|2010 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 8th overall by L.A. Clippers.|
|8th July, 2010||NBA||Signed four year, $12,016,282 rookie scale contract with L.A. Clippers. Included team options for 2012/13 and 2013/14.|
|14th June, 2011||NBA||L.A. Clippers exercised 2012/13 team option.|
|14th December, 2011||NBA||Traded by L.A. Clippers, along with Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and a 2012 first round pick (#10, Austin Rivers) in exchange for Chris Paul, a 2015 second round pick (#47, Arturas Gudaitis) and a conditional 2015 second round pick (Memphis's pick; Memphis's right to choose between sending the pick or $350,000 cash; cash sent instead, thus pick not conveyed).|
|31st October, 2012||NBA||New Orleans declined 2013/14 team option.|
|10th July, 2013||NBA||Re-signed by New Orleans to a one year, $3,749,602 contract.|
|28th July, 2014||NBA||Signed a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Dallas. Included player option for 2015/16.|
|30th April, 2015||NBA||Declined 2015/16 player option.|
|9th July, 2015||NBA||Signed a four year, $30 million contract with Portland.|
|2008 - 2010||Wake Forest (NCAA)|
|June 2010 - December 2011||L.A. Clippers (NBA)|
|December 2011 - June 2014||New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)|
|July 2014 - June 2015||Dallas Mavericks (NBA)|
|July 2015 - present||Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)|
June 29, 2017
SF/PF, 6’9, 220lbs, 26 years old, 7 years of experience
Lost his starting role and had his second straight season of declining production. Nevertheless, he is versatile defensively without being insignificant offensively, especially as a four man, which he appears to be now be considered as full time. With long arms and mobility, Aminu is a good pairing for opposing stretch bigs, and is a good defender for his price. He does however need to improve, or at least sustain, his offence to the point that he has to be guarded in the corners and around the basket. He is merely a straight-line driver and occasional spot-up shooter at this point, and contesting him renders him moot.
Player Plan:Two years and circa. $14.3 million remaining, with no options or guaranteed years. Also a useful player on a fair price. Keep for now.
June 27, 2010
Pick 8: The Clippers draft Al-Farouq Aminu out of Wake Forest. A BDL commenter immediately christens him "Manesh."
THERE'S your next Shawn Marion, Jay Bilas. Not DeWesley Johnson. Manesh is hugely athletic and hugely "long," with terrific defensive ability and versatility, and prolific rebounding. Nothing about his offensive game is polished or ever seems to be done on purpose, but his athleticism and hustle create him looks that he's not too bad at finishing. And his poor jumpshot only heightens the Marion comparison.
Manesh takes to the stage in a pair of glasses best described as....turble.
Things then brighten up immeasurably when Stu Scott informs us that "Al-Farouq" translates as "the chief has arrived." And then in his interview with Mark Jones, Aminu refers to his incumbent Clippers team mates as "smart dudes." In terms of peripheral draft night frivolity, Aminu has been the pick of the night so far. But by the same token, he's also been the most questionable pick. If Aminu can find some ways to score and become more like Josh Smith, it might be all right, yet if he doesn't, the Clippers might have just picked the next Anthony Bonner in the top ten. So here's to a relentlessly good work ethic.
If that sounded harsh, consider that Jay Bilas was far blunter when he said Aminu "needs to improve his skill level." That's always a ballpunch of a comment.