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Al-Farouq Aminu | Forward | #8

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (8) / LAC
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Al-Farouq Aminu (back contusion) is questionable to face the Pacers on Saturday.
He took a really bad fall in the last minute of Thursday's game. Aminu was grabbing his lower back for a while, so clearly the pain has lingered. If he's out, Ed Davis should get minutes in the mid 20s while Meyers Leonard could also benefit. Aminu has potential, but his awful offensive season has kept him from being an asset in most leagues. Dec 9 - 4:15 PM

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Al-Farouq Aminu played 24 minutes and hit 2-of-9 shots for five points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals on Thursday, before leaving late with a back injury.

Aminu took a very hard fall and landed flat on his lower back. He hobbled to the sideline, but was clearly in pain. The Blazers don't play again until Saturday at Indy, so there's a chance he'll be feeling better by then. But it also wouldn't be surprising to miss a game or two. Watch for updates on his status throughout the weekend. Aminu was just getting back from a calf injury and is still on a minutes limit, so his new injury just adds some fuel to the fire. If Aminu misses time, guys like Moe Harkless (ankle), Ed Davis and Evan Turner all benefit.
Dec 8 - 11:07 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu is still on a minutes limit for Thursday against the Grizzlies.

"It's tough to start a guy with a minutes restriction," coach Terry Stotts said. Moe Harkless (ankle) is questionable to night, so the Blazers could have to get creative at forward. Aminu has played almost all four this year, so starting him would've been a surprise anyway.
Dec 8 - 6:39 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring two points with four rebounds and one turnover.

He didn't get an increase in minutes following his 17 on Monday. Aminu is having a disastrous season from the field, making just 27.1 percent overall. He's made just one midrange shot all year and somehow has gone 6-of-20 at the rim (30 percent). He may have value at some point, but he has to get better first.
Dec 7 - 10:56 PM

Terry Stotts said that Al-Farouq Aminu's minutes could increase during Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks, but not by much.

Aminu logged 17 minutes in his return from the calf injury on Monday, so he'll likely be looking at around 20 minutes tonight. He's still going to come off the bench, and is shooting just 27.7 percent from the field on the year, so he's only worth owning in deep leagues at the moment.
Dec 7 - 6:40 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returned to action on Monday vs. the Bulls, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 17 minutes.

He had playing time restrictions of 16-20 minutes, but those should be lifted soon. However, the Blazers may continue to roll with Ed Davis as their starting PF for now and Moe Harkless is obviously locked into his role as the starting SF, so Aminu is just a deep-league add until his role grows.
Dec 5 - 11:55 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

Additionally, Aminu will be limited to 16-20 minutes as the Blazers ease him back into action. Prior to going down with the injury, Aminu was averaging 6.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 26.1 minutes per game.
Dec 5 - 6:34 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) is probable to play Monday vs. the Bulls.

He's been out since Nov. 8, so he'll likely be eased back into things as his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be. Aminu's return should push Ed Davis back to the bench and Meyers Leonard's minutes will become even more inconsistent. Aminu was hitting just 27.9 percent of his shots prior to going down with meager averages of 6.4 points, 6.7 boards, 1.1 treys and 1.4 steals per game, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues at the moment.
Dec 4 - 4:21 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) practiced on Friday and remains out for Saturday against Miami.

This is a very encouraging sign for Aminu, who has missed the last 12 games. He's had a smooth transition to playing all power forward this season, which has allowed Moe Harkless to step up as a three. Aminu's return with 27 minutes per game would take minutes away from guys like Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Aminu is a borderline asset in standard leagues.
Dec 2 - 4:58 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu's (left calf strain) could be back in action as soon as Saturday's game against the Heat, according to Trail Blazers' Insider Jason Quick.

Aminu was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, going through sprints and getting some nice lift on his jumper, and Quick speculates that his return will come no later than next week. Once he's back, Ed Davis will return to the bench where he'll split minutes with Meyers Leonard. Aminu wasn't playing very well at all prior to the injury, ranking well outside the top-150 with averages of 6.4 points, 6.6 boards, 1.1 triples and 1.4 steals per game on 27.9 percent shooting, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues.
Nov 30 - 11:40 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Monday.

Aminu was running at roughly 75 percent speed in the half court and spotting up for 3-point shots, so this is another small step in the right direction. He's still a ways away however, and owners in standard leagues without an IR-spot may want to move on to healthier options. Ed Davis has been starting with Meyers Leonard seeing sporadic minutes, but neither of those guys are consistent enough to rely upon in standard settings.
Nov 28 - 4:13 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) was spotted getting some shots up following Monday's practice.

While this is a small step towards a return, Trail Blazers' Insider Jason Quick reports that he wasn't moving around like he's "game ready." He's expected to be re-evaluated on Friday, so owners can expect to get another update at that point. With Aminu on the sidelines, Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard have each seen a couple starts, but head coach Terry Stotts has been too unpredictable with the minutes distributions to recommend picking up either of those guys in standard leagues.
Nov 21 - 3:23 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) will travel with the Trail Blazers on their upcoming five-game road trip.

While it's nice to see Aminu traveling with his team, he likely won't be re-evaluated until the final game of the trip on November 23 vs. the Cavs. Moe Harkless and Allen Crabbe will continue to see some increased opportunity with Aminu on the sidelines, and Meyers Leonard could earn a few more starts.
Source: CSN NW
Nov 16 - 9:25 AM

Coach Terry Stotts said Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) will be re-evaluated "in a couple weeks."

Not good. The Blazers have shifted Aminu over to play all power forward and it's been a wild rotation behind him. Stotts loves to play the matchups and has said his choice between Noah Vonleh and Meyers Leonard will be based on the defensive matchup. Plus, we've seen Moe Harkless play several more minutes at the four. Besides the aforementioned forwards, we'll see more minutes going to Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe. Basically, every Blazer in the rotation will help offset the loss of Aminu here.
Nov 11 - 8:24 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (left calf strain) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Kings.

The Blazers missed him in a blowout loss to the Clippers on Wednesday. The starting power forward is expected to be based on defensive matchups, so coach Terry Stotts may go with Meyers Leonard against Kosta Koufos over Noah Vonleh. Although, Leonard has only played just 1.8 minutes next to Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Mason Plumlee this season. Evan Turner, Moe Harkless and Allen Crabbe should get bigger bumps in a great matchup.
Nov 10 - 4:11 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Allen Crabbe
3Pat Connaughton
SF1Moe Harkless
2Evan Turner
3Jake Layman
PF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Meyers Leonard
3Noah Vonleh
C1Mason Plumlee
2Ed Davis
3Festus Ezeli