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Al-Farouq Aminu | Forward

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 215
College: Wake Forest
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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

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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.
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

The Mavericks have reached an agreement with Al-Farouq Aminu worth $2.1 million over two years, according to

They expressed interest in Aminu back on July 1 and they were finally able to get their man. The Mavs desperately need some size on the wings with their very small backcourt, so Aminu fits the bill at 6'9". This is also a big win for them after the debacle with Rashard Lewis' knee. Aminu will likely play both forward spots off the bench, but he's not going to get enough shots to matter in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 23 - 9:24 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have expressed interest in Al-Farouq Aminu.

While the former lottery pick hasn't panned out as expected in the NBA, he's still 23 years old and has shown flashes during his four NBA seasons. ALF finished 2013-14 with averages of 7.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 25.6 minutes per game, so he'll need to take another step in his development if he's going to register on the fantasy radar next season.
Jul 1 - 11:37 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu will enter unrestricted free agency this summer with nebulous value after failing to improve during the 2013-14 season.

Pelicans coach Monty Williams tried various tactics to spark Aminu's game, but ultimately yanked him from the starting lineup in favor of Tyreke Evans and Darius Miller. "[Aminu] has to understand he has to play at a high level every single time he is on the floor," Williams said during the season. ''His focus and mentality has to be focused on [rebounding and defense] as opposed to scoring and things ... that look sexy." Aminu finished with averages of 7.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 26 minutes per game, and he'll need to find a perfect situation to be worth drafting in most 12-team fantasy leagues next year.
May 10 - 9:10 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu will not start at power forward against the Thunder on Friday.

Coach Monty Williams did not reveal the exact lineup, but Jeff Withey playing well this week suggests he could be the guy to move into the first unit. Anthony Davis (back) is out for the season and the Pelicans frontcourt has been in shambles with the exception of Davis all season, so Withey is only a deep-league target for now.
Apr 11 - 4:37 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu started in place of Anthony Davis (back) on Wednesday for five points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

He's had his fair share of nice games this year, but it's mostly be letdowns. Aminu doesn't really have an offensive skill set and will have consistency issues on the stat sheet for the rest of his career. Fantasy owners should be able to do better despite the added opportunity for Aminu.
Apr 9 - 11:25 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu will start in place on Anthony Davis (back) on Wednesday night vs. the Suns.

Aminu has been a Swiss Army Knife for the Pelicans and he's lined up all over the floor. He's been a solid rebounder and will likely get some decent run against a smaller Phoenix team. He's a viable option in deeper leagues.
Apr 9 - 6:41 PM

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All Positions
PG1Jameer Nelson
2Raymond Felton
3Devin Harris
4Gal Mekel
SG1Monta Ellis
2Doron Lamb
3Ricky Ledo
SF1Chandler Parsons
2Al-Farouq Aminu
3Richard Jefferson
4Jae Crowder
PF1Dirk Nowitzki
2Greg Smith
3Eric Griffin
4Charlie Villanueva
5Ivan Johnson
C1Tyson Chandler
2Brandan Wright
3Bernard James