Currently plying his trade at Union Olimpija in Slovenia, Baynes has stepped up to be one of the best performers in the Euro League, the premier club basketball competition in Europe.
Despite his team struggling to a 2-4 record through the group stages, the 25-year-old has been a shining light, averaging 16.2 points (per game) at 61.3% shooting and 10 rebounds.
These standout performances on European basketball’s biggest stage has the North Queensland native leading the Euro League for rebounding, 7th in points and 6th in field goal percentage, among the 12 major categories he currently ranked in the top 10.
It has been this amazing start to the European season that caught the attention of NBA General Managers, with Baynes’ agent Daniel Moldovan telling basketball website Sportando that two Western Conference NBA teams where “closely following” the 208cm star and had made “serious inquiries” about his availability.
This elevation of the Boomers’ game comes after a breakout Olympic Games campaign that saw Baynes become one of the team’s biggest weapons of the bench in London, averaging 9 points at 66% shooting and 3.4 rebounds from just 12 minutes per game.
Despite the growing interest for his services from the NBA, Baynes remains focused on helping his Slovenian team qualify for the next phase of the Euro League tournament, telling the Cairns Post he must continue to improve.
“There are always things to work on,” Baynes said. “I can’t be satisfied with where I’m at. I have to stay focused on getting better.
“If something comes up we’ll have that discussion, but my focus is on helping my team get better.”