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Al-Farouq Aminu | Forward

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Wake Forest
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Al-Farouq Aminu returned from a knee injury and had seven points, four boards, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 3-of-6 shooting in just 16 minutes on Thursday.
Aminu actually looked good when he was on the court, but the 16 minutes is all you need to know. He's not a fantasy asset as long as his minutes are so low. Just keep an eye on him, in case he continues to play well. Nov 7 - 1:55 AM

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Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and he's looking probable for Thursday's game vs. Portland.

Aminu has plenty of time to recover for Thursday's game, and the fact that he was a full participant during Tuesday's practice bodes well for his status. That being said, he's averaging just 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds over 12 minutes of action through the first four games of the season, making him a negligible asset in standard leagues.
Nov 4 - 2:48 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) said the knee issue that caused him to leave Monday's win over the Celtics is not serious.

Aminu left during the first half of the game with inflammation in his left knee, but said it's been something that's been bothering him and that an MRI showed no structural problems. While Aminu said he hopes to practice on Tuesday and expects to play in Thursday's game against Portland, he's tough to roster in standard fantasy leagues with his current regular season averages of 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in just 12.8 minutes per game.
Nov 4 - 9:29 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu will not return on Monday due to a left knee issue.

It's unclear when the injury occurred, so chances are this is a minor thing. Aminu had been getting run at both forward spots, but he wouldn't have much fantasy value while Dirk Nowitzki or Chandler Parsons are active. He finished with five points, one rebound and one block in 10 minutes.
Nov 3 - 9:55 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu double-doubled in 20 minutes against the Jazz with 16 points, 10 boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

He did his damage in garbage time, so this line is a fluke after only logging five minutes on Tuesday. Aminu did get run at both forward spots in the preseason, but he doesn't have fantasy value right now.
Oct 31 - 1:59 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu barely played in Tuesday's season-opening road loss, going scoreless with two minutes in just five minutes off the bench.

AFA is expected to earn minutes at both SF and PF this year, but thus far he doesn't seem to have earned coach Rick Carlisle's trust. Both Jae Crowder (11 minutes) and Richard Jefferson (13 minutes) saw more action with the second unit, which is an ill omen for Aminu's season outlook.
Oct 28 - 11:12 PM

Al Faroug Aminu double-doubled off the bench on Saturday against the Pacers with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds, two blocks, and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes .

He got extra minutes tonight because the starters had the night off. He looked really aggressive tonight on both ends of the floor and may have earned himself some more rotational minutes. Even though he is an elite rebounder, he needs to be more of a threat on the offensive side of the ball to be considered in standard leagues, although tonight was encouraging. He is not worth owning except in deep leagues for now.
Oct 18 - 9:38 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu started in place of Dirk Nowitzki (hip) on Tuesday and had eight points, 11 rebounds, two steals and a block, despite hitting just 1-of-5 shots in 20 minutes.

AFA has never lived up to the hype when given opportunities, and he should be a role player off the bench for the Mavs this season. But any time Chandler Parsons or Dirk Nowitzki is out of the lineup, AFA is probably worth a look in daily leagues.
Oct 8 - 2:21 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu is expected to start at PF in place of Dirk Nowitzki (hip) on Tuesday.

Dirk's injury is minor but Aminu should earn minutes at multiple positions this year, after playing SF almost exclusively with New Orleans last season. "He plays effectively at both [SF and PF]," said coach Rick Carlisle. "He’s working hard to improve his shooting ... He’s one of the best rebounders that we have ... He’s around loose balls. He’s into a lot of things." He's never averaged more than 7.3 points per game and he lacks 3-point range, so he's only worth considering as a source of rebounds and steals in deep leagues.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Oct 7 - 1:05 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu said on Wednesday that he watched tape of Scottie Pippen and Bruce Bowen to learn how to be a better defender.

His strength has been rebounding, but he doesn't do very well in halfcourt sets on either end. Aminu ranked a woeful 259th on isolation defense (Synergy), which was part of the reason why the Pelicans were so bad on defense. He'll get minutes at both forward spots with the Mavs, but is not on the fantasy radar in most cases.
Oct 1 - 2:46 PM

Mavs owner Mark Cuban said the first call he made when free agency hit was to Al-Farouq Aminu.

This is just more evidence that the Mavs weren't planning on landing Chandler Parsons in free agency. Aminu is expected to play both forward spots this season, but he'll have a tough time building up enough value to be owned in most fantasy leagues while the Mavs are healthy.
Sep 25 - 10:12 PM

The Mavs are hopeful that Al-Farouq Aminu can help fill the void left by Shawn Marion as a defensive specialist and rebounder.

"He’s been the last two years the best rebounding small forward in the NBA. It’s not even close," said Mark Cuban of Aminu. Aminu is indeed a stellar rebounder, and perhaps coach Rick Carlisle will find a way to improve his offensive stats (during his best offensive season he averaged just 7.3 points per game). But as a reserve off the bench for the Mavericks, he's more of a deep league play for owners seeking some rebounding and a bit of defensive stats.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 15 - 2:24 PM

Mark Cuban referred to SF Al-Farouq Aminu as "a young stud defensively," and said the Mavs' system should allow Aminu to "produce offensively much better."

Aminu is a stellar rebounder and he also defended pick-and-rolls well last season, but he struggled vs. isolations and spot-up shooters. The bigger concern for fantasy owners is his limited offensive game, but coach Rick Carlisle should enable him to exceed his previous career high of 7.3 points per game. Deep-league owners in need of rebounds and a trickle of defensive stats should keep Aminu in mind on draft day.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 2 - 3:34 PM

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle conceded that Al-Farouq Aminu needs to work on his shooting, but Carlisle intends to "put him in position to play to his strengths now."

"He’s still a young player. I feel like he’s got big upside and skill," Carlisle said. Aminu shot a combined 45-of-148 (30.4 percent) from beyond 16 feet last season, but his length, athleticism and rebounding make him a solid addition to the Mavs' bench. He led all small forwards in rebounding percentage for each of the past two seasons and should earn enough minutes at SF and PF to be worth monitoring in deep fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 29 - 6:49 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have officially signed Al-Farouq Aminu to a two-year contract.

Aminu's contract will come on a veteran's minimum and the former lottery pick will fill provide the Mavericks with some much-needed size on the wings. Aminu is still only 23 years old and had some deep-league fantasy value with his averages of 7.2 points, 6.2 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks with New Orleans last season, but will have a hard time finding enough minutes to be relevant in standard leagues this season.
Jul 29 - 1:01 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jameer Nelson
2Devin Harris
3J.J. Barea
4Raymond Felton
SG1Monta Ellis
SF1Chandler Parsons
2Al-Farouq Aminu
3Richard Jefferson
4Jae Crowder
PF1Dirk Nowitzki
2Greg Smith
3Charlie Villanueva
C1Tyson Chandler
2Brandan Wright