Aron Baynes

Position
Height
Birthdate
Jnr. Association
Born
Center
208 cm
9 Dec 86
Cairns (QLD)
Gisborne (NZ)

Player profile

Although born in New Zealand, Aron Baynes was raised and played his junior basketball in Far North Queensland. He was a late adopter to the game of basketball, instead focusing on playing Rubgy in the small 7,000 strong towns of Mareeba.

He began playing basketball only in his late teens after his brother Callum (who played two seasons for Brisbane in the NBL) told a local basketball coach about his 15 year old brother who already stood at 6’8″. Quickly, Baynes attracted the attention of nearby Cairns Taipans coach Aaron Fearne with his size, strength and athleticism. Baynes was selected to play for Queensland that same year.

Baynes impressed in state competition and in 2005, he earned a scholarship to the AIS, joining a team which featured four future NBA stars (Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Nathan Jawai and Baynes).

 

COLLEGE 

After one season in Canberra, the 208cm star headed to the USA, after multiple offers from American colleges, deciding to take up a scholarship at Washington State University.

Baynes would establish himself as one of the most physically gifted big men in college basketball, helping the Cougars to several NCAA tournament runs. By the time Baynes graduated he had etched himself into all-time top 10 in field goal percentage (eighth – .546) and blocks (seventh – 93).

The next few years were a series of one season stopovers for Baynes which included a brief stint in the NBA Summer League with the Los Angeles Lakers. He then began his professional career in Lithuania where he didn’t understand the language, stopovers in European countries like Germany and Greece before signing with Slovenia, where he would rapidly become the best big man outside of the NBA.

It was a remarkable Euroleague season for Baynes, who was in the top 10 for points and rebounds despite his team getting knocked out of competition at the first group stage.

 

NBA

These performances didn’t go unnoticed, with Baynes signing a deal with the San Antonio Spurs to join the NBA ranks alongside Boomers teammate Patty Mills and former Boomers Head Coach Brett Brown.

On 23 January 2013, Baynes signed with the San Antonio Spurs quickly showed he could produce in the NBA, recording seven points, nine rebounds and one block in his second NBA game.

He moved to and from the D-League multiple times during the 2012–13 season,

By NBA playoffs of 2014, Baynes had become part of the Spurs regular rotation, he recorded playoff career-high numbers of 10 points and seven rebounds in a 116–92 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals. Baynes would go on to help the Spurs defeat the Miami Heat 4–1 in the 2014 NBA Finals and become an NBA champion.

In the 2014-15 season, Baynes had a career-high 16 points while starting in place of Tim Duncan in a 99–93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. In July  2015, Baynes signed with the Detroit Pistons as a free agent.

The “Big Banger” has continued to dominate NBA big men ever since.

 

AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS

Baynes first played for the Australian national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship where he received limited minutes. He has been a starter for the Boomers since the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where the team was eliminated in the quarter-finals by the USA. Baynes averaged 8 points and 3 rebounds for the tournament.

At the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, where the Boomers finished 8th. Baynes was the team’s leading scorer (17ppg) and rebounder (7rpg). The Boomers’ Rio campaign saw Baynes and the Aussies reach the bronze medal match, where they lost to Spain. Baynes averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds for the tournament.

NBA Stats

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG% 3P% 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-1326SASNBAC1608.8.500.000.514.5000.40.8.5830.81.32.00.30.10.40.71.42.7
2013-1427SASNBAC5349.3.436.436.4360.40.4.9051.11.72.70.60.00.10.71.53.0
2014-1528SASNBAC701716.0.566.250.570.5671.31.5.8651.63.04.50.50.20.30.92.36.6
2015-1629DETNBAC81115.2.505.000.508.5051.62.0.7641.73.04.70.60.30.60.81.96.3
2016-1730DETNBAC75215.5.513.513.5131.11.3.8401.53.04.40.40.20.50.72.24.9
CareerNBA2952414.1.514.143.516.5141.11.3.8111.52.74.10.50.20.40.82.05.2
2 seasonsDETNBA156315.4.508.000.510.5081.31.7.7921.63.04.60.50.20.60.82.05.6
3 seasonsSASNBA1392112.6.521.200.524.5220.81.0.8471.32.33.60.50.10.20.81.94.8

current salary and contract

January 23, 2013: Signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs.

September 26, 2014: Re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs

July 12, 2015: Signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons

In 2015, Aron Baynes signed a three-year deal worth $20,000,000 to play with the Detroit Pistons.

Year
Team
Age
Salary
2015-16
 
29
$12,000,000
2016-17
30
$6,500,000
2017-18
31
$6,500,000
2018
Aron Baynes will become uncontracted in 2018

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