3. Aron Baynes
The Phoenix Suns were delighted to see Aron Baynes breakout as one of the more surprising performers of the season. Nobody predicted Baynes would transform into a borderline elite stretch big but that is exactly who he became for the Suns.
Baynes played limited minutes but he posted a solid 11.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. His per-36 minutes’ statistics were even better, standing at 18.5 points and 9.1 rebounds. He did this all while drilling a career-high 59 total 3-pointers.
Utilizing his massive frame while setting screens, Baynes was a threat to pop out to the 3-point line and knock down shots. He clicked on over 35.0 percent of his attempts and hit the 16th most deep shots of any center this season despite playing only 42 games.
Baynes is probably looking forward to a big payday as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The only thing standing in his way is the potential financial implications of the season being suspended. Some NBA executives believe the market won’t be too hot in the offseason and players will be more open to signing short team deals. This gives the Warriors an opportunity to steal Baynes with the MLE.