Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The NBA is kinda boring right now. I know. There isn't much to cover prior to training camp, so instead we'll indulge you with a comprehensive list, ranking the San Antonio Spurs roster from 14-1. Each day we will reveal a new player and that's when we ask you, the dear reader, to chime in. Connect with #SpursRank on Facebook or Twitter or dabble in the comment section below, and prepare to defend your argument. I may or may not attack you verbally. No promises. And without further ado …   #14 - Aron Baynes   Okay, don't show this piece to Baynes, because he'll probably devour me whole before breakfast.    Just hear me out.   Aron Baynes has potential, sure. He's a 7-foot monstrosity, with nimble feet despite his hefty frame. He uses his body well, forming a solid base that should deter most reasonable big men from hanging around the paint longer than a few beats.   But he played in just 20 games all season, and he chipped in fewer than two minutes in a decent share of those games. He's also 26, and that artificially lowers his ceiling.    I'm just advocating patience. He can't replicate Tiago Splitter's pick-and-roll efficacy. He can't knock down a 16-footer with much consistency, or operate as an offensive fulcrum in any context. That's not totally fair to him either, because Baynes isn't a hopeless player. He's just very, very raw. Untapped.   Here's the good part. Baynes blocked 3.1 percent of opponent's shots while he was on the floor last season, second behind Tim Duncan. (Sample size caveat, of course.) Big men don't grow on trees, and rim protection is a valuable commodity, especially when advanced statistics highlight the importance of slashing to the rim, and breaking the foundation of the opposing defense.    Baynes could develop into a decent offensive stop gap that doesn't actively hurt the team on defense. That's not exciting, obviously, but that may be his most realistic trajectory, given the data and video we have.   There is room for growth here, though I don't foresee anything dramatic. Adding Jeff Pendergraph muddles the equation a bit, and until Baynes earns a larger role in Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's rotation, it's premature to rank him any higher.    Please don't eat me, though. Seriously.   Does this ranking make sense, Spurs fans? Or did someone less deserving squeak ahead of Baynes?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Blatt has special message for LeBron

Shaq once threatened to murder Kobe Bryant

Bryce Harper: Mike Trout is the best player in baseball

Report: Wilson skipped OTAs to attend funeral with Graham

Antonio Brown on contract: 'I've got enough' money

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kaepernick posts insensitive joke about Houston floods

50 Cent’s boxing company files for bankruptcy

Rangers-Lightning Game 6: Prediction for elimination game

Phillies GM says team's fans 'don't understand the game’

Adrian Peterson reportedly has considered retirement

Report: Bulls could cheat Tom Thibodeau out of coaching jobs

FIFA officials arrested, to be extradited to US for corruption

WATCH: LeBron throws down huge dunk from inside FT line

Nick Saban says he caught 6-foot, 180-pound fish

WATCH: Vin Scully tells story about Gomes being attacked by wolf

WATCH: Kris Bryant launches home run off scoreboard

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Robinson Cano's slump: The good news, the bad news

Joe Maddon unhappy over Cubs’ ‘awkward schedule’

Buck Showalter takes shot at Marlins over management

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with 'serious misconduct' issues

Cavs' Kevin Love cleared to travel with team

Four crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs thus far

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Cano's slump: The good news, bad news

Disappointments of the MLB season

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with misconduct issues

Long's great reaction to Bears releasing McDonald

Crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs

WATCH: Curry leaves game after nasty fall

Royals' Guthrie sets records in blowout

Bears cut McDonald after incident

Report: Pierce could opt out of contract

The Talented Mr. Blatt

Is Dellavedova a dirty player?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.