Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu
29-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 6/15/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Aminu landed with the Magic on a three-year, $29 million deal after spending the last four seasons with the Trail Blazers. The forward averaged 9.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 threes across 28.3 minutes, making 81 starts. Aminu is a solid defender and rebounder who can hit a three when needed, though he's far from a knockdown shooter. He won't start at power forward, with that spot locked up by Aaron Gordon, though Aminu could push Jonathan Isaac for the starting small forward gig. Regardless of his status as a starter, minutes in the mid-to-high 20s seem like a reasonable expectation as he could be the first man off the bench. Aminu's projected minutes and quality rebounding and defense give him a steady fantasy floor, though his upside is limited on an offense led by Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $29.16 million contract with the Magic in July of 2019. Contract includes $10.18 million player option for 2021-22.
Personal Bio

Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu was born in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the descendant of Nigerian kings. His name, "Al-Farouq" means "the chief has arrived." He is the son of Aboubakar and Anjirlic Aminu. Al-Farouq has two brothers. His older brother, Alade, played in the D-League and had a brief stint with the Miami Heat in 2010. Aminu started his high school experience at Wesleyan School in Peachtree, Georgia. After his freshman year, Aminu transferred to nearby Norcross High School. During his junior and senior seasons, Aminu led Norcross to back-to-back Georgia 5A state titles in 2007 and 2008. Aminu attended college at Wake Forest. Since 2016, Aminu and his wife Helina Tekeste Aminu have led the Aminu Good Works Foundation, which organizes yearly basketball camps in Ibadan, Nigeria. While with the Trail Blazers, Aminu received the 2016-17 Maurice Lucas Award for his contributions on the court and in the community. Fans can follow Aminu on Twitter @farouq1 and on Instagram @chiefhasarrived.

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Aminu was named to the 2008-09 ACC All-Freshman team after averaging 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds in his first year at Wake Forest. He remained productive in his sophomore year, getting designated as an All-American honorable mention in 2009-10. Aminu was the only player in the Atlantic Coast Conference who averaged a double-double that season, posting 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Along with leading the team in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore, he paced the Demon Deacons in blocks (44) and free throws made (139). Furthermore, he helped lead Wake Forest to both the 2009 and 2010 NCAA tournaments. Aminu declared for the 2010 NBA Draft and was chosen in the first round (eighth overall pick) by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Could return in delayed season
FOrlando Magic
Knee
March 16, 2020
Aminu (knee) could be a candidate to return to action this season if the NBA resumes play in mid-June or later, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Aminu hasn't played since Nov. 29 after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery just over a month later following an unsuccessful rest-and-rehab program. Later in January, the Magic were granted a displayed player exception for Aminu, indicating that the NBA agreed the forward was unlikely to return to action prior to June 15. While that timeline would normally rule Aminu out through the start of the NBA Finals, the league's decision to suspend its season indefinitely could leave the door open for him to play again in 2019-20. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, owners and executives around the league view mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario for the NBA to resume action. Considering that Aminu had previously stated that he expected to be ready to compete for Nigeria in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in late July, he may have a legitimate shot at being cleared to play for the Magic this summer. Robbins relays that Aminu is progressing well in his recovery and is no longer sporting a stabilizing brace on his right knee.
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2017

Aminu continued to provide invaluable, unheralded work in his third season in Portland. He started 67 of his 69 games played for the Blazers. In those 69 games, Portland posted an impressive 40-29 record. Aminu averaged 9.3 points - the second highest total of his career - to go along with 1.2 assists and 1.7 steals/blocks. All those numbers are impressive, but the former Wake Forest product does his best work on the glass. Aminu is fresh off a campaign in which he averaged a career-best 7.6 rebounds in 30.0 minutes. He posted 18 games with 10 or more boards and two contests in which he pulled down 15 or more rebounds. His best performance of the year came in Portland's second game of the season. On October 20 against Indiana, Aminu finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. He added a pair of threes for good measure.

2018

Long known for his defensive prowess, Al-Farouq Aminu has carved out a pretty solid offensive role in recent years. In his ninth NBA campaign, the 6-foot-8 forward started over 80 games for the second time in his career, both coming in the last four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 43.3 percent shooting. While those numbers didn't set new career highs, they were among the best that Aminu has posted in a single season. The former Wake Forest standout scored 20 or more points four times and recorded 12 double-doubles, both were new single-season personal records. Aminu also set a new career best with a 51.4 effective field goal percentage. He nailed his 3.5 three-point attempts at a decent 34.3 percent clip. His role then diminished in the playoffs. Despite starting all 16 postseason contests, he averaged just 7.4 points and 6.3 rebounds while making 34.9 percent of his field goal attempts.

2019

In June of 2019, Al-Farouq Aminu signed a three-year agreement with the Orlando Magic. Unfortunately, injuries eventually cut his season short. Aminu started the season by providing major minutes off the bench. He made his Magic debut on Oct. 23, opening night, by posting five points, seven rebounds, one three-pointer and one steal over 29 minutes off the bench during a home win over Cleveland. On Nov. 5, the scrappy forward scored a season-high 13 points, and added five boards and two steals, during a loss at Oklahoma City. On Nov. 15, he registered his first double-double with the Magic via 13 points and 13 rebounds during a home win over the Spurs. But things turned bad on Dec. 1 when Aminu was diagnosed with a torn meniscus and was sidelined indefinitely. After some attempts at non-operative rehab, Aminu underwent successful surgery on Jan. 7 to repair his right knee. The Magic then applied for a Disability Player Exception for Aminu, which implied the team expects Aminu to miss the remainder of the season. For the 2019-20 season, Aminu averaged 4.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.5 three-pointers over 21 minutes in 18 games.

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Transaction History
  • June 24, 2010
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft and signed a rookie contract shortly therafter.
  • December 14, 2011
    Traded by the Los Angeles Clippers with Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and a 2012 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, cash and a 2015 2nd round draft pick.
  • July 1, 2014
    Signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • July 29, 2014
    Signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks, but declined his player option for the following season.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a four-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the Orlando Magic.
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Aminu ended up starting 67 out of 69 games last season, averaging 9.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals across a career-high 30 minutes per contest. While the 27-year-old did see a slight improvement in his three-point accuracy (36.9 percent, up from 2016-17’s 32.9 percent), his overall shooting success rate disappointingly remained under 40.0 percent for the second straight season. Aminu exceeded 47.0 percent in two straight seasons during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns, so the downturn is concerning to an extent. On the plus side, Aminu’s work on the glass was superior, with his rebounding figure checking in as the second highest of his career. Looking ahead to the coming season, Aminu projects for a similar workload, although 2017 first-round pick Caleb Swanigan could certainly push for significantly more time than the 7.0 minutes he averaged during his rookie campaign. Aminu still projects as the fourth scoring option on the Blazers’ offense, but his all-around production and relatively secure role keeps his Fantasy stock steady heading into the 2018-19 season.
A lingering calf injury was the main reason Aminu played just 61 games this past season, marking a career-low for the 26-year-old power forward. However, even when he was healthy, he wasn't at his best and started just 25 games compared to all 82 contests a year prior. His field goal and three-point percentage fell from 41.6 and 36.1 percent, respectively, to just 39.2 and 32.9. That resulted in just 8.7 points per game, which he complemented with 7.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.1 three-pointers across 29.1 minutes. Looking ahead to the 2017-18 campaign, Aminu will likely battle with Moe Harkless for rights to the starting power forward role. Harkless is currently the favorite, but he also spends a lot of time at small forward, which should allow Aminu plenty of run at the position even if he comes off the bench. Guys like Noah Vonleh and Caleb Swanigan could cut into Aminu's minutes, but a relatively similar role is likely realistic. That said, if Aminu does receive a 30-minute workload yet again, that could present a bounce-back opportunity, especially if he can become a bigger three-point threat in addition to his strengths as a rebounder and defender.
Signed to a modest four-year, $30 million contract last summer, Aminu proved to be a nice value buy for the Trail Blazers, even though his scoring was frequently volatile. Aminu was able to settle into a full-time role on the top unit in his first year in Portland, starting all 82 games and setting per-game career highs in points (10.2), assists (1.7), three-pointers (1.5) and minutes (28.5), while also offering a helpful 6.1 boards and 0.9 steals per game. After bagging only 109 total three-pointers and hitting them at a sub-30 percent clip over the first five seasons of his career, Aminu's emergence as a threat from distance was the most surprising development, as he knocked down 126 treys at a respectable 36.1 percent clip. Aminu's improved three-point shot may be a major reason why Blazers management has indicated that the 26-year-old, after serving as a small forward for most of 2015-16, will likely see most of his time at power forward during the upcoming campaign. At 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, Aminu possesses the physique to match up with bigger power forwards, while his newly discovered shooting skills will allow the Blazers to space the floor and deploy smaller lineups with confidence. If the Blazers commit to the plan to use Aminu at power forward, he could see his rebound rate spike, since he'd be on the floor less frequently with two traditional big men.
Only five years into his career, Aminu has been traded once and tested the free-agent waters three times, including one season with the Mavericks in 2014-15. Arriving with small forward Chandler Parsons, Aminu didn't record most of his minutes at the three for the first time, instead earning an even split between small and power forward (46 percent apiece). Aminu's workload withstood wild swings throughout the campaign, with December serving as the nadir (12 minutes per game, while taking the court in 11 of 15 outings). However, Parsons' battle with ankle and knee issues after the All-Star break improved Aminu's stock, especially in April, when he averaged eight points (on 40 percent shooting), 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 27 minutes across eight outings. After Parsons was ruled out for the postseason prior to Game 3 of the Mavericks' first-round series versus the Rockets, Aminu put together what was likely the most stat-laden, three-game stretch of his career (15.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 2.0 three-pointers, and 1.0 block in 36 minute per game). Upon moving on to Portland, the career 29-percent shooter from three-point range isn't a candidate to sustain such output from deep, but with no established presence at small forward, Aminu has ample opportunity to continue to contribute across the board.
Al-Farouq Aminu is entering his fifth season in the NBA after signing with Dallas in the offseason. He averaged 7.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 27 minutes per game last season with the Pelicans. Aminu played in 80 games during his third and final season with New Orleans while shooting 47 percent from the field on 6.2 attempts per game and 66 percent from the free-throw line on 1.7 attempts per game. He has never lived up to the hype that surrounded him when the Clippers selected him with the eighth-overall pick. However, he's made a name for himself as a versatile defender with a knack for rebounding. Coach Rick Carlisle likes to have a defensive specialist on hand and could turn to Aminu frequently in the competitive Western Conference. He's never been a great shooter, but he won't be asked to carry much weight on offense for a deep Dallas team. At 23 years old, Aminu is still young enough to carve out a niche for himself in the league, but his game doesn't necessarily translate over to the fantasy realm well.
The Pelicans are relying on Aminu to hold down the small forward spot on a team that has playoff aspirations this year, and he appears to have the talent to not disappoint. He has seen his minutes per game average increase by roughly five minutes per game in his last two seasons, getting 27 mpg in 2012-13. If he were to see a slight bump this season, the results could be fantastic for fantasy owners, as his per-36 minutes averages from last season were 9.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals. Aminu is another good dark horse candidate to lead small forwards in rebounds per game, especially since the Pelicans may be going small this year, with Anthony Davis moving to center and Ryan Anderson playing a stretch four, which would leave plenty of rebounds for the 6-9 Aminu. Other than rebounding, perhaps the biggest improvement Aminu made from his second season to his third was shooting efficiency. In 2011-12, Aminu shot 41 percent from the field on 5.5 attempts per game, but last season he made 47.5 percent of his 6.2 shots per contest. He is average-to-above average in field-goal percentage, rebounding, steals and blocks, and he is below average everywhere else, so he makes for a nice option at the back end of drafts if your team has inverse strengths and weaknesses.
Acquired last season, Aminu remains after the team decided to part ways with Quincy Pondexter. Aminu is coming off of a subpar year where he averaged 6.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and over 22 minutes a game – all higher numbers than his rookie year. Aminu played in every game last year, and earned more minutes and a slew of starts. With Anderson in town, Aminu will likely be relegated to the bench, but his familiarity of the system and a heavy rotation being used should see Aminu getting his playing time. In deeper leagues he may be valuable - if he takes a leap forward this year.
The newly-acquired Aminu enters New Orleans in a position battle with Quincy Pondexter for the backup small forward role. Aminu is coming off a productive rookie year where he averaged 5.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and over 17 minutes a game – all higher numbers in respect to Pondexter’s. Aminu also comes in more highly touted, being a top-10 pick a year ago. What Aminu has working against him is that he plays the same role as a fellow “young gun” and will be coming in without much of an offseason program with the Hornets. The likely situation will have Aminu being cycled into more athletic and smaller lineups.
Aminu is the team’s small forward of the future, but his game is too unpolished for him to be asked to play meaningful minutes in the NBA this season. We could see him earn extended minutes in the second half of the season if coach Vinny Del Negro falls out of love with Ryan Gomes and the team is struggling to contend for a playoff spot.
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Likely done for season
FOrlando Magic
Knee
January 10, 2020
The Magic recently applied for a Disabled Player Exception for Aminu (knee), implying the team projects him to miss the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Out indefinitely following surgery
FOrlando Magic
Knee
January 8, 2020
Aminu (knee) underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be reevaluated in approximately 12 weeks, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Suffers setback with knee
FOrlando Magic
Knee
December 27, 2019
Aminu (knee) had a setback at Thursday's practice and will be reevaluated, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
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Won't undergo surgery
FOrlando Magic
Knee
December 11, 2019
Aminu will not undergo surgery for his torn meniscus, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports. He will be treated with a non-operative procedure and remains without an official timetable for a return.
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Out with torn meniscus
FOrlando Magic
Knee
December 1, 2019
Aminu was diagnosed with a torn meniscus Sunday and will be sidelined indefinitely, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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