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Al-Farouq Aminu | Forward | #8

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (8) / LAC
Contract: view contract details

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Al-Farouq Aminu recorded his second double-double of the season on Wednesday with 15 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes of action.
Aminu hit 5-of-10 shots with all of his makes coming from downtown, and he's now made 15 triples in the Blazers' past four games. High-volume perimeter shooting, combined with Aminu's knack for rebounds and defensive stats, makes him a solid addition to most fantasy rosters. Dec 14 - 12:29 AM

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Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and five 3-pointers against the Rockets on Saturday.

That's back-to-back games with five 3-pointers. He figures to get a nice little bump in usage with Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) on the mend but Aminu should really be owned in all standard leagues regardless.
Dec 10 - 4:23 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu hit 6-of-10 shots and five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points, six rebounds and a block in a start for the Blazers on Tuesday.

He'd been coming off the bench since returning from his ankle injury, but was back in the starting unit tonight. And he looked very good, despite picking up five fouls. And with Jusuf Nurkic suffering a sprained ankle in this one that could cause him to miss time, Aminu's arrow is point straight up. Make sure he's not somehow available in your league.
Dec 6 - 12:24 AM

Joe Freeman is reporting that the Blazers are changing their starting lineup Tuesday, going with Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic against the Wizards.

Noah Vonleh and Pat Connaughton will head to the bench, which isn't all that surprising since it was only a matter of time before Aminu got his starting job back after missing time with his sprained ankle. This update came very late, as reporters in the arena didn't learn of it until it appeared on television monitors just before game time.
Dec 5 - 10:07 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu has been cleared to play "30-something" minutes for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

Aminu has been working with minutes in the mid-20s since getting back from the ankle injury, but it sounds like he'll shortly be back in a 30-plus-minute role with Portland, and he should eventually find his way back into the starting five. "Will he rejoin starting lineup? As I’ve said before, there’s a chance that he’ll start eventually," Terry Stotts said. "But no decision has been made now." Aminu is slowly rounding back into form and offers enough upside to warrant ownership in most leagues.
Dec 4 - 4:28 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu finished with seven points and five rebounds across 26 minutes off the bench Saturday against the Pelicans.

Aminu was coming off the bench, but he doubled the minutes of Noah Vonleh. However, wasn't terribly productive, grabbing two less rebounds with no blocked shots in half as many minutes. Aminu is still worth grabbing in standard leagues, as he can help contribute in the blocked shots, steals and 3-pointers categories once he knocks off a little rust.
Dec 3 - 1:40 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) returned from his Nov. 1 injury on Thursday, scoring six points with five rebounds and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Bucks.

He was expected to play 20 minutes, but coach Terry Stotts gave him a little extra burn. Aminu was rolling before his injury, but he may not see quite as much run because Noah Vonleh was out for most of that time. Still, we like Aminu as a pickup in standard leagues for his ability to add steals, blocks and treys. Even if he doesn't start, he should have value.
Dec 1 - 12:33 AM

Coach Terry Stotts said Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) will play between 15-20 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

Aminu said the same thing on Thursday and he will be coming off the bench. Aminu was playing extremely well before his injury and was filling the stat sheet, averaging 9.6 points, 8.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.6 treys. He's worth adding in standard leagues as several forwards and guards take a hit.
Nov 30 - 8:25 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) said he'll play Thursday night against the Bucks and is expected to play 20 minutes off the bench.

He has been out since Nov. 1 with a bad ankle sprain, but Aminu was at practice on Wednesday. The Blazers had a very messy rotation since then, and coach Terry Stotts really mixed it up with three-guard lineups with Shabazz Napier, sliding Moe Harkless over to the four more, and starting Pat Connaughton recently. Aminu returning would likely cost Noah Vonleh most of his minutes, as well. Aminu was really stuffing the stat sheet before his injury, averaging 9.6 points, 8.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.6 treys. If you need a power forward, he's worth adding in standard leagues.
Nov 29 - 3:48 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) will not play Saturday vs. the Wizards.

This is the 12th game Aminu has missed this season. He initially sprained the ankle back on November 1st and was projected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks. However, we've already passed the three-week mark, and Aminu remains unable to play. Noah Vonleh has started each of the past four games for Portland and is averaging 6.5 points (on 61.1 percent shooting) and 10.5 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per contest over that stretch.
Nov 25 - 11:09 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.

Aminu is just about at the end of Week-3 of his initial 2-3 week timetable, so he is getting close, but the Blazers probably want him to go through some full-contact practices before putting him back out there. Noah Vonleh will continue to start at the four sans Aminu, and there will be more minutes available for Moe Harkless, Pat Connaughton and Caleb Swanigan. With Aminu close, he's someone to consider stashing away in 12-team leagues.

Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) will not play vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday.

Aminu's initial timetable was 2-3 weeks, and we'll hit the three-week mark on Nov. 24. Caleb Swanigan hasn't done much as a starter over the past few games, and Aminu's absence primarily benefits guys like Noah Vonleh, Moe Harkless and Pat Connaughton.
Nov 19 - 6:08 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) remains out for Friday's game against the Kings.

He was expected to miss 2-3 weeks back on Nov. 3, so he's likely going to be on the back end of that or perhaps even later. It looks like Caleb Swanigan will have another chance to start and Moe Harkless should handle some minutes at the four as well.
Nov 16 - 10:10 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) is expected to be sidelined 2-3 weeks with a right ankle sprain.

This is tough news for the Blazers, but it's not too surprising after we saw him on crutches today. Aminu was going off for his fantasy owners with fourth-round value in this young season, so his owners will have to figure out if they want to wait that long. With him out, it'll be a by-committee approach with Noah Vonleh, Caleb Swanigan, Zach Collins, Pat Connaughton and Moe Harkless likely playing a little more.
Nov 3 - 2:37 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu (right ankle) was on crutches before Thursday's game.

He was in a walking boot on Wednesday, so being on crutches a day after is a little more concerning. Aminu was ruled out earlier today and it would appear he's set to miss multiple games. There is no timetable on a return, but his fantasy owners should hold him in almost all leagues until we get more info. Noah Vonleh is listed as the starter, but it'll be a team effort with Caleb Swanigan, Moe Harkless, Ed Davis, Evan Turner and Pat Connaughton all likely to see more minutes. There really isn't a pickup to be made unless you were really on the fence on adding these guys before this injury.
Nov 2 - 8:05 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
3Wade Baldwin
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Evan Turner
3C.J. Wilcox
SF1Pat Connaughton
2Moe Harkless
3Jake Layman
PF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Noah Vonleh
3Caleb Swanigan
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2Ed Davis
3Zach Collins
4Meyers Leonard