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Al-Farouq Aminu | Forward | #8

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (8) / LAC
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During an interview on NBATV, coach Terry Stotts said Al-Farouq Aminu will play a lot of power forward next year.
This isn't a surprise with the Blazers picking up Evan Turner. Aminu played a lot of power forward late in the year, so it should be a seamless transition for him. His usage might take a small dip, so he might not be able to repeat his 10th-round value from standard leagues last year. Jul 9 - 4:34 PM

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Al-Farouq Aminu drained 3-of-5 threes to finish Wednesday's game with 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

Aminu was lousy from downtown vs. the Clippers in the first round but he flipped the script vs. the Warriors -- through five games he averaged 17.2 points and 3.2 triples, connecting on 55.2 percent of his attempts beyond the arc. He has a guaranteed contract for the next three seasons, at an average of $7.3 million, which looks like a bargain for the Blazers.
May 12 - 2:00 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 18 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Monday.

He made a couple late defensive mistakes. That aside, Aminu has dazzled at Moda Center in these playoff games. Even before this gem on the stat sheet, Aminu averaged 18.0 points, 8.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 3.3 treys. He's been considerably worse on the road, so he's not as great of a DFS target for Game 5.
May 10 - 2:02 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu said Terry Stotts allowed him to grow as a player.

"I've been in places where they told me from Day One not to shoot one jump shot. They said, 'We don't want you to shoot,'" Aminu said. "That definitely wasn't the coaching here. It allowed me to grow." Stotts deserves a ton of credit for the job he's done this season with the Blazers, and it would be shocking if he didn't receive a contract extension as his reward. Coming off of an impressively strong Game 3 with 23 points, 10 boards and four triples on 8-of-9 shooting, Aminu will look to have a similar impact in Monday's critical Game 4 vs. the Warriors.
Source: NBA.com
May 9 - 12:23 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu made 8-of-9 from the field for 23 points with 10 rebounds, one block and four 3-pointers in a win over the Warriors on Saturday.

He made all three free throws on top of his 111.1 effective field goal percentage. Aminu is loving the Moda Center right now, averaging 18 points, 8.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 3.3 treys on a 67.8 true shooting percentage in his four home playoff games -- he only had a 46.4 true shooting percentage in the five road games. He'll be a popular DFS play in Game 4, and justifiably so.
May 7 - 11:51 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu followed up Monday's career performance with seven points, eight boards, two assists, one steal and one block during the Blazers' Game 5 win in L.A.

Aminu's calling card is his defense, so it's no surprise to see him come back to earth. He was lousy from downtown in Games 1-3 before erupting for 30 points in a critical Game 4 win in Portland, and tonight it was his all-around play that got it done -- he shot a mere 1-of-6 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line, while missing all five of his 3-point attempts.
Apr 28 - 12:57 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored a career-high 30 points against the Clippers during a Game 4 98-84 win on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and six 3-pointers.

Wow. It's the best scoring game of his career for regular season and playoffs. Aminu joined Russell Westbrook and Paul Millsap as the only players with a game of 30-plus points and 10-plus boards this postseason. Coach Terry Stotts has played Aminu at the four a lot in this series and that'll continue for the rest of this round and likely in the next round, assuming they advance. Aminu has played at least 35 minutes in each of three games and is certainly someone to consider the rest of the way for DFS.
Apr 26 - 2:00 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu shot 4-of-13 on Wednesday, including 1-of-7 from downtown, to finish with nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes.

Aminu is now 3-of-15 from deep in the series and most of his misses are of the wide-open variety. He was a combined 18-of-36 from deep in the final seven games of the regular season, and Portland needs him defensively, so there's no reason to think his role will shrink in Game 3.
Apr 21 - 1:31 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu double-doubled during Sunday's Game 1 defeat, posting 10 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

The Clippers sagged off Aminu defensively, daring him to beat them with his jumper, and he shot just 3-of-12 overall with a 2-of-8 mark from deep. He's a uniquely versatile defender but struggled against Blake Griffin's physicality tonight, and his play is crucial for Portland's ability to mount a first-round upset.
Apr 18 - 1:46 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu played only 19 minutes vs. Denver on Wednesday to finish with 10 points, three rebounds, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers.

AFA has been on a roll lately but he wasn't needed much tonight, and all of Portland's starters got extra rest for obvious reasons -- they were playing the Nuggets and had already locked up the No. 5 seed. Aminu, who has thrived while playing more PF down the stretch, draws an intriguing first-round matchup vs. Blake Griffin and the Clippers.
Apr 14 - 2:22 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 27 points during a 120-115 win over the Thunder on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, five assists, one block, three steals and three 3-pointers.

The move of Moe Harkless has been huge for Aminu. He's been more comfortable as a stretch four on both ends and has seen a ton of easy shots. Three of Aminu's four career 20-plus scoring games have come in the last seven. He should be owned in all standard leagues. The Blazers clinched a playoff berth, but they will be battling for position.
Apr 7 - 1:18 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu notched 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in 36 minutes on Sunday, as the Blazers fell on the road 136-111.

This is the seventh time Aminu has dished out five assists this season, and he rounded out his fantasy line with two 3-pointers and a 4-of-4 mark at the FT line. He's had a new lease on life since shifting primarily to PF over the past few weeks and should be owned in all standard leagues.
Apr 3 - 11:25 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu posted another full line on Saturday vs. the Heat, scoring eight points with eight rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

He was coming off a dominant 28-point performance vs. the Celtics and has now posted three full lines in a row, so it's safe to say that he's back. Aminu will have another chance to impress on Sunday vs. the Warriors, but the only bad news is that the Blazers have three games next week. Aminu is a mid-round player when he's playing well, so he's worth owning in standard leagues.
Apr 3 - 12:43 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored a career-high 28 points in a win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and six 3-pointers.

Coach Brad Stevens admitted the Celtics put extra ball pressure on C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard to make Aminu beat them, and he did just that. Aminu matched his career-high 20 points back on Saturday and he's really stepped up with more minutes at the four. He's worth owning now, especially with games on Saturday and Sunday.
Apr 1 - 2:18 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting vs. the Kings on Monday, adding eight boards, two assists, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

He didn't play much due to the lopsided score, but he's really playing a lot better lately. Aminu has averages of 12.4 points, 7.6 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, so he belongs in most lineups while he's hot. The Blazers have three more games this week.
Mar 29 - 12:50 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Allen Crabbe
3Pat Connaughton
4Tim Quarterman
SF1Evan Turner
2Jake Layman
3Luis Montero
PF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Moe Harkless
3Meyers Leonard
4Noah Vonleh
C1Mason Plumlee
2Ed Davis
3Festus Ezeli