Blazers GM Neil Olshey and coach Terry Stotts have both indicated they expect
Olshey may be dramatically overstating the effect Aminu's move to power forward would have on the Blazers' record, but there's reason to believe that he'd thrive in the sort of small-ball lineup that more and more of the league's top teams are embracing in the modern NBA. With the Blazers re-signing swingman Allen Crabbe and bringing aboard wing Evan Turner this offseason -- both on deals worth over $70 million apiece -- it's not expected that free agent Maurice Harkless will be retained, creating a natural void at power forward that Aminu is best equipped to fill of the remaining players on the roster. After hitting a solid 36.1 percent of his three-point attempts in 2015-16, Aminu certainly is capable of spacing the floor, and though slightly undersized at 6-foot-9, he's a sound enough defender to slow down opposing power forwards. From a fantasy standpoint, playing the power forward spot more often would likely enhance Aminu's rebound potential, as he'd likely play closer to the basket on defense and would frequently find himself as the Blazers' second-biggest player on the court.
Aminu compiled 16 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and two steals across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 125-121 Game 5 loss to the Warriors.
Aminu frustrated fantasy owners with his game-to-game inconsistency during the regular season, but he was a reliable secondary source of scoring for the Blazers for most of the postseason, tallying double-digit points in seven of the team's last eight playoff games. During that stretch, he averaged 16.6 points on an impressive 49.5 percent shooting from the field, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 three-pointers, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks across 34.3 minutes per game. The forward was signed to a team-friendly four-year contract extension last summer, so he should be back in the fold in a starting role in 2016-17.
Aminu continued his impressive play, knocking down at least half of his three-point attempts for the third consecutive game and collecting his fourth double-double of the postseason. The veteran forward has now made three or more three-pointers in four consecutive games and has connected on at least one long ball in 17 of his past 19 contests. He'll need to stay proficient from beyond the arc Wednesday as the Blazers fight to avoid elimination in Game 5 of the series.
Al-Farouq Aminu managed 23 points (8-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and a block over 41 minutes in Saturday's 120-108 Game 3 semifinal round victory over the Warriors.
The 25-year-old forward got hot from the floor, and was able to eclipse the 20-point mark for the second time in the postseason. Aminu has been particularly proficient from long range over the last two games, shooting 70 percent (7-for-10) from beyond the arc over that span. After a regular season where he was only able to average 10.2 points over 28.5 minutes per game, he's stepped up his offensive contributions in the playoffs, and is now averaging 17.3 points on 59 percent shooting over the first three games versus the Warriors.
Aminu came out with a lot of energy, sinking three-pointers and slamming down ferocious dunks. However, he slowed down considerably as the contest wore on, committing four turnovers in the process. Through eight playoff games, Aminu is averaging 13 points, 7.9 rebounds, two assists, and one block in 31.8 minutes.
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