Aron Baynes will play an important role for the Boomers in Rio, but he shuns the limelight and quietly goes about his business with little fanfare.
He was an important cog in their last international competition, the 2014 FIBA World Cup, where he led the team in scoring average at 16.8 points per game.
The situation in Rio might be to his liking, as most of the attention has been on the health of Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova’s NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers and his big new contract with Milwaukee, and the skills of Patty Mills, leaving Baynes to focus on his job.
He will be put to trial by fire when he and the rest of the Boomers take on the U.S. in their next game in the 2016 Olympic Basketball Tournament that all observers consider a foregone conclusion of a gold medal for the stars from the U.S.
Baynes played a key role with the Detroit Pistons during the NBA season, receiving praise from Pistons’ Coach Stan Van Gundy for playing with consistent high levels of intensity and placing the needs of the team above his own, something that is not all that common, as anyone who follows the NBA closely can affirm.