The New Orleans Hornets are starting to reap the benefits of Al-Farouq Aminu, and that’s one reason why they’re performing at a higher level than many people thought they would.
Aminu started off his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, getting selected eighth overall in the 2010 NBA draft. In his rookie year with the Clippers, he averaged 17.9 minutes per game, averaging 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in those limited minutes. Despite not playing a lot, you could tell there was a lot of potential that came with Aminu.
Then, the famous Chris Paul trade happened, and Aminu was shipped off to the Hornets, where he’s assumed a much bigger role. The forward still had to work for his minutes in his first season in New Orleans, as he averaged 22.4 minutes, 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds.
This year, though, it seems everything has changed and that Aminu has become a legitimate part of this rotation. He’s averaging 32.3 minutes per game and is definitely making the most of his court time. On the season he’s averaging 11.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals a contest, while shooting 50.0 percent overall from the field.
Aminu should continue to get plenty of playing time, even when Anthony Davis returns to the lineup. The only other true small forward on the roster is Darius Miller, while Davis and Ryan Anderson are going to be sharing most of the minutes at the four.
That means Aminu will get continued chances at showcasing what he can do in the association. So far so good, as he’s contributing not only offensively but also defensively and on the boards.
The Hornets may be one team you want to consider going forward. They’re only going to get better and better as they mature and blend, so watch out.