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Al-Farouq Aminu - SF/PF, 6'9, 215
Portland Trail Blazers - Signed as a free agent in July 2015
       Date of birth: 09/21/1990
       Country: USA/Nigeria
     Drafted (NBA): 8th pick, 2010
     Out of: Wake Forest
  NBA Experience: 6 years
  Hand: Right





From blog:


   Sham's 2010 NBA Draft Night Recap, Part 1
2010-06-27

Pick 8: The Clippers draft Al-Farouq Aminu out of Wake Forest. A BDL commenter immediately christens him "Manesh."

THERE'S your next Shawn Marion, Jay Bilas. Not DeWesley Johnson. Manesh is hugely athletic and hugely "long," with terrific defensive ability and versatility, and prolific rebounding. Nothing about his offensive game is polished or ever seems to be done on purpose, but his athleticism and hustle create him looks that he's not too bad at finishing. And his poor jumpshot only heightens the Marion comparison.

Manesh takes to the stage in a pair of glasses best described as....turble.



Things then brighten up immeasurably when Stu Scott informs us that "Al-Farouq" translates as "the chief has arrived." And then in his interview with Mark Jones, Aminu refers to his incumbent Clippers team mates as "smart dudes." In terms of peripheral draft night frivolity, Aminu has been the pick of the night so far. But by the same token, he's also been the most questionable pick. If Aminu can find some ways to score and become more like Josh Smith, it might be all right, yet if he doesn't, the Clippers might have just picked the next Anthony Bonner in the top ten. So here's to a relentlessly good work ethic.

If that sounded harsh, consider that Jay Bilas was far blunter when he said Aminu "needs to improve his skill level." That's always a ballpunch of a comment.

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