1 - Aron Baynes has been playing well in Tiago Splitter's absence. Do you think it's a product of the Spurs' easy schedule or has he turned a corner in his career?
Micheal Erler: I don't think it's all one or the other, but it's closer to the latter. He has decent enough hands, okay touch around the basket, good size and athleticism. When you have that, and some experience in the Spurs system, it's not too hard to have some success as a big. Manu Ginobili could probably get a light post a couple of buckets if it rolled to the basket on time. Baynes is stronger than Splitter and a better leaper. The Brazilian's advantages are in his lateral quickness defensively and his length. Offensively though, it's not much of a drop-off at all.
Jesus Gomez: I think it's a bit of both. The competition he's had success against hasn't exactly been good. But on offense he's doing much better diving hard after setting screens, which is a must playing next to Manu, and he's playing smart. On defense is where I have trouble separating what's real and what's not. But there will be time to see how good he really is. For now, I'm happy he's making the most of his opportunity.
Taylor Young: He has definitely broken the Spurs out of their 3 point shooting slump with his hot stroke. Seriously though, I like Baynes and I think he is becoming a reliable fourth big man that could get 10-12 minutes a game in the playoffs.
J.R. Wilco: I wouldn't say it's a product of the schedule at all. Baynes is showing that he's an adequate backup for Splitter. His understanding of spacing might not yet be what Splitter's is, but I'm surprised at how better he's defending the pick and roll this year over last. And his timing on pick and rolls while on offense is every bit as good as Tiago's. Not to mention the rock-solid screens he's able to set.