The Celtics absolutely NEED Aron Baynes
No, Aron Baynes is not a high-volume scorer, and he doesn't have much of a shot from any distance - but he does everything else well - knows, and performs, his role - and hardly ever complains. He is the only big, bruising center on the roster, being listed at 6'10" and 260 pounds. And the Celtics have won four-in-a-row since his return from a hand injury.
How much can Aron Baynes help the Celtics? 👇 pic.twitter.com/XTdU3QBnAC— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) January 16, 2019
The above numbers show Aron's value. Here are a few more:
For players with 20+ games and 10+ minutes:
Baynes is third in the League for Defensive Rating (Semi Ojeleye is first)
He is 13th in the NBA for Net Rating (Daniel Theis is 6th)
He is 18th in the League for Defensive Real Plus/Minus (Marcus Smart is 19th)
I freakin' love @aronbaynes pic.twitter.com/ZYawRnhG1d— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) January 21, 2019
Baynes averaged 16.9 minutes/game for the 4-game span, so that begs the question - Why doesn't he get more minutes? His only real weakness is his outside shooting. He shoots 46.3% from the field and is accurate on free throws. There is no worry about his free throw shooting at the end of close games. He is also a solid rebounder and defender.
Brad Stevens: 'Everybody benefits from [Aron] Baynes' https://t.co/uJCSqBr9Ko— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) January 19, 2019
The numbers show Baynes-ey needs to be on the floor for more minutes, and he passes the eye test. He can bully opponents down low and defend the perimeter. Aron is one of the very best backup centers in the NBA, and as Brad Stevens stated, "Everybody benefits from Aron Baynes."
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