Today is Day 46 of the Omer. Netzach sheb’malchut. Impacting winning by realizing potenial.
Baynes was born in New Zealand, but moved to Australia when he was three and plays for the Australian National Team. He eventually found his way to the US for college. When graduated from Washington State at the age of 25, the scouting report on him said:
”Baynes is likely a long shot for the NBA, as there are some very obvious question marks about how he’ll fare against the much more athletic and talented big men that the League is known for.”
Thankfully, Baynes enrolled in the San Antonio School of Popovich. By his third season in the NBA, Baynes had established himself as a solid backup center, with good strength and toughness, and the ability to defend and rebound. When he graduated, he had a championship ring and a 3 year, $20 million contract from the Detroit Pistons.
He continued as a solid backup in Detroit for two seasons before winning the starting job in Boston in 2017. Baynes impacted winning (netzach) through his selflessness, toughness, and heady play. He formed the backbone of the league’s second-best defense, set bone-crunching screens, and helped the team succeed without needing the ball. He even developed his long range touch and bean to shoot three pointers, hitting 47.8% from three in that year’s playoffs.
However, after being traded to Phoenix in the 2019 off-season, Aaron Baynes took his game to another level. In 22 minutes/game with the Suns, he is averaging 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and shooting 45.1% from three on four shots of game. He’s even taken his turn in a starring role and helped Phoenix to it’s most wins in the last five years.
On Day 46, netzach sheb’malchut, Aaron Baynes represents how the full realization of one’s potential impacts winning.