on Boris Diaw to start next to Tiago Splitter, having Baynes alongside DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner certainly couldn't hurt, especially against bigger teams like Minnesota, Brooklyn and Chicago coming up on the schedule.
Baynes should be available for Wednesday night's game against the Timberwolves.
Joseph selected to D-League All-Star game
While Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich are already set to head to Houston for the NBA's All-Star weekend later this month, they'll now be joined by Cory Joseph who has split time between the Spurs and the Austin Toros this season.
Joseph will be representing the Toros at the D-League All-Star game on February 16 and is one of ten players selected for the prospects team.
This season, Joseph is averaging 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. He is the Toros' leading scorer and second-leading scorer in the D-League.
Joseph had his detractors initially, not me. If he would have stayed another year at Texas, the Spurs would not have had a shot at drafting him. He has showed good defensive skills and determination, and steady progress in his shooting, and overall command running the offense. He is no Parker speed wise, but he is crafty in getting his shot off in the lane. He is patiently learning. Pop likes that kind of stuff!
Looking forward to seeing what Aron Baynes will do. Congrats to Cory Joseph for being selected to play in the D-League All-Star game.