It is safe to say that the Detroit Pistons did not have the season that they were hoping to in 2016-17
In a season where the Detroit Pistons recruited Jon Leuer in an effort to combat LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Playoffs, missing the post-season was certainly not in their plans. The season did not start well when starting point guard Reggie Jackson missed the first part of the season with knee tendinitis.
Fortunately for the Pistons, Ish Smith took the running of the club into his capable hands and the Pistons were formidable, especially at home. When Jackson came back, there was a far bit of angst within the club as the Pistons started to lose.
All through this turmoil, Baynes played his solid basketball, trying to help the Pistons keep a winning record. Baynes is a slightly undersized center by NBA standards, only being 6-foot-10. However, he is someone who belies height and plays in such a manner that he leaves nothing out on the floor.
Baynes stats do not always reflect how hard he plays. For the season, Baynes played 75 games, getting two starts. He averaged 15.5 minutes per game which is slightly up from his 14.1 minutes per game career average.
On the season, Baynes averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. While these numbers do not sound that impressive, when you are the back-up center for Andre Drummond, you cannot expect numbers better than this over an extended period.
Still, his 4.9 points per game was third highest of any player who started five games or less for the team. His 4.4 rebounds per game were good enough to be fifth on the team overall. He did his job.
Baynes was also reliable when he shot the ball. His 51.3 percent from the field was second best behind only Drummond for any players who played more than 41 games on the season. His 84 percent clip from the free throw line was good enough for fifth on the team.
A lot of the reason that Baynes was able to hit such good numbers from the field is that he knows his game. Of the 279 field goals that Baynes attempted in the past season, all of them were within the three point line. Further delving into the data shows that 76 percent of all his shots were withing 10 feet of the basket.
Of the baskets that Baynes hit, 73 percent of them were assisted. This means that Baynes was getting into good positions and his teammates trusted him.
Now looking at the advanced stats for the season, Baynes again shows he is valuable to a team as he knows his role so well. Baynes was good enough to collect ten percent of the offensive rebounds available when he was on the floor. This was third on the team behind Drummond who is one of the best at the NBA in this skill and Boban Marjanovic who played mainly junk time.
Baynes was fourth on the team in defensive rebound percentage, collecting 21.6 defensive rebounds available when he was on the floor. He was behind Drummond again who makes a living off getting rebounds, Marjanovic, who again played mainly junk time and Henry Ellenson who only played one tenth of the minutes Baynes did on the season.
This means that in total rebound percentage, Baynes was again third on the team. He collected 15.6 percent of all rebounds available when he was on the floor. This quite simply tells me that Baynes did the job required of him by the team.
This is the area where Baynes excels in basketball. I don’t often rate defensive rating per 100 possessions but in context in can be an impressive metric.
Baynes allowed only 106 points per 100 possessions, third best on the team behind Drummond and junk-time Marjanovic. To think about this, Baynes played with the second unit as a rule and