Center Aron Baynes had surgery on Tuesday evening to repair a broken nose sustained during practice earlier in the day and will be unavailable for the Detroit Pistons’ Wednesday evening preseason game against the Toronto Raptors. Baynes has already missed time for the Pistons this preseason due to back spasms.
However, unlike back issues, which can linger, nose injuries usually don’t result in much lost time as players often get fitted with a mask that allows them to play through the pain. Baynes suffered a broken nose during the 2015-2016 season as well.
In the four preseason games in which he has appeared, Baynes is averaging 6.8 points and four rebounds per contest while playing just over 18 minutes. Baynes figures to see minutes as the team’s backup center this upcoming season behind All-Star big man Andre Drummond. Even so, he will face competition in that role from free agent center Boban Marjanovic, who the Pistons signed away from the San Antonio Spurs this offseason.
The former undrafted center played in 81 games for the Pistons last season, averaging just over 15 minutes per outing. In the limited playing time, he posted 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. It was the best season of his career by many advanced metrics, including PER and win shares. He notably recorded the best rebound, block and steal rates of his career in his first season with Detroit.
The Pistons enter the 2016-2017 season coming off their first playoff appearance in six years. They earned the eighth-seed in the Eastern Conference with a 44-38 record. However, they were swept in four games by the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening-round.