The Baynes-Ayton Lineup
First, the let’s quickly address the Ayton-Baynes starting alongside each other decision. (I refuse to call it Bayton like they are a celebrity couple and think slightly less of those who insist this is clever). The team can say that Ayton is playing power forward if they want, but in reality the team is starting two centers.
In the year 2020.
I get it. Baynes has played tremendously and Ayton is the team’s #1 overall pick whose size and athleticism are impossible to keep off the floor. But in the very small sample size we have with the two sharing the court, the results are meh.
It seems to have led to lack of game plan following and general confusion. In part, it is hard to blame the players considering they evidently used this lineup without even practicing it.
Ayton was just recently quoted to say he likes playing with Baynes because Baynes tells him the right spots to be on the court.
And I, I, um, I’m just am going to have to state this simply so I don’t sound overly critical:
Playing a certain lineup because one player is good at constantly reminding another player where he is supposed to be on the court is…it’s not great.