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ARON BAYNES (C)
  • Jul 14 2016, 12:05 PM

    Update: Baynes is still expected to remain the Pistons' top backup center this season following the signing of Boban Marjanovic to a three-year, $21 million contract, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Analysis: Like Baynes, Marjanovic began his career with the Spurs before joining the Pistons, but the 7-foot-3 Serbian is still a relative NBA neophyte compared to Baynes, who was serviceable while stepping in at center last season when franchise cornerstone Andre Drummond needed a breather, averaging 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game. While Marjanovic was more productive of the two on a per-minute basis in 2015-16, Baynes isn't on the trade block and should enter the coming campaign second on the Pistons' depth chart. Rather than challenging Baynes for playing time this season, Marjanovic's signing instead looks to be a hedge by the Pistons against Baynes opting out of his contract for 2017-18 and becoming a free agent next summer, which seems like a virtual certainty.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 13 2016, 16:31 PM

    Update: Baynes will start on Wednesday against the Cavaliers, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: Baynes is drawing he start due to the Pistons resting their entire starting lineup ahead of the playoffs. He'll likely see a large minutes increase before returning to the bench when the playoffs begin.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 26 2016, 06:22 AM

    Update: Baynes contributed 16 points (5-8 FG, 6-7 FT) and eight rebounds in 19 minutes during the Pistons' 112-105 win against the Hornets on Friday.

    Analysis: Baynes managed to commit five fouls and two turnovers in his 19 minutes of action, but he continues to eat away at Andre Drummond's minutes. Baynes has seen the most minutes per game this season during March, and he is averaging 8.4 points (55.4 FG, 81.8 FT), 5.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 17 minutes per appearance this month.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 20 2016, 07:42 AM

    Update: Baynes scored a career-high 21 points (8-13 FG, 5-5 FT) while adding seven rebounds and a block in 19 minutes off the bench during Saturday's win over the Nets.

    Analysis: With Brook Lopez sidelined due to an illness, Brooklyn didn't have much of a presence in the paint, but surprisingly it was Baynes and not Andre Drummond who took advantage. He'd scored just 19 combined points in his three previous games, however, so a repeat performance seems highly unlikely.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 10 2016, 06:58 AM

    Update: Baynes had one point (1-2 FT), three rebounds, and two blocks in 14 minutes during the Pistons' 102-96 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday.

    Analysis: Baynes averaged 5.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 0.6 assists, and 0.5 steals in 15 minutes per game during February, and while he has seen a few extra minutes per contest through four games in March, it hasn't resulted in more production. Since Baynes doesn't share the floor with Andre Drummond, his minutes are likely going to be limited unless Drummond suffers an injury or gets into foul trouble.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 24 2016, 20:30 PM

    Update: Baynes scored nine points (4-8 FG, 1-3 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, two steals and an assist in 20 minutes on Wednesday in a win over the Sixers.

    Analysis: Baynes will never consistently get a healthy amount of run playing behind Andre Drummond, but when the opportunity arises, he makes the most of it. There's obviously not a massive rush to get Baynes on your season-long roster, but if anything ever happened to Drummond, he would be an incredible waiver-wire pickup. Also, if the Pistons continue to accumulate the number of injuries they have so far, we might even see Baynes play some minutes at power forward.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 19 2016, 20:51 PM

    Update: Baynes (illness) recorded six points and six rebounds over 14 minutes off the bench Friday against the Wizards.

    Analysis: Baynes was a true game-time decision Friday, having missed shootaround and some practice time due to an illness. However, the reserve big was able to play his usual allotment of minutes. He knocked down all three of his attempts from the floor and rebounded at a high rate, pulling in six rebounds in just 14 minutes. The Pistons are off Saturday before returning to action Sunday against the Pelicans.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 19 2016, 15:58 PM

    Update: Baynes (illness) is going through warmups ahead of Friday's game against Washington and will likely be able to play, Detroit play-by-play announcer Mark Champion reports.

    Analysis: Baynes missed Thursday's practice and was not present at shootaround Friday, but it seems his condition has improved and he'll likely try to play through the illness Friday. Still, significant minutes would be hard to come by for Baynes playing behind the likes of Andre Drummond.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 18 2016, 12:21 PM

    Update: Baynes missed Thursday's practice due to an illness, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: The Pistons will revisit Baynes' condition at Friday's morning shootaround before determining if he'll be able to play later in the evening against the Wizards. After trading away third-string center Joel Anthony to the Rockets on Thursday, the Pistons could be shorthanded for depth behind starter Andre Drummond if Baynes ends up missing Friday's game.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 10 2016, 22:22 PM

    Update: Baynes contributed 10 points (5-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt), seven rebounds, and two blocks in 19 minutes during the Pistons' 103-92 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Analysis: During 15 January games, Baynes recorded 8.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, one assist, 0.9 blocks, and 0.3 steals in 16 minutes per contest. That was easily his most productive month of the season, but Baynes has logged 11 minutes or more in each of the Pistons' six games thus far in February.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 23 2016, 23:05 PM

    Update: Baynes pitched in with 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds and two blocks over 30 minutes in Saturday's 104-101 loss to the Nuggets.

    Analysis: The four-year pro posted his first double-double of the season on a night where he actually outperformed starter Andre Drummond. Baynes has begun receiving a higher allotment of minutes in January, including a season-high 30 on Saturday, and has been productive with the extended opportunity. He managed doubled-digit scoring for the fourth time during the month, and has averaged eight boards over the last three games. While Baynes' minutes continue to be be largely in the teens, he may begin to see additional playing time if teams persist in constantly fouling Drummond due to his ineptitude at the charity stripe.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 20 2016, 21:45 PM

    Update: Baynes contributed eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 25 minutes during the Pistons' 123-114 win over the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Analysis: Baynes actually played two more minutes than Andre Drummond on Wednesday--though Drummond was unsurprisingly much more effective. Baynes is averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and one block in 16 minutes per appearance over the last five games, but still makes for a poor option in most leagues.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 17 2016, 11:52 AM

    Update: Baynes, who took a knee to his thigh in Saturday's win over the Warriors, was a full participant in Sunday's practice, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: Baynes only played nine minutes Saturday, but made the most of his time on the court, accruing 12 points (6-6 FG), four rebounds, and two blocked shots. He'll likely be available for his usual backup role behind Andre Drummond in Monday's tilt with the Bulls.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 23 2015, 12:06 PM

    Update: Baynes (back) returned to action in Tuesday's 93-92 win over the Heat, finishing with one point (0-3 FG, 1-2 FT) and one rebound in 14 minutes.

    Analysis: The back issue came at an inconvenient time for Baynes, who was forced to sit out Friday's game against the Bulls, which didn't conclude until after four overtime periods. Starting center Andre Drummond had plenty of time to recover from his 54-minute workload in Friday's game, while the extended break also allowed Baynes to heal up. Baynes will likely continue to see a 10-to-15 minute role off the bench for Detroit in their subsequent contests.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 01 2015, 10:38 AM

    Update: Baynes scored 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 FT) over 21 minutes against the Rockets during a 116-105 win on Monday, adding four rebounds, two assists, and one block.

    Analysis: Baynes is the backup center behind Andre Drummond, but probably benefited from more playing time than usual Monday due to Drummond's struggles from the free-throw line. Opposing teams likely won't often resort to fouling to the extent the Rockets did Monday, so Baynes will usually be in line for 15 minutes or fewer on most occasions.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Nov 24 2015, 07:38 AM

    Update: Baynes scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds in Detroit's 109-88 loss to the Bucks on Monday.

    Analysis: Baynes played 19 minutes against the Bucks on Monday and has seen an increased role in the past few games. However, he's averaging 12.6 minutes per game, and in the long run, that's the role to be expected from him on a nightly basis. He's currently averaging 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds coming off the bench behind Andre Drummond.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Oct 27 2015, 10:14 AM

    Update: Baynes was cleared by his doctor to play in back-to-back games and will not face any minutes restriction when the Pistons begin their season Tuesday against the Hawks, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: Baynes had previously been subjected to a 15-minute limit in games, but should be able to see extended action if the Pistons require that from him. However, with Andre Drummond ahead of him on the depth chart and set to dominate the playing time at the center spot, Baynes' minutes count doesn't project to be much more than 15 per game in any case.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

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