From interviews with people who know him and the man himself, you know that Aron Baynes could be an answer to the San Antonio Spurs' prayers.
His worth ethic and determination both ends of the floor make him a rare player we don't see much in the NBA. Unlike specialists or one dimensional players in recent years, Baynes is a player who prides himself in scoring, rebounding, defending, and whatever else the team needs him to do. That type of character has a lot to do with the player himself, but he does need some molding along the way.
Aaron Fearne, Baynes' Cairns now former Taipans coach, had a lot to do with that. He's credited for helping Aron's development to the player he is today.
In an interview with ABC.net.au, we get a bit more insight about his former coach and his philosophy.
"He has a philosophy about the way the game should be played and he's instilled that in a lot of players he's coached....I try and do whatever the team needs at the time and if that means getting your hands dirty, or being an energy guy, that's what I'm willing to do. In some ways there is that similarity about how he played and how I play."
Baynes seems to have all the attributes the Spurs have been lacking since their last championship. The team no longer has a strong inside presence with Tim Duncan not being able to constantly back down opponents like he used to and the Spurs have had trouble rebounding since then also.
They no longer have a tough inside presence with intangibles since Robert Horry retired either and it seems Baynes brings a little bit of everything the team is lacking. It'll be exciting to see if Aron can duplicate the same game he had overseas to the NBA.
The players in the league here are more stronger and physical than overseas and it doesn't seem Baynes will be bothered by it since that's his style. His play might also leave a crack on the championship window for the Spurs and a few more years of Duncan in a Spurs uniform.
It's all speculation, but Baynes is in a unique situation with a contending team with no egos where his hype won't play a big part for a while and that's something that could make the Spurs extremely dangerous. That's something Spurs fans wouldn't have without Aaron Fearns mentoring a young Aron Baynes into the player he's become today.
any word when he will be available? tims down right now, that extra body could come in handy when blairs floater and is dribble once then spin to bounce the ball off the glass moves are figured out 4 minutes into the game and he becomes ineffective.
In uniform tonight! ;) I'm hoping for minutes! :)
@Spurs 4 life @JohnAbney - a chance peek at the future w/ TD and Pop expected to be resting, Kawhi coming off a break to join TS & some minutes from AB alongside Patty under coach Bud; If there are 'too many bigs', Diaw can play SF too. Back to the present, TP and Manu can provide stability. Just part of my wishlist today...
I don't know why some people think this guy is a project. He was brought over here midseason, even WITH Tiago Splitter improving greatly. That shows Pop wants this guy to contribute NOW! I doubt Pop will bury him on the bench like Blair. I just want to him be a stud on defense. He doesn't need to score a lot of points (we have plenty of scorers). If he can just make it hell for the guy he is guarding, make it difficult for other post players to score, and hustle on the boards and grab rebounds, I'm all good. Everything else is just icing on the cake for me.
Agree!If you watch our team,there's definitely room for another C,which Baynes is!Tiago is in starting lineup right now,and Diaw is really ONLY serious big coming in from our bench(I don't consider Blair and Bonner serious bigs,especially in PO).With Baynes out there wtih 2nd unit, we won't get pushed around anymore and he can guard opponent's bigs in the post without doubleing to much, which gives us better balance on defense.I really hope he can provide all aforementioned!
I'm sure he can bring the same kind of form that Pop took noticed of him simply because the numbers of international players in the Spurs roster and don't forget, his Australian National Team coach is non other Brett Brown, Pops current assistant.