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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 filled it up against the Nets on Saturday with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 4-of-4 from the field.
He finally turned it around tonight. Aminu had a big chance to put up numbers while the Mavs were without the Chandlers, but his chance to step up is likely dwindling with both guys close to a return. If he's still on the wire, he should probably stay there. Feb 28 - 11:11 PM

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Al-Farouq Aminu played 27 minutes off the bench Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points and five rebounds.

He's had a couple nice games recently, but owners who have rolled the dice on him have also had to suffer through three duds. It all equals out to 7.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks on 35 percent shooting over his last five games, which just isn't very helpful. And if he can't get it done with Dirk Nowitzki struggling, and Rajon Rondo, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire in street clothes, the future doesn't look to promising for his consistency.

Al-Farouq Aminu tied his season-high with 12 rebounds in 28 minutes vs. Toronto on Tuesday, adding one steal, two blocks, and nine points on 4-of-9 shooting.

Aminu has always had intriguing per-minute stats and that's never been more obvious than this season with Dallas. On a per-36-minute basis he's posting 11.6 points, 1.0 threes, 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.9 blocks. Those are solid stats by any measure and he's worth deploying now that he's settled into a 25-minute role off Rick Carlisle's bench.
Feb 24 - 11:37 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu set season-highs in scoring (17) and rebounding (12) on Friday, and also added a block and 3-pointer in 30 minutes off the bench.

Aminu has been a top 50-60 asset over the last 15 games and that was good enough to be owned across the board before Chandler Parsons' ankle injury. Parsons will have an MRI on Saturday and it's not necessarily serious, but any time off would only boost Aminu's already rising stock. The concerns over Aminu's checkered past in fantasy leagues are fizzling with every solid night.
Feb 21 - 3:07 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu played 17 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday, scoring six points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

His minutes are going to head south even more once Amare Stoudemire is ready to go. The Mavericks were using him at power forward quite a bit because they really had such lack of depth at the four and five. If you have him in a deep league, you probably can add someone else who gained value today.
Feb 19 - 10:54 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 19 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Clippers.

Aminu's per-minute numbers look great here in the 17-point loss. His play has been getting noticed around the league and this probably shouldn't be the game you decide to drop him after, and conversely, it could also signify a decent time to give him a look.
Feb 10 - 3:23 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu and Richard Jefferson started in place of Tyson Chandler (ankle) and Monta Ellis (hip) for the second half on Monday.

The Mavs are going with Dirk Nowitzki at the five, which isn't a big surprise and they have done it in several lineups this season. Aminu has been solid on the defensive end with the stats, but he's only a speculative add in deep leagues until we get info on how long Chandler might be out.
Feb 9 - 10:16 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu returned to the bench for Saturday's game against the Blazers but still managed to score nine points with nine boards, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

Despite some inconsistency, Aminu has emerged in deeper leagues for his ability to contribute in multiple categories. Over his last five games he has averaged 7.6 points, 6.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.8 steals in just over 25 minutes per game. Dallas would reportedly be interested in Amare Stoudemire if he pursues a buyout with the Knicks, so be prepared to see a dip in Aminu's value if that report comes to fruition.
Feb 7 - 11:33 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu blocked three shots against the Kings on Thursday with two points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes.

He didn't play late in the game, but those who started him in standard leagues can be happy about the output in defensive stats. Aminu is now getting minutes as the backup power forward while Dirk Nowitzki is healthy, but his minutes are up because Nowitzki is playing as the center on occasion. He's worth a look in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Feb 6 - 12:40 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu will start at power forward against the Kings on Thursday.

Dirk Nowitzki is out tonight due to rest, so this is only a temporary thing. Aminu has played minutes at both forward spots and the Mavericks not using a backup center has helped him get minutes. He's a nice start tonight.
Feb 5 - 9:55 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench again and had 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 5-of-9 shooting in 28 minutes on Wednesday.

He's quietly averaging 9.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.6 steals, 1.8 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 79 percent from the line over his last five games. Dirk Nowitzki's not getting any younger, and it looks like Rick Carlisle trusts AFA. Think about grabbing him if those numbers help your team.
Feb 5 - 2:16 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu was able to keep things going despite the return of Chandler Parsons (illness) on Monday, scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 21 minutes.

We were waiting for Aminu to turn into a pumpkin with Parsons back but now he has our attention. There is a history of disappointment for us to look back on when assessing Aminu's prospects, but the Mavs are going through some injury issues and it's possible the change of scenery is working out for him. Make no mistake he's still an extremely risky pickup, but we're not going to tell you he's completely off limits.
Feb 3 - 3:01 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 10 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four steals in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Aminu is coming off a solid three-steal, six-block game on Wednesday but Chandler Parsons (illness) was out tonight and we need to see Aminu do this again before getting hot on him. In particular, with Parsons in the lineup.
Jan 31 - 1:57 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench for 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a career-high six blocks on 2-of-7 shooting in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

The last time we blurbed him was back on Jan. 4, which should tell you how he's been playing. This was easily his best game of the season and there's no reason to pick him up, unless he starts making noise on a nightly basis.
Jan 29 - 12:21 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu returned to the rotation for Sunday's game against the Cavs, putting up four points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one turnover over 24.5 minutes of action.

He played some solid defense against Kevin Love and earned some praise from head coach Rick Carlisle. However, he's one of those guys that helps an actual basketball team rather than fantasy squads, and as long as Dirk Nowitzki is healthy, he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Jan 4 - 5:03 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Devin Harris
3Raymond Felton
SG1Monta Ellis
2J.J. Barea
SF1Chandler Parsons
2Richard Jefferson
3Al-Farouq Aminu
PF1Dirk Nowitzki
2Amare Stoudemire
3Charlie Villanueva
4Dwight Powell
C1Tyson Chandler
2Greg Smith
3Bernard James