Aron Baynes
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Aron Baynes

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes, John Wall (31692356675).jpg
Baynes guarding John Wall in 2016
No. 46 - Toronto Raptors
PositionCenter / Power Forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1986-12-09) 9 December 1986 (age 33)
Gisborne, New Zealand
NationalityAustralian
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeWashington State (2005-2009)
NBA draft2009 / Undrafted
Playing career2009-present
Career history
2009-2010Lietuvos rytas
2010-2011Oldenburg
2011-2012Ikaros
2012-2013Olimpija
2013-2015San Antonio Spurs
2013->Austin Toros
2015-2017Detroit Pistons
2017-2019Boston Celtics
2019-2020Phoenix Suns
2020-presentToronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Aron John Baynes (born 9 December 1986) is a New Zealand-born Australian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Washington State University before starting his professional career in Europe. In 2013, he joined the San Antonio Spurs, and a year later, won an NBA championship with the Spurs. He has also played with the Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, and Phoenix Suns. Baynes also plays for the Australian national team.

Early life

Baynes was born in Gisborne, New Zealand to two Kiwi parents in 1986.[1] His family moved to the relatively small Australian town of Mareeba, Queensland when he was three years of age.[2][3] He grew up playing in the rugby league in Far North Queensland while attending Mareeba State High School until the age of 15 when his older brother, Callum, introduced him to basketball.[4] As a result, Baynes decided to focus on pursuing a career in basketball and subsequently quit rugby league. Shortly after high school graduation, he joined the Australian Institute of Sport in 2004-05 and accepted a college scholarship offer from Tony Bennett to play for Washington State University in 2006.[5] During his college career under Bennett, Washington State tied the school wins record twice consecutively, going 26-8 in 2006-07 and 26-9 in 2007-08.


Professional career

Europe (2009-2013)

On 29 May 2009, Baynes signed a two-year deal with Lietuvos Rytas of the Lithuanian Basketball League.[6][7] In July 2009, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers' Summer League team. Following the 2009-10 season, he parted ways with Lietuvos Rytas.[8]

On 15 July 2010, Baynes signed a two-year deal with EWE Baskets Oldenburg of the German Basketball Bundesliga.[9] In 40 games for Oldenburg in 2010-11, he averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. On 29 June 2011, he parted ways with Oldenburg.[10]

On 24 August 2011, Baynes signed a one-year deal with Ikaros Kallitheas of the Greek Basket League.[11]

On 1 August 2012, Baynes signed a one-year deal with Union Olimpija of the Slovenian Basketball League.[12] On 5 January 2013, he played his final game for Olimpija, as he later left the team in pursuit of an NBA contract.[13]

San Antonio Spurs (2013-2015)

On 23 January 2013, Baynes signed with the San Antonio Spurs.[14] In his second NBA game, Baynes recorded seven points, nine rebounds and one block in a 102-78 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.[15] During the 2012-13 season, he was assigned multiple times to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.[16] He made his first NBA start in Game 4 of the Spurs' first-round playoff match-up against the Los Angeles Lakers, and was tasked with defending Dwight Howard.[17] 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.[18] He was recalled on 2 December,[19] reassigned on 8 December,[20] and recalled again on 9 December.[21] On 6 May 2014, 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.[22] Baynes went on to help the Spurs defeat the Miami Heat 4-1 in the 2014 NBA Finals to claim his first NBA championship.

On 26 September 2014, Baynes re-signed with the Spurs.[23] On 20 December 2014, he scored a then career-high 16 points while starting in place of Tim Duncan in a 99-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[24] On 1 April 2015 and 3 April 2015, Baynes had back-to-back 18-point games.[25]

Detroit Pistons (2015-2017)

On 12 July 2015, Baynes signed with the Detroit Pistons.[26] On 19 March 2016, he scored a career-high 21 points in a 115-103 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[27]

On 14 November 2016, Baynes scored 20 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder while starting in place of Andre Drummond.[28] On 19 March 2017, Baynes grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds alongside 13 points in a 112-95 win over the Phoenix Suns.[29]

Boston Celtics (2017-2019)

On 19 July 2017, Baynes signed with the Boston Celtics.[30] In a game against the Charlotte Hornets, Baynes injured Celtics teammate and star point guard Kyrie Irving. On 8 November 2017, he matched his career high with 21 points in a 107-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[31] In the Celtics' regular season finale on 11 April 2018, Baynes led a short-handed Boston lineup with a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds in a 110-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[32]

On 7 July 2018, Baynes re-signed with the Celtics.[33] On 19 December 2018, in a 111-103 loss to the Phoenix Suns, Baynes broke a bone in his left hand.[34] He was subsequently ruled out for four to six weeks.[35] He returned to action on 16 January 2019 against the Toronto Raptors.[36] On 3 February, he was sidelined with a left foot contusion.[37] Aron is also credited with teaching Daniel Theis all he knows about basketball.

Phoenix Suns (2019-2020)

On 6 July 2019, Baynes, along with the draft rights to Ty Jerome, was traded to the Phoenix Suns for a 2020 protected first-round pick.[38] After Deandre Ayton was suspended for 25 games due to diuretic usage on 24 October, Baynes was promoted to being the team's starting center during that period of time. On 30 October, Baynes recorded 24 points, 12 rebounds, and a career-high 7 assists in a 121-110 win over the Golden State Warriors.[39] On 6 March 2020, Baynes scored 37 points and hit nine three-pointers, both career-highs, along with 16 rebounds, in a 127-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.[40] He not only tied a franchise record for most three-pointers made in a single game,[41] but he also joins James Harden as the only other player to record 35+ points, 15+ rebounds, and 9 three-pointers in a single game.[42]

On 23 June 2020, the Suns reported that two of their own players tested positive for COVID-19.[43] In an interview on 22 July, Baynes revealed himself as one of the two players to test positive for the COVID-19 virus.[44] Unlike his other teammate that tested positive, Baynes did rejoin the team in the 2020 NBA Bubble until after the scrimmage games were finished, making sure he completely tested negative for the virus before entering the bubble. Because of his late entry and subsequent quarantine period, he was not able to play on 31 July against the Washington Wizards.[45] After recovering from the virus, Baynes was later diagnosed with a right knee contusion, leaving him out of action for the rest of the resumed regular season.[46] Despite being out of action for most of the game, Baynes was considered clear to play for the team's last game of the season, but decided against it despite the blowout 128-102 win over the Dallas Mavericks, ending the resumed season with an 8-0 record.[47]

Toronto Raptors (2020-present)

On November 22, 2020, Baynes signed a two-year contract, worth $14.3 million, with the Toronto Raptors. The signing was officially announced by the Raptors on November 25, 2020.[48]

National team career

Baynes has played for the Australian national team, the Boomers, at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London,[49] the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain,[50] the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China. The Boomers' Rio campaign saw them reach the bronze medal match, where they lost to Spain. Their campaign in China also saw the Boomers reach the bronze medal match, where they lost to France.

Career statistics

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005-06 Washington State 28 12 16.5 .429 .000 .641 4.1 0.1 0.2 0.5 5.2
2006-07 Washington State 26 7 16.4 .495 - .646 3.1 0.1 0.2 0.4 5.2
2007-08 Washington State 35 34 24.0 .600 .000 .660 6.0 0.3 0.7 0.7 10.4
2008-09 Washington State 33 33 28.8 .580 1.000 .774 7.5 0.6 0.3 1.3 12.7
Career 122 86 22.0 .546 .333 .698 5.4 0.3 0.3 0.8 8.7

NBA

Regular season

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 - .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
2015-16 Detroit 81 1 15.2 .505 .000 .764 4.7 .6 .3 .6 6.3
2016-17 Detroit 75 2 15.5 .513 - .840 4.4 .4 .2 .5 4.9
2017-18 Boston 81 67 18.3 .471 .143 .756 5.4 1.1 .3 .6 6.0
2018-19 Boston 51 18 16.1 .471 .344 .855 4.7 1.1 .2 .7 5.6
2019-20 Phoenix 42 28 22.2 .480 .351 .747 5.6 1.6 .2 .5 11.5
Career 469 137 15.8 .495 .327 .800 4.5 .8 .2 .5 6.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 San Antonio 4 1 5.8 .571 - .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
2015 San Antonio 4 0 10.0 .300 - 1.000 2.5 .3 .0 .0 2.3
2016 Detroit 4 0 11.0 .444 - .667 2.0 .5 .0 .0 2.5
2018 Boston 19 12 20.5 .506 .478 .722 6.2 1.0 .2 .6 6.0
2019 Boston 9 5 12.8 .571 .333 .500 2.8 .3 .3 .3 2.1
Career 54 16 13.2 .497 .444 .750 3.6 .5 .2 .3 3.6

EuroLeague

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, and regional competition if applicable.

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

See also

References

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