Aron John Baynes (born 9 December 1986) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns 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 and the Boston Celtics. Baynes also plays for the Australian national team.
Baynes guarding John Wall in 2016
|No. 46 – Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|Born||9 December 1986|
Gisborne, New Zealand
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|High school||Mareeba State (Mareeba, Queensland)|
Cairns State (Cairns, Queensland)
|College||Washington State (2005–2009)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|2013–2015||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional career
- 3 National team career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Born in Gisborne, New Zealand, Baynes moved with his family to the small Australian town of Mareeba, Queensland at three years of age. He grew up playing 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. As a result, Baynes decided to focus on pursuing a career in basketball and subsequently quit rugby. Shortly after high school graduation, he joined the Australian Institute of Sport in 2004–05 and accepted a college scholarship to play for Washington State University in 2006.
On 29 May 2009, Baynes signed a two-year deal with Lietuvos Rytas of the Lithuanian Basketball League. In July 2009, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers' Summer League team. Following the 2009–10 season, he parted ways with Lietuvos Rytas.
On 15 July 2010, Baynes signed a two-year deal with EWE Baskets Oldenburg of the German Basketball Bundesliga. 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.
On 1 August 2012, Baynes signed a one-year deal with Union Olimpija of the Slovenian Basketball League. On 5 January 2013, he played his final game for Olimpija, as he later left the team in pursuit of an NBA contract.
San Antonio Spurs (2013–2015)Edit
On 23 January 2013, Baynes signed with the San Antonio Spurs. In his second NBA game, Baynes recorded seven points, nine rebounds and one block in a 102–78 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. During the 2012–13 season, he was assigned multiple times to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. 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. 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. He was recalled on 2 December, reassigned on 8 December, and recalled again on 9 December. 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. 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. 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. On 1 April 2015 and 3 April 2015, Baynes had back-to-back 18-point games.
Detroit Pistons (2015–2017)Edit
On 14 November 2016, Baynes scored 20 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder while starting in place of Andre Drummond. On 19 March 2017, Baynes grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds alongside 13 points in a 112–95 win over the Phoenix Suns.
Boston Celtics (2017–2019)Edit
On 19 July 2017, Baynes signed with the Boston Celtics. 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. 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.
On 7 July 2018, Baynes re-signed with the Celtics. On 19 December 2018, in a 111–103 loss to the Phoenix Suns, Baynes broke a bone in his left hand. He was subsequently ruled out for four to six weeks. He returned to action on 16 January 2019 against the Toronto Raptors. On 3 February, he was sidelined with a left foot contusion.
Phoenix Suns (2019–present)Edit
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. 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.
National team careerEdit
Baynes has played for the Australian national team, the Boomers, at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, 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.
|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|
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.
|†||Denotes season in which Baynes won the NBA championship|
- Aron Baynes is the last Aussie left in the NBA — but now faces the monster task of LeBron James
- Baynes and bro' not doing a Hunt
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- "Spurs Assign Baynes, De Colo and Thomas to Toros - San Antonio Spurs".
- "Spurs Recall Baynes and De Colo from Toros - San Antonio Spurs".
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- "Spurs Re-Sign Aron Baynes - San Antonio Spurs".
- "Spurs at Mavericks". Archived from the original on 5 February 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
- "Aron Baynes 2014-15 Game Log - Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com.
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- "Boston Celtics Sign Aron Baynes". NBA.com. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "Baynes lifts Celtics over Lakers for 10th straight win". ESPN.com. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
- "Baynes 26 points, 14 rebounds leads Celtics past Nets". ESPN.com. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- "Celtics Re-Sign Aron Baynes". NBA.com. 7 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
- "Booker, Ayton carry Suns past Celtics for 4th straight win". ESPN.com. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
- "Aron Baynes Injury Update". NBA.com. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
- "Irving's 27 points, 18 assists leads Celtics past Raptors". ESPN.com. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
- Randall, Dakota (3 February 2019). "Aron Baynes Injury: Celtics Center To Miss 'Few Weeks' With Foot Contusion". nesn.com. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- "Celtics Complete Trade With Phoenix Suns". NBA.com. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
- McCauley, Janie (31 October 2019). "Curry breaks left hand in another embarrassing Warriors loss". NBA.com. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- "Aron Baynes – 2012 Olympic Men". Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup – Aron Baynes