Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
33-Year-Old CenterC
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
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Injury Knee
Est. Return 8/13/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After spending the last two seasons in Boston, Baynes was traded to Phoenix on the day of the 2019 NBA Draft. It'll be a big change of scenery for Baynes, who is going from a perennial contender to a team focusing on the development of its young talent. Baynes is coming off a final season with the Celtics plagued by a lingering ankle injury that led to him appearing in just 51 games, and he ended up averaging 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds across 16.1 minutes per contest. Now in Phoenix, Baynes will come off the bench, with second-year center DeAndre Ayton and newly-acquired Dario Saric likely slotting in as the team's starting frontcourt. With that, Baynes will likely be competing with Frank Kaminsky for the frontcourt minutes off the bench. While Kaminsky offers the benefits of a legitimate floor-spacing big man, Baynes is a much better defensive center, sets brick-wall screens and has seen improvement in his three-point shooting himself, as he hit 34.4 percent of his shots from behind the arc last year. Regardless, barring any serious injuries, it's unlikely Baynes has an extensive role for the Suns this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10.65 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2018. Exercised $5.45 million player option for 2019-20 in June of 2019. Traded to the Suns in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Baynes was born in 1986 to parents Marton and Barbara in Gisborne, New Zealand. He's the youngest of three children, and his older brother Callum introduced him to basketball. Baynes' family moved from Gisborne to Mareeba, Australia, when he was three years old. His athletic career started with rugby at Mareeba State High School, and he eventually quit rugby in favor of focusing on basketball full-time. After high school, Baynes attended the Australian Institute of Sport for one year before heading to the United States to attend Washington State. He owns a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. Baynes likes to spend his free time working with veterans or at youth basketball clinics. You can follow Baynes on Twitter (@aronbaynes) and Instagram (@houseobayne).

College/International Summary

Baynes finished third in blocks (1.3) per game and blocks (43) in the 2008-09 Pac-10 as a senior. Additionally, the Gisborne, New Zealand native came in fourth in two-point field goal percentage (57.8) per game, as well as fifth in both total rebounds (247) and total rebounds per game (7.5) in the 2008-09 Pac-10 season. Along with rebounds and blocks per game, Baynes led Washington State in offensive rebounds (2.1), defensive rebounds (5.4), two-point field goals (4.6) and free throws (3.4) during his senior year at Washington State in 2008-09 season. The center helped lead Washington State to the 2009 NIT tournament. He was second on the team in points per game (12.7). As a junior, Baynes helped lead the Cougars to the 2008 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. In the 2007-08 season, he led Washington State in rebounds (6.0) and defensive rebounds (4.2) per game. After playing several years in Europe, Baynes signed with the San Antonio Spurs in January 2013.

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Knee
August 11, 2020
Baynes (knee) did not play in Tuesday's win over Philadelphia.
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Baynes' status was never fully clarified, but he was bumped up to questionable prior to game time, so he appears to be nearing a potential Orlando debut. The big man may be available for Thursday's seeding game finale Thursday versus Dallas.
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2018

Baynes averaged 5.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 51 appearances with Boston in 2018-19. A reserve for most of last season, Baynes started 18 games for Boston and saw his per-game averages rise to 6.7/5.9/1.2 in those contests. He reached double figures eight times and finished last season with three double doubles. Baynes also added a three-point shot to his offensive repertoire, attempting a career-high 61 threes in 2018. He knocked down 34.4 percent of those three-pointers while shooting 47.1 percent from the field -- a mark equal to what he posted in 2017-18. Baynes also posted an effective field-goal percentage of 51.8, good for the second-best mark of his career. He missed a large chunk of the regular season due to a broken hand that required surgery but returned in time for the playoffs, where Baynes averaged 2.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game over nine appearances. Playing behind Al Horford, Baynes averaged the second-highest per-game minute total of his NBA career with 16.1. His 0.7 blocks per game also represented a career-high for the 32-year-old. Baynes particularly enjoyed playing on Friday, as his per-game averages spiked to 8.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 10 contests landing on that day.

2017

With the Celtics in 2017-18, Baynes played in 81 of 82 games for the second time in the past three years. Baynes made 67 starts for Boston, logging four double-doubles in addition to a pair of games in which he finished with at least 20 points. Baynes' best effort of the season was a monster 26-point, 14-rebound game in a win over Brooklyn in the regular-season finale on April 11. Baynes posted that line in just 20:48 worth of action. Baynes' play also translated into the playoffs. Baynes suited up in all 19 of Boston's playoff games, receiving double-digits in minutes in all but one. Over the course of Boston's seven-game Eastern Conference Finals series, Baynes played 21.3 minutes per game while chipping in 5.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. He also nailed 11 three-pointers in those 19 playoff contests. His best playoff performance was during the clinching Round 2 game against the 76ers. Baynes played 25 minutes, posting 13 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

2016

Baynes entered his second season with the Pistons with some increased competition for post minutes. Not only did Andre Drummond return, but Detroit also added both Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic via free agency. While his numbers dipped slightly when it was all said and done, Baynes still recorded a few personal milestones on the season. Despite dealing with back tightness and suffering a broken nose in the preseason, Baynes was still ready for the regular-season opener Oct. 26, collecting eight points and three rebounds in a loss to Toronto. He saw double-digit minutes in every game through November, with the highlight of that stretch coming in a Nov. 14 victory over the Thunder. Baynes started that contest in place of Drummond, and racked up 20 points and eight rebounds. He continued in his role as a reserve big man but had a small setback in the form of an ankle injury that cost him two games in early January. Baynes was back in good form by March, however, recording his first double-double March 15 in a loss to Utah. Just two games later, Baynes set a career high with 17 rebounds in his second double-double of the season. While there were a few bright moments, Baynes ultimately sat out the last five games of the year with the Pistons in rebuild mode and wanting to get a look at younger talent. He finished the year with averages of 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds across 75 games.

2015

Baynes signed with the Pistons in July, setting the stage for his first NBA season outside of San Antonio. He also underwent ankle surgery in the offseason, but he was back in time for preseason action in mid-October. He made his Pistons debut Oct. 27 against the Hawks, picking up six points and five rebounds across 11 minutes. Baynes continued to serve as a reserve big man, averaging 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds through 53 games leading up to the All-Star break. In the second half, he set a new career high with 21 points (8-13 FG) during a March 19 victory over Brooklyn. He made his first and only start with Detroit that year in the regular-season finale on April 13, collecting 14 points and five rebounds in a victory over Cleveland. At the conclusion of the regular season, Baynes just missed a new career-best scoring average, putting up 6.3 PPG. He did set a new career high in rebounding (4.7 RPG), which was the fifth-best mark on the team. He and the Pistons made it to the postseason as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they were swept in the first round by the Cavaliers. Baynes appeared as a reserve in all four of those games, collecting 10 points and eight rebounds overall.

2014

After playing with Australia in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Baynes returned to the U.S. and signed a new contract with the defending NBA champions. In what would be his best NBA season to date, Baynes made his first start of the year Nov. 5 against the Rockets, taking the place of Tim Duncan. He made the most of that opportunity, recording his first career double-double with 12 points (4-10 FG, 4-5 FT) and 12 rebounds. Baynes made just one more start for the rest of November, but reached double figures six total times on the month. He started in place of Duncan once again Dec. 1, scoring a career-high 15 points in that contest. Baynes set another career high later that month with 16 points against the Mavericks. He continued from there as a key reserve, even starting seven times in eight games during a stretch in February. His momentum was derailed a bit in March when he missed five games due to bruised ribs and ankle trouble, but he returned to finish the year strong. Baynes set new career highs when he scored 18 points in back-to-back games to start the month of April, and averaged 10.9 points through eight April games (four starts). Baynes finished the regular season with new career highs in scoring (6.6 ppg) and rebounding (4.5 rpg). He appeared in four postseason games, but the Spurs were ultimately eliminated by the Clippers in a seven-game series in the first round.

2013

Despite an offseason hamstring injury that cost Baynes the 2013 FIBA Oceana Championships, Baynes was ready to go by the time Spurs camp started for the 2013-14 season. Early on, Baynes was often subject to an unpredictable Spurs rotation, recording seven DNPs in the month of November. He even spent two brief stints with the Austin Torreros of the NBA D-League, but was back with the Spurs on Dec. 9 and never looked back. In fact, he set a career high with 14 points (7-9 FG) in his first game back on Dec. 10, helping the Spurs in a win over Toronto. Baynes proceeded to make his first career start Dec. 19, collecting two points and three rebounds across nine minutes on the floor. He ultimately made three more starts on the season, including back-to-back games to end the year. Baynes played a total of 53 regular season games in his second NBA season, but was limited a bit in the second half due to both rib and knee injuries. For the season, Baynes averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest. He also appeared in 14 of San Antonio's 23 postseason games, chipping in 2.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per postseason contest. His best playoff showing was the opening game of the Round 2 Portland series, where he put up 10 points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes. Baynes and the Spurs went on to win the 2013 NBA Championship, defeating the Miami Heat in five games.

2012

Baynes had a four-year collegiate career with Washington State that ended in 2008-09, but went overseas after graduation to spend time in various European leagues. He last played for Union Olimpija of the Slovenian league before signing with the Spurs on Jan. 23, 2013. Baynes then made his NBA debut Jan. 25 against Dallas, but saw less than a minute on the court. A few days later, he scored seven points and recording a season-high nine rebounds in a Jan. 30 matchup against Charlotte. Over the next few months, as Baynes was moved back and forth between the Spurs and the Austin Toros of the D-League. He ended up seeing 11 games total with the Toros, averaging 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per D-League contest. He ultimately appeared in 16 regular-season games for the Spurs. Baynes returned to the the team for the NBA postseason, appearing in all four games of the opening round sweep of the Lakers. He even started Game 4, collecting six points and two rebounds across 16 minutes. Baynes was then a healthy scratch for the remainder of the postseason, and San Antonio went on to lose to the Heat in the NBA Finals.

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Transaction History
  • 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 three-year contract with the Detroit Pistons.
  • July 19, 2017
    Signed a one-year contract with the Boston Celtics.
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Boston Celtics.
  • July 6, 2019
    Traded by the Boston Celtics with Ty Jerome to the Phoenix Suns for a top-7 protected 2020 1st round draft pick.
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Baynes knows his role and plays it well. And yet a funny thing happened during last season’s playoffs: Baynes drained 11 three pointers in 19 games. That may not sound alarming, until you realize that prior to the playoffs, the man with the bun had hit only four shots from behind the arc over his entire six-year NBA career. Those 11 playoff threes came on only 23 attempts, making for a tidy 48% accuracy rate. Small sample size aside, if Baynes can carry over that extended range into 2018-19, he may be able to emerge as more than an energy big man off the bench. That said, with Al Horford entrenched as the starter, Gordon Hayward returning, and Jayson Tatum looking like a future star, veterans Baynes and Marcus Morris will have a difficult time carving out big-time minutes.
Maybe American cash translates a funny way into New Zealand currency. Baynes turned down the $6.5 million player option in his Detroit Piston contract to hit free agency, eventually settling on a $4.3 million one-year agreement with Boston. While the pay cut might sting, Baynes’ chances for a Finals appearance have increased considering the loaded Celtics roster. And maybe Baynes believes he can improve on the 15.5 minutes per game he received in Detroit, backing up Andre Drummond. The departures of Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Tyler Zeller certainly open up a lot of big man minutes in Boston. Baynes might also receive a few starts at center should coach Brad Stevens experiment with Al Horford at power forward. It’s no secret that Boston needs rebounding help and rim protection. Baynes will battle with German import Daniel Theis to prove who can be the better rebounder off the bench. With potentially eleven new members on the Celtics’ roster, including Baynes, expect Stevens to experiment with different lineups throughout the season. That could mean some DNP’s as well as some 20 minute games for the 30-year-old Baynes. Most likely, Baynes’ role will not be established until the All-Star break
As was the case in San Antonio, Baynes occupied the primary backup center role in Detroit after signing a three-year, $20 million contract with the team last summer. While starter Andre Drummond dominated the playing time at the position and was generally able to stay healthy this season, Baynes performed effectively in his 15.2 minutes per game over 81 appearances, churning out averages of 6.3 points (on 50.5% shooting) and 4.7 boards. Unlike Drummond, Baynes excels at the charity stripe, where his career 80.1 mark makes him a great alternative when opposing teams choose to play 'Hack-a-Drummond.' Though the Pistons brought in another former San Antonio center in Boban Marjanovic this offseason, he's more of an insurance policy and may not claim the top backup job until next summer, when Baynes will become a free agent and figures to sign elsewhere. Baynes' fantasy upside remains limited given Drummond's fairly pristine record on the health front, but he'll provide the Pistons with some real value whenever he's on the floor.
Baynes played his first three seasons in the NBA with the Spurs but opted to sign a three-year deal with the Pistons this summer. Through 70 games last season, he averaged 6.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 16 minutes per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 87 percent from the line. With Greg Monroe leaving the Pistons to sign with the Bucks this summer, the Pistons needed to secure a competent big man who could serve as a nice backup for Andre Drummond. In signing Baynes, coach Stan Van Gundy insulated the team from having a poor backup center by getting a player who has experience playing on a championship team. Baynes' stellar free-throw shooting is also a great compliment to Drummond's lackthereof. If a team wants to do hack-a-Shaq on Drummond, Van Gundy can put Baynes in the game with his 87 percent free-throw shooting and force the opposition into playing the uptempo game the Pistons want to play. If Drummond goes down with an injury at some point this season, Baynes could have standard league value, but as he's expected to be a backup all season, there's no reason to draft him in anything but the deepest of leagues. Baynes underwent a minor ankle procedure this offseason that he's still working his way back from, but the reports seem to point toward him being healthy going into training camp at the end of September.
Aron Baynes completed his first full NBA season in 2013-14 after signing with the Spurs following the end of the Australian professional season in January of 2013. Last season, he averaged 3.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, and 0.1 blocks in nine minutes per game through 53 games. He shot 44 percent from the field on 3.1 attempts per game and 91 percent from the line on 0.4 attempts per game. Baynes is currently a restricted free agent, with the Spurs holding rights of first refusal on any offer sheet Baynes receives from another team after they extended him a qualifying offer in June. He has yet to receive an offer and is reportedly weighing his options with teams in Europe, making his future in the NBA unclear. Baynes played for the Spurs' Las Vegas Summer League team, averaging 12.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 26 minutes per game through four games. If he decides to re-sign with the Spurs, Baynes will play behind Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter and compete with Jeff Ayres for the remaining minutes at center. For him to get big minutes, something catastrophic would have to happen in San Antonio, so for now, Baynes is only worth a look in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Although a regular on the Australian national team, at 26, Baynes has yet to clock significant NBA minutes, serving as bench fodder behind Splitter in eight minutes per contest over 16 games during the 2012-2013 campaign. Baynes is fully recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in FIBA tournament action over the summer, but again figures to be buried on the depth chart barring a significant frontcourt injury.
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Bumped up to questionable
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Knee
August 11, 2020
Baynes (knee) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
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Out yet again
CPhoenix Suns
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August 9, 2020
Baynes (knee) will not play Monday against the Thunder.
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Still out vs. Heat
CPhoenix Suns
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August 7, 2020
Baynes (knee) is out Saturday against the Heat.
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Out Thursday
CPhoenix Suns
Knee
August 5, 2020
Baynes (knee) is out for Thursday's game against the Pacers.
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Remains out Tuesday
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August 4, 2020
Baynes will remain out for Tuesday's game against the Clippers, Kellan Olson of AZSports reports.
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