San Antonio Spurs' newest import, Aron Baynes, has played exactly 44 seconds in the NBA and has one turnover as his only official statistic so far. Despite that auspicious start, Baynes recently told the Spokesman-Review that he's already living the dream, or at least one dream of his.
“It was always a goal. I’ve reached one goal but I’ve set many more. It was a process I’ve been working toward and now that I’m here I want to go out, try and earn my spot and do as well as I can,” Baynes said. “It’s not just about being here. I want to be an impact player, go out there and help the team out as much as I can by doing whatever I can to help us compete."
Playing time aside, Baynes couldn't have settled into a better situation. He's got a fellow Aussie in Patty Mills on the team. He's got his Australian national team coach Brett Brown to help him get up to speed on a playbook he's already familiar with.
On top of all that, he's come to a team mid-season with very little expectations. Unlike Tiago Splitter, he wasn't drafted by the Spurs and kept overseas for several years picking up accolade after accolade.
I don't think we're going to see much of Baynes this season, but I think we're going to see him in Summer League and then some more next season.