When the team you cover plays the Charlotte Bobcats, you hope for someone like Aron Baynes to play a prominent role in the basketball competition of the evening.
And the Aussie was big in this one. Literally, he was seven feet tall. He grabbed nine rebounds in nearly 18 minutes on the court and set some super serious screens on Charlotte defenders in the 102-78 Spurs win. He looked pretty good at rebounding and setting picks because, again, he's really big. And also because the Bobcats are the worst team in the NBA. The Charlotte Observer didn't even send a beat writer. He dunked really hard once and ALMOST dunked an alley-oop home from Patty Mills.
Move over, Nando De Colo. Baynes-y is the new favorite baby in the Spurs family. Also, Baynesy is apparently his nickname. (The baby joke is attributed to Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News.)
So, to recap, he rebounded, pushed people around, had several moving screens, had one block and he dunked, all basically because he's huge and he played the Bobcats. And his nickname is Baynesy. Or also, as Patty said, Bangers. I think I like Bangers best.
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