Aminu should not be in the top ten
Hell, I can see him slipping out of the lottery entirely. If I'm a team looking for a SF I'd rather draft George, Henry, or Babbitt over Aminu. At least these guys can shoot.
Aminu is a good rebounder, and I can see him being a good defender at the SF position. But he brings nothing on offense. He is a hustle guy that gets by on his high motor, but the skills to be successful at the position are just not there.
He is like a poor man's Tyrus Thomas.
That's your opinion. I don't agree with it.
Paul George is coming on hot in "Workouts". Gordon Hayward tested better in "Workouts", Babbitt has looked better in "Workouts"
If I'm correct, Wasn't Aminu the only player in the ACC to put up a double double?
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This is what I want to do. I want to work for ESPN someday so I take my comments seriously. I always try to put thought into my post.
I dont necassarily disagree with the guy actually. Im not high on Aminu at all if hes going to be a top 10 pick. His offensive game isnt all that impressive, I'm not sure he's quick enough to guard NBA wings.
People say his upside is huge...what is that based off of? I dont see the huge upside. He's long and pretty athletic, big whoop. His offensive game isnt good, he cant shoot outside of 15 feet, his ball handling is sloppy, and he's not a great passer. He is at his best when he has the ball at the elbows. I personally think he'll make a decent NBA PF, but I dont see anything better then 12 to 14 ppg and 7 rpg.
Yeah he averaged a double double in the ACC...congratulations. Wake Forrest had 0 guys who could score around him. He was a pretty good college player, but I just dont see what people see in him.
I agree with you 100%. I don't see the huge upside in Aminu.
All those guys listed showed a better offensive game during the season than Aminu. It is not just in workouts.
I'm just not seeing Aminu's offensive game translating well to the NBA. Defenders will sag on him daring him to shoot and this will nullify his first step. He'll get some points off frastbreaks and offensive rebounds but that is pretty much it. I can see him being a liability in the half court offense.
i'm not a big aminu fan but he'll be a steal if he falls out of the top 10
He plays EXACTLY like Josh Smith did when Smith was a rookie. I think he has upside, he has serious mismatch potential and if his mid-range gets more consistent it would make him a threat offensively. Think about it. He has the exact same strengths and weaknesses as Josh Smith does/did as a youngster, plus if he doesn't succeed on offense he was one of the absolute best defenders in the nation from the 2nd half of his Freshman season on. His defense should adjust relatively seamlessly to the NBA too, so at worst he's a Luc Richard Mbah a Moute type who rebounds well and can defend everything from PG-PF's. That's a pretty valuable player either way.
I think Aminu would fit fine with Clippers at 8. He would bring Defense, something that team lacks, and also he won't need to be a big scorer. That Clippers lineup has 4 legit scorers in Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, and Chris Kaman. If he can contribute 8 ppg so he isn't seen as a liability then that's fine. As long as he can defend well and get rebounds for 2nd chance opportunities he should be fine.
he is all hype. everybody wants to talk about potential but just cuz a player is long and athletic. it doesn't mean he is going to be able to shoot, make good basketball plays or anything that good players do. Some players just dont have the iq and hand to eye coordination to reach there ''potential''. there is way too much overhype on athleticism. I've seen him disappear in too many games in college
Josh Smith has played mostly PF his career. I too think for Aminu to be successful in the NBA he will eventually have to play PF full time, and this means he will have to bulk up. Again, if you are a team looking for a SF Aminu is not the answer.
Someone mentioned the Clippers. The Clippers with Griffin and Kaman down low doing the rebounding and posting up players, wouldn't they be better off with someone that can spread the floor at SF?
He can play SF some though. I'm not sure if you guys have watched Wake play but he saw alot of time at SF, and other than a few travels and palming calls he didn't like that out of place at all. He can at least function as a Thaddeus Young type SF if he saw consistent minutes there, but he has the ability to play SF and PF in the NBA depending on who he's matched up with
What he said about Aminu could actually happen. I have been thinking the same thing. If Babbitt moves up Aminu could fall to like late teens to 20's.
You have a very good point about Aminu, but sometimes you can never tell how a player is going to turn out in the NBA. As for me I will take him over Wesley Johnson because I have seen him play for two years now, and he is the same age as 95% of the freemen in college this year that means lot, and younger than Wesley Johnson for 3 years. He could be a josh smith or Tyrus thomas
I guess Josh Smith is an ok comparison, but thats an at best scenario in my opinion. But I dont think Aminu will be as good. Quite honestly I've nver been a big Josh Smith fan, but he's a decent player. I think Aminu will be a better version of Luc Richard Mbah Amoute...who is a decent player...but is he a player worth drafting in the top 10?
He's already better by a good bit than Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, especially offensively, and he's more of a rebounding presence and shot-blocker than that.
A young Josh Smith was essentially a "better version (I don't understand what a "better version" of someone is...it's pretty close to not making a lick of sense) " of Luc Richard Mbah Moute anyway...I'd take Aminu in the top 10. Now this time last year, I would agree. He was a very similar player to Mbah a Moute. But as of now? He's better than him. And it's not even a question if you compare Mbah a Moute for the Bucks or UCLA, that Aminu is a much better player even right now. I've seen Aminu play a bunch of times too living in ACC/SEC territory.
Aminu is Hakim Warrick.
Same height 6'7.25" w/o shoes.
Similar wingspans 7'3" and 7'2".
Similar athleticism (Warrick tested more athletic).
Same style of play exactly.
Same range (or lack thereof)
The non-shooter Aminu has no business being in the lottery and only a dummy would project him there, draft him there.
Luke Babbitt and Paul George are much better NBA prospects. So is Damion James who's more athletic, a natural SF, and can hit the 3.
Aminu is a much better rebounder, overall defender, and a better shot-blocker than Warrick. Also was farther along offensively at the same stage.
Aminu is nothing like Josh Smith.
Josh Smith is an elite athlete with a max vert of 39.5 inches.
Aminu's max vert is 33.5 inches.
Smith is an elite athlete, while Aminu is just average.
In Aminu, you have a less athletic version of Hakim Warrick.
Same height 6'7.25" w/o shoes..
Warrick's max vert 38 inches.
Aminu's max vert 33.5 inches
Same skill limitations.
Same range (or lack thereof).
Luke Babbitt tested WAY MORE athletic than Aminu.
Time to jump off the Aminu bandwagon, folks. The guy is a BUST in the making.
I like the Hakeem Warrick comparison alot! People who dont like that comparison are typically the poeple who realize that Hakeem Warrick has not been a great NBA player and want to compare him to somebody better. I just dont think Aminu will be very good. He doesnt impress me.
He looks like a Thaddeus Young type Forward to me. Aminu's upside is not as HUGE as everyone makes it out to be. He will be a decent Forward, but may not be an All-Star type Forward.
LoL..U guys are a TRIP.....Just becuz he didnt do well at the combines..Guys are nervous,some havent slept or might be ill during those events...You guys are ready to say he's a D-Leaguer...Boozer & Brook Lopez did poor at the combines..Aminu will be 1 of the surprise rookies next season..I've heard some people say Dumars is raving about his upside and hopes he's there at number 7...Wesley ''watch me take these fools money '' Johnson is the guy that doesnt belong in the lottery...Mark it Down...Hakim Warrick 2 might average 10 to 14 points his rookie year but after that.. when teams adjust to his style of play..He's going to start slipping farther down the bench....
im tired of people saying the combines are meaningless. the combine is why great talents like Babbitt and Paul George and no name Ryan Richards are improving their draft stock. Who knew Babbitt had close to a 38 inch vert? The combine is giving guys who are deserving like Andy Rautins a spot in the NBA
Aminu is like bigger Gerald Wallace!
combo forword, will be great rebonder from the SF position, play agresive, will give high amount of blocks and steals, play agresive, can shoot a little with some offensive skills.
OK you all say his upside is all about size and length..but when the guy is 11rpg at SF and also has around 1.5 steals and blocks.. offensively he was impact player since his freshmen year (next to Teague and Johnson) and still has so so much to improve there(and he WILL cause he is hard working guy) and he is younger than most of freshmen i think it's mean his potential is really huge...
not saying he is better prospect than Favors at all but he was probably better freshmen year ago and he also was only 18(even two months younger than Favors this year)