KEY POINTS

  • The Boston Celtics are among one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference
  • Aron Baynes has been a steady contributor for the Phoenix Suns this season
  • A reunion between the Celtics and Baynes can be beneficial for Boston in the coming seasons

The Boston Celtics have maintained their status as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. With the steady improvement of the team, they could still benefit from re-signing their former center and current Phoenix Suns starting big man Aron Baynes.

The stint Baynes had with the Celtics was eventful, as the Australian force inside the paint has emerged as one of the league’s beloved players. From 2017 to 2019, Baynes was able to develop into a reliable player from beyond the arc. This was an abrupt evolution of his game as he burst into the scene and shot 34% from the three-point area in the 2018-2019 campaign.

Now as a member of the Suns, Baynes has been a steady contributor for the Western Conference team. Despite the Suns out of the playoff race, Baynes is still putting up good numbers with 11.5 points an outing coupled with 5.6 rebounds while shooting at a 35.1% clip from three.

In addition to these, Baynes has been a positive locker room presence for the Suns especially how he helped Deandre Ayton as a mentor for the former number one overall pick. Baynes stepped up this year to support the Suns when Ayton was slapped with a 25-game suspension.

With everything that has happened this season, the Celtics were enjoying a strong outing in the standings prior to the suspension of the league due to the coronavirus. While the Milwaukee Bucks are dominating with a 53-12 clip, Boston remains as one of the top teams of the Eastern Conference with a 43-21 record.

Despite losing star player Kyrie Irving earlier this season, the addition of Kemba Walker has been a welcome move for the Celtics. The success of Boston can also be attributed to the emergence of Jayson Tatum as an All-Star and Jaylen Brown as a formidable swingman. The athletic duo coupled with the experienced forward Gordon Hayward has maintained Boston’s status as an elite team in the league.

The Celtics have already shown promise and picking up Baynes again may be suitable for the team to have enough strength inside the court. The 33-year-old can be beneficial to a deep team like Boston as he can lead the second unit as additional depth in terms of their frontcourt.

Forward Aron Baynes (L) is one of a number of NBA players on Australia's team for the Basketball World Cup. Forward Aron Baynes (L) is one of a number of NBA players on Australia's team for the Basketball World Cup. Photo: AFP / Mark RALSTON