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Al Farouq Aminu

I hear people say Aminu has a great mid range game or that he just needs more range. From what i have seen, he has good form, but he just isn't a good shooter percentage wise. I'm not sure he can develop into a very good shooter either which would lead me to question his potential at SF. However, everyone has him going #8 to the clippers. He seems to me to be more of a SF/PF combo. Considering the clippers have griffin, how would aminu fit in with the clippers? I think if wesley johnson fell he would be a much better fit, unless of course the clippers go uptempo (warriors style) next season. What do you think?


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I'm

I'm with you. He makes me think of Josh Smith in that he will never be a great shooter, but takes outside shots anyway. I hope not, I'm starting to really like Aminu. I still think he would be great on the Clips. Even though he isn't a great shooter, if he has [Steve] Blake, Gordon, and Butler around him, he should be fine.

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im not high on aminu either

im not high on aminu either and have been questioning him for some time. He seems to be a safe pick though because at worst he is a great defender, rebounder, athlete for a sf. But as far as feeling really good about using a top 10 pick on him, im not so sure. His skills are not that impressive from a perimiter standpoint.

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i think he has the talent to

i think he has the talent to be good starter but has 2 put in the time
cant see the josh smith comparsion because josh is jus atlethic
guru and not many player are like that and aminu wood
never lead the lead in blocks but overral hes a good player

best case: Artest(without the 3)
worst case: Rodney Carney(wit more defense)

still expecting great things from him

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I think Al-Farouq Aminu has

I think Al-Farouq Aminu has more upside on the defensive end than the offensive end.

If you are looking for an offensive player, Al-Farouq Aminu probably isn't your pick. However, he has the physical gifts to be a shutdown defender and he seems to have high character to work hard and hustle.

Josh Smith without the attitude seems to be a decent comparison. I don't think Aminu would be a chucker like Josh Smith was last year (this year, Josh Smith finally knows his role on offense). Aminu is also not as strong as Josh Smith, so I think AK47 might be a decent comparison too.

Aminu definitely is not a shooter. He's far from being a reliable offensive force. However, he seems to have the work ethic to improve, so that shouldn't be an issue in the long term.

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AK-47 is a solid 240 lbs, for the record.

He reminds me a lot of Josh Smith. He may not be the athlete that Smith is, but they have a lot of the same strengths and weaknesses.

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maybe he"ll be like what

maybe he"ll be like what julian wright should have been

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off the bench

I think he can be a spark off the bench this year for the clippers. He can create and at his size he has pretty good handles compared to other bigmen.
If he works on his defense, he can be like a josh smith which is pretty good in my book.
Remember the kid is only 19 with lots of undeveloped potential.

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AK47 is indeed 240 lb THIS SEASON. He intentionally gained weight this season so that he can bang better with the other people.

He used to be more skinny when he was younger. Also, he used to be playing PF with the quickness of a SF in his best seasons. Once Boozer was added to Utah, he was moved to SF (eventually to the bench) and that reduced his advantage in quickness against PF. That's why he had been apparently on a downhill since.

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Al-Farouq Aminu

Best Case: Antwan Jamison

Worst Case: Julian and Brandon Wright

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i think he is like luol

i think he is like luol deng. deng cant create to much, is a good athlete, cant extend his range, aminu probably a better defender and stronger. he will probably need to extend his range to 3 pt land for the clippers because of griffin and kaman already take up alot of space down low.

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If anyone remembers, I

If anyone remembers, I didn't like Aminu at all as a freshman. But he's improved his handle and shooting from his freshman season. He can make mid-range shots with decent consistency. He's always been an elite rebounder on the wing, and a mismatch threat offensively.I also think he'll be a great defender in the NBA, and he should get alot of blocks and steals. He's very similar to Josh Smith, especially at the same stage. It would be an added bonus if Aminu developed into the same type of passer Josh has.

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Strengths: Exceptional

Strengths:
Exceptional athlete who thrives in the open floor
Terrific off the bounce when attacking the basket
Great ball-handler
Dangerous along the baseline
Leaping ability
Improved free throw shooter which will be at important at the next level due to his slashing ability
Very active on the glass
Length makes him an effective defender
Good strength ready for the next level

Weaknesses:
Poor outside shooter
Plays a little out of control at times especially in one-on-one situations
Can be a much stronger finisher at the rim rather trying to make the fancy acrobatic-like shot
Needs to sharpen up his defensive skills
Too often finds himself in foul trouble

Summary: Aminu is a well-rounded small forward who has yet to come close in reaching his full potential as a basketball player. For a player his with his size and strength, his all-around skill set is outstanding. Many people were surprised he chose to return to school after his freshman year as he almost certainly would have been a lottery pick which he will certainly be this year.

Player Comparison: Antwan Jamison. Like Jamison, Aminu is a very talented player especially on the offensive end. Both can play small forward and power forward. Can develop his range better. Has the potential to be average on the defensive end.

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might want to site that next time. thats from walterfootball.com except you just changed the comparison: they have marvin williams and u have jamison. also u said he has the potential to be average on defense and they said to be very good on defense. the original is way better.

http://walterfootball.com/nbascoutingreport2010aaminu.php

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my bad forgot to write my site... i changed comparisson cuz i dont like the marvin williams one, i think he can be even better than him

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Al-Farooq Aminu
Aminu still reminds me a bit of Luol Deng NOT Marvin Williams...
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I hope he'll end to the clipps...
19 YO...UPSIDE....Johnson's 3 years older.
U speak about combo, think it's a good fit with griffin cause griffin plays like a combo too at times, he handles, he shoots, he passes, high IQ, the duo brings good mismatches, strong rebounding, plus u have a real C in the middle(and a back up with athleticsim).
The team doesn't need an offensive threat, u got an offensive C, Griffin will be a 20-10 guy, gordon can scores when he wants, when he can, B-diddy can scores, u got a strong bench, so he has time to develop offensively, competes-hustles first.
They're definitly the type of players B-diddy needs to play his game...uses the strengths of the players u got, comon' u got Gordon-B-diddy-griffin, push the tempo...it will be fun to watch.

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He actually reminds me of

He actually reminds me of Darius Miles, prior to Darius Miles developing into Darius Miles.

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Darius Miles had better

Darius Miles had better handles and shot-creating ability....And he was a much worse defender. But they both have/had near freakish athleticism and long builds.

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