To say Andrew Gaze, former San Antonio Spurs guard on their 1999 championship roster, is excited for his countryman Aron Baynes signing with the San Antonio Spurs would be an understatement.
He's not only excited, but he also is giving us a look at what type of player and person Baynes is. In an interview with Smh.com.au, Gaze indirectly tells us how Aron will be a perfect fit to the team from the get go.
''They don't recruit dills...Personality and team ethos is just as important to them as the ability to make a jump shot or get a rebound. They don't tolerate stupidity or those who don't buy into their system."
Baynes seems to be the perfect player for this team with that description.
The Spurs are a team without ego and selfishness, something that's top priority with the organization and head coach Gregg Popovich. While we don't know how his skills will actually translate in the big stage of the NBA, Gaze gives us his description of Baynes' game for those who haven't seen him.
''He is a strong talent with good size and more importantly he has tremendous athleticism for a big guy and runs the floor really well."
The Spurs are always looking for athletic strong guys to help Tim Duncan out in the post.
The team has had trouble dangling around the back end of the bench with Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair because they both bring in different qualities to the team. Baynes might bring in what both of them bring and may make the Spurs more dangerous with a solidified rotation, even if it's in the middle of the season.
Even though Baynes is coming into a situation with a new team and big expectations to help a team win a championship, he'll be around a core and team that's played alongside each other very well so he his transition can be smoother without having to do too much or carry the team.
Throughout the article, Gaze mentions this move as a "blessing from the hoop gods" for Baynes, but what's been reported so far, this seems to be a blessing for both sides.
ARON BAYNES 2012
Let me start by saying i am from Slovenija huge fan of Union Olimpija and i ve seen over 30 games played by my team this year most of them in person. Let me break player profile at DRAFT EXPRES and give u my perception of pply s abilities backed up by some stats:
* Physical presence
Arons ability as a powerful big man was dully noticed in Euroleage. Often pushing and carrying best opp. big man out of a paint like its nothing. Loncar,Davis even so called "Baby Shack Shortcanidis" 7th 250lbt Panathinaicos center couldnt muscle im inside.
* Little athleticism to speak of
TRUE AND FALSE
In Euroleague made a more than few power dunk and also posterized opp players. Standing dunk under the rim is standard weapon of choise. However thats is Euroleage in NBA his atletic skills would be most likely consider average at best. * LumberingI trully have no idea what that meens :))
* Leaping ability is poor
Having achieved 9.8 reb /game he was BEST rebounder in Euroleague and 3rd best in regional ABA leaguu (7.1reb). * Extremely fundamental playerTRUE Scoring and rebounting was never a problem for Aron, but the number of moves in offense is very limited. Posses great hook shot, can dunk on ppl, can score by shooting form close range.. ..and thats about it.
* Excellent touch around the basket
When he receve the ball in the paint he cant be stoped.
* Lacks any real creativity with his post moves
Same as "fundemental player".
* Holds his position wel
Like said befor he cant be moved inside even by bigger and heavier player.
* Does a good job on the defensive glass
TRUE AND FALSE
Having only 0.5 block per game in Euroleage and 0.9 in ABA league doesnt give a real picture of his inside defense. U have 2 realize that U.Olimpia played in Euro l. against teams who s basic offense is long range shootin (combine 72% live game points).Also never got "owned" by any big man in competision.His biggest problem was collectin lots of personal fouls, at start of a season he had 5 (max in europe) before the end of a game in 7 out of 9 games. Shown great progress on that area.
Aron Baynes is hard working, intelegent player who, under good coaching (Greg would be perfect for him!!!) could develept into a good player.
Some stats for Euroleague regular season:
Ranks #1 : 2-pointers made (54)#1 in Offensive Rebounds (39)#1 in Total Rebounds (98)#3 in Defensive Rebounds (59)#10 in Points (138)#11 in Fouls Drawn
Literally sounds like exactly the type of player we need. All he really has to prove is an ability to hedge and recover on screen and rolls b/c that's the post speed we really lack. As a big body though, should be perfect coming off the bench to help the 2nd or 3rd unit rebound.
@CraigThomas A more athletic Asik maybe? That would be awesome.
@Spursfan66 If he's anything like Asik, especially rebounding rise, we should be set.
Watched him a lot in ABA league,bc I live in that region and he didn't impress me with he's offensive game but is very strong body on defense,and thats all we need from him.Also,can fiinish good at a rim of a good passes and we pass the ball well,so that could be a good mash...