Wondering about his potential, role etc. I watched the Pelicans game and I was impressed by his handling, I mean he's not Kyrie or anything, but for a guy with his size and length he looked good. He took Frye of the baseline dribble for the lay-up and had a nice size up dribble from the top of the key to hit an 18 footer.
I think he's generally though of as a bust or at least a reach but I think with improved offence he might be turning into a nice 3rd - 4th option, do everything kind of guy. Certainly the D is already there but wondering what people think his ceiling is? somewhere between Marvin Williams and a poor-man's Deng?
at this point he is who is is. He's in his fourth year and I don't really expect any big leaps from him. He's really good in transition and in a run-n-gun offense, but he is terrible in the half-court and can't shoot to well.
He is a decent defender, slasher, and runs the floor in transition well, but other than that he's not too great. He's a good energy guy but really isn't anymore than a role player, probably a 4th option.
He just can't shoot, it's very frustrating having him not be able to space the floor for us. On the other-hand his length is probably his biggest asset right now. It help him rebound and disrupt people on D.
Potential - Role player on playoff team.
I and the rest of the real gm Clipper fan base still won't forgive the Clippers for drafting him over Paul George. Literally everyone wanted Paul George over him.
He's a great rebounder for his position and I think he's a good glue guy now, and I think even as he progresses, he'll still be a role player who provides length, rebounding, and defense at the SF spot. Last year, he averaged 1.8 offensive rebounds per game in only 27.7 mpg as a 3 spot which is really a pretty impressive stat IMO.
I agree with delfam in thinking he's a 4th option type player. I just can't see him having plays run for him on a regular basis, but he does enough right to get on the court and help his team with the little things. I think his ceiling is Gerald Wallace without the offense. Maybe 10 ppg 9 rpg 1.5 spg 1 bpg in his peak.
He's too much of a tweener to ever live up to his draft position. NBAdraft.net's comparisons were pretty spot on if you look at his profile http://nbadraft.net/players/al-farouq-aminu
Even though he's long and athletic, he just doesn't have the bulk to guard most power forwards in the NBA. He is a high-character guy who you want to like, but he will never be anything more than a role-player.