The NBA offseason is an opportunity for players to grow their games – one of the few times in the calendar year in which they can push the boundaries of what they’re capable of outside of the context of meaningful competition.
The most effective summer workers enter the regular season with some combination of new skills, revitalized bodies, or upgraded abilities in the domains in which they already excel. Players who choose to use their offseasons less productively are still capable of developing in substantive ways throughout their careers, but they limit their opportunities for doing so.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a Boston Celtics’ offseason goals series, in which we’ll provide three areas of potential growth for every player on the Celtics’ roster. Today we’re covering Aron Baynes.
The burly Australian big man is one of Boston’s oldest players, and in that sense he may have a slightly reduced capacity for growth. Baynes has maxed out his potential in many ways, establishing himself as a grizzled defensive anchor with a limited offensive repertoire.
There are opportunities for him to fine tune his game to increase his impact, however. In the NBA old dogs can learn new tricks. In fact, they’re frequently forced to by declining athleticism. Baynes won’t redefine who he is as a player, but he should seek to add some subtle nuances to his style of play.
Let’s take a look at a few specific areas in which he should focus his efforts.