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Al Farouq Aminu vs. Wesley Johnson

1) Better first 3 years in the NBA?
2) Better Career in the NBA?
3) Better NBA Potential?
4) Who will be picked first between them on draft night?
5) Who do you compare them to?


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1) Better first 3 years- I

1) Better first 3 years- I think Johnson will be. Aminu will get about 7 or 8 ppg as a rookie with about 5 boards and a steal and a block. I think Johnson gets 12 ppg, 5 boards, 1 stl and about .5 blocks. I see Johnso being the better player in the 2 years after that too.

2) Better Career- I think Johnson has the better career. I think he'll be a 1st or (more ideally) 2nd option who may be a near All-Star player due to his scoring ability and jump shot. Al-Farouq Aminu will be a 3rd or 4th option offensively who will be too much of a tweener to really break out.

3) Better Potential- I think Aminu does due to his age and unpolished skill set.

4) Who will be picked first between them on draft night: I tend to think Wesley Johnson will be.

5) Who do you compare them to? Wesley Johnson: Danny Granger; Al-Farouq Aminu: Al Thornton.

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i dont like the thornton -

i dont like the thornton - aminu comparison. aminu is a way better defender and a much more efficient scorer who can be a fourth or fifth option. thornton has to be a #1 or #2 to be effective and he is bad on defense.

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Johnson vs. Aminu

1) Better first 3 years - Johnson, think that he is going to be at about 12-15ppg, 4-5 boards depending on which team that he goes to. I have said it a dozen times, Aminu is never going to be a consistent scorer who can create his own shot. If teams realize this and accept it and let him be the 4th or 5th option.
2) Better career - Probably Johnson, but I have been talking myself into Aminu more and more lately. I think it depends a lot on where Aminu goes and his mentality. If he goes to a team where he does not have to be a consistent scoring option and can be more of a scrappy type of scorer (dunks, alley oops, fast break, etc.) then he will have a very good career. I think a Josh Smith comparison is very very good. I picture Aminu as a smaller version of Smith who can prolly play the 3 too, because I think he has good quickness and lateral movement and can become an elite defender. On the other hand if he goes somewhere where he has to be a scoring threat I think he could start thinking he is too cool for school and let his defense slip. Johnson I think is going to be a very good 3rd scoring option for sure, and depending on how he develops a good 2nd or possibly 1st option. He will probably have the "better" career in that he will average 18-20 ppg, but think that they will be very comparable in the end if Aminu gets into the right situation.
3) Potential - The obvious answer seems Aminu, but I will say Johnson because if he can harness his scoring and defensive abilities I think that he could become an elite player. I don't see Aminu ever ever becoming a consistent scoring option and I think this limits his potential. Just my gut feeling.
4) Picked first - Johnson definitely. He should not slip out of top 5. Aminu will be 7-10.
5) Comparisons - I like the Johnson-Granger comparison. Aminu I will be optimistic and say Josh Smith. I think he will have an exact clone of Smith's career. Starts off jacking threes and taking bad shots and as he matures becomes an efficient offensive player and elite defender.

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1) Better first 3 years in

1) Better first 3 years in the NBA?
Johnson. he has the offensive skill set to start and make an impact right away. Aminu still has some figuring out to do and I think it will take him some time to find his niche. depending on where he goes, they might even develop him slowly and bring him off the bench to start.

2) Better Career in the NBA?
depends on how you look at it...Johnson will always be the better scorer, but Aminu will be the better rebounder and defender. personally, I like guys who impact the game in other ways than scoring. so im gonna go with Aminu. he probably won't make as many all-star games, if any, because of stats...but I think he'll make the bigger impact overall.

3) Better NBA Potential?
Aminu for sure. better size, athleticism, and he's still very young. Wes is either 22 or 23 if I remember right, not much room for growth at that age.

4) Who will be picked first between them on draft night?
Johnson will be top 5. Aminu will be picked closer to the bottom of the top 10.

5) Who do you compare them to?
Johnson- I don't see the Danny Granger comparison, he's not that great of a 3pt shooter, and he does most of his damage from the mid range or in the paint, i see him as a Rudy Gay. Aminu reminds me a lot of Gerald Wallace. crazy athleticism, but doesnt have the offensive skill set of a 3 man. he will always be a solid defender and rebounder and a highlight on the fast break. but it will take him about 4--5 yrs to break outl

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Heeeere

1) Better first 3 years in the NBA? Johnson
2) Better Career in the NBA? Johnson
3) Better NBA Potential? Johnson
4) Who will be picked first between them on draft night? Johnson
5) Who do you compare them to? Johnson - Danny Granger/Richard Jefferson Aminu - Josh Smith/Jamario Moon (Less Athletic)

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hmm

1) Better first 3 years in the NBA?
Johnson. More well rounded and ready for the NBA
2) Better Career in the NBA?
I think Aminu, if he continues to develop. Johnson's age and inability to create for himself raises some major questions about how he'll develop long term, especially if he's expected to be a #1 or even #2 option on offence.
3) Better NBA Potential?
Aminu. He's bigger, longer, maybe a little more athletic and plays a position that's in "fashion" in the NBA (the tweener forward or Josh Smith power forward) but will be a good, if not great, defender no matter what position he plays.
4) Who will be picked first between them on draft night?
Johnson. Teams will probably like his already developed game and fall in love with his personality (like Minnesota and Flynn).
5) Who do you compare them to?
Johnson - better shooting, worse creating Granger
Aminu - Josh Smith

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1.Aminu-i think it's close

1.Aminu-i think it's close now so why he can't be better in three years if he continues to develop in this way
2.Aminu-similar to first one
3.Aminu-age age age
4.Aminu-because of first three things lol
5.Johnson-J.Howard(better defensive stats) Aminu-Deng/Smith

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1) Better first 3 years in the NBA? Johnson, i expect about 12-15 ppg,4-6 boards,2-3 ass, a block and a steal.... aminu 7-10 ppg, 5-7 rpg, 1 ass, 1 blokc adn a 1.5 spg... i dont see aminu as better then wes
2) Better Career in the NBA? Wes, i see him at his prime aroung 20- 23 ppg, 6-7 boards, 3 ass,2 steals and a block, probably 2-3 times allstar and a few all nba defensive teams, aminu isnt going to be that good ofensively i dont think he will improve his jumper, and i think he will always be a tweener..
3) Better NBA Potential? Aminu,but i dont think he will realize his potenital
4) Who will be picked first between them on draft night? wes
5) Who do you compare them to? aminu- jeff green a, wes-poor mans carmelo anthony,with better defense

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1) Better first 3 years in

1) Better first 3 years in the NBA?
Johnson - He can come in right away and catch and shoot and get some mop up points.

2) Better Career in the NBA?
Johnson - He can be a number 2 on a contender, Aminu will be a 3rd-4th at best.

3) Better NBA Potential?
Johnson - More ability to create off the dribble, better shooter, and has a more defined position.

4) Who will be picked first between them on draft night?
Johnson if teams are smart

5) Who do you compare them to?
Johnson - Gay/Marion
Aminu - Marvin Williams/Deng

I just don't get the love with Aminu, 3/4 tweeners like him rarely become anything more than ok role players. He was able to dominate in the post in college, but thats because he was one of the biggest guys. When he went against NBA Size guys like at FSU (who aren't even great), he got completely dominated. He's not nearly as athletic as Josh Smith, and he's Luol Deng at best (who is no better than a 3rd option).

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