I'll take 6 hard fouls from Baynes any day. But that being said, I think he'll polish up his offense a bit and make the proper adjustments on the defensive side to be a good bench option.
I think I prefer Pendergraph over Baynes at the moment though. I really think Jeff has the potential to bring a better overall defensive game than most of us expect. And that offensive athleticism and midrange jumper game of his could be really nice to see in the pick and roll in the second unit with Manu.
I believe he can be a solid big man off the bench, Can come in when Splitter needs to sit and we won;t lose anything, Can be the "enforcer" when needed!
Baynes does have potential, and he's grown on me. I think I can crack the rotation. He's more athletic than I originally thought. He just needs to learn to play with more finesse and gain better knowledge of the Spurs system. I just like the fact that he comes across as a tough guy. I welcome toughness to the Spurs. Against the Lakers, Dwight Howard could NOT move Baynes out of the way! If he learns how to play with more control, Baynes will have a solid career in the NBA with the Spurs.
I'm starting the year optimistic about Baynes as a medium term project. Not sure he projects as a starter, but he has size, strength, athleticism, a good work ethic, international experience and is in a great club for developmental purposes. As davehasabeard says though, he is going to need to limit his fouling to get quality minutes on the floor. If he can do that, he can definitely crack the rotation - and he has the potential to play an even larger role 1-2 years down the road.
i guess i don't read this blog enough i don't know who bonbon is...but anyways i don't think Baynes will be much more then a body to have practice with, as much as i do like him, i just wish he could play more then 30 seconds without fouling someone.
i think hes gonna compete with bonbon and jeff pendergraph for the 4th big. tiago and tim start, diaw is automatcially the 3rd big. so its bonbon, baynes and jeff for two big spots. somebody is gonna be left on the inactive list. of course bonbon isnt gonna ever be cut loose or traded smh, but its betweet baynes and jeff and i dont think spurs paid him 2 mil a year to be on the inactive list. there i think i just answered my own question. imo baynes can be like a chris anderson type of big which we need, a big that dunks everything, can block shots and he does have some offense but hes mainly a rebounder and bruiser. i hope we can trade bonbon and open up a spot so he can actually play.