Aron Baynes

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Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes in 2008 WSU-UCLA game.jpg
Baynes with Washington State in 2008
No. 16 – San Antonio Spurs
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-12-09) 9 December 1986 (age 28)
Gisborne, New Zealand
Nationality Australian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school Mareeba State (Mareeba, Queensland)
Cairns State (Cairns, Queensland)
College Washington State (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
2010–2011 EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany)
2011–2012 Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece)
2012–2013 Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
2013–present San Antonio Spurs
2013 Austin Toros (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Aron John Baynes (born 9 December 1986) is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 2005 and played college basketball for Washington State University.[1] His older brother, Callum, also played professional basketball.[2]

Professional career[edit]

On 1 June 2009, Baynes signed a two-year deal with Lietuvos Rytas of the Lithuanian Basketball League.[3][4] In July 2009, he joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2009 NBA Summer League where he averaged 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in five games. Following the 2009–10 season, he parted ways with Lietuvos Ryta.[5]

On 15 July 2010, Baynes signed a two-year deal with EWE Baskets Oldenburg of the Basketball Bundesliga.[6] In 40 games, he averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. On 29 June 2011, he parted ways with Oldenburg.[7]

On 24 August 2011, Baynes signed a one-year deal with Ikaros Kallitheas of the Greek Basket League.[8]

On 1 August 2012, Baynes signed a one-year deal with Union Olimpija of the Slovenian Basketball League.[9] On 5 January 2013, he played his final game for Olimpija as he later left the team in pursuit of an NBA contract.[10]

On 23 January 2013, Baynes signed with the San Antonio Spurs.[11] In his second NBA game, Baynes recorded 7 points, 9 rebounds and 1 block in a 102–78 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.[12] During the 2012–13 season, he was assigned multiple times to Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.[13] He made his first NBA career start in Game 4 of the Spurs' first round playoff match-up against the Los Angeles Lakers, and was tasked with defending Dwight Howard.[14] The Spurs went on to reach the 2013 NBA Finals, but lost the series in seven games to the Miami Heat.

On 1 December 2013, Baynes was reassigned to the Austin Toros.[15] He was recalled on 2 December,[16] reassigned on 8 December[17] and recalled again on 9 December.[18] On 6 May 2014, he recorded playoff career high numbers of 10 points and 7 rebounds in a 116-92 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals.[19] On 15 June 2014, Baynes won his first NBA championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 4 games to 1 in the 2014 NBA Finals.

On 26 September 2014, Baynes re-signed with the Spurs.[20] On 20 December 2014, he scored a career high 16 points as he started in place of Tim Duncan in the 93-99 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[21]

International career[edit]

Aron Baynes and Patty Mills in front of the ACT Legislative Assembly in July 2014, with the NBA championship trophy.

In the summer of 2010, Baynes was named to the Australian senior men's national team to play at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Baynes also played for the Boomers at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Although he only averaged 12 minutes per game, Baynes finished as the team's fifth-leading scorer, and had averages of 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, and an impressive .65 field goal percentage.[22]

Baynes competed at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain where he averaged 16.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in six games.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 San Antonio 16 0 8.8 .500 .000 .583 2.0 .3 .1 .4 2.7
2013–14 San Antonio 53 4 9.3 .436 .000 .905 2.7 .6 .0 .1 3.0
2014–15 San Antonio 70 17 16.0 .566 .250 .865 4.5 .5 .2 .3 6.6
Career 139 21 12.6 .521 .200 .847 3.6 .5 .1 .2 4.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 San Antonio 4 1 5.8 .571 .000 .000 1.3 .0 .0 .0 2.0
2014 San Antonio 14 0 7.2 .500 .000 .800 2.2 .0 .2 .0 2.3
Career 18 1 6.9 .516 .000 .800 2.0 .0 .2 .0 2.2

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2009–10 Lietuvos Rytas 10 8 13.3 .511 .000 .643 3.0 .2 .4 .9 5.5 3.0
2012–13 Union Olimpija 10 10 26.2 .587 .000 .698 9.8 .5 .5 .5 13.8 18.2
Career 20 18 19.8 .562 .000 .684 6.4 .4 .5 .7 9.7 10.6

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