Despite the declared intention of small forward
Aminu came on strong in the second half and finished the season averaging 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in about 18 minutes per game. He shot 47.4 percent from the field.
"I had a lot of growth this year," he said. "...I think I was able to show a wide range, even to myself, with my versatility. I even played (center) a little this year, and that was kind of fun. And I steadily worked on my shot and different things like that."
“I think it makes the most sense to me,” he said, per The Dallas Morning News. “You just look for a great fit. This year, I think I found one. Hopefully, I can do the same.”
Aminu averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, and shot 41.2 percent from the field this season.
Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson is hoping to bring Aminu back to Dallas next season.
“We were lucky Al chose us,” Nelson said. “With an eye on the history that we’ve had here with Rick and our development program, he certainly should opt out, and he will, as noted. We hope to be in a position to reacquire his services.”
With under six minutes remaining in a tight game, Magic forward
"I just wanted a quicker guy in there," Carlisle said. "With Aminu, you get some more options. Parsons didn't have a great night, but it happens. You're not going to get 30 points every night and sometimes your teammates got to pick you up. We had other guys step up."
"A little surprised [by Carlisle's decision], but not really," Parsons said. "We have a lot of players that can do different things. Any given night it can be someone different. The best thing is we won the game."
Parsons entered the game red hot, averaging 23.7 points over his previous three contests.
"He's probably pound for pound as good a rebounder as we have," Carlisle said of Aminu, who tied for a team-high eight rebounds in the game. "Getting him into the equation has helped us. And we got to keep preaching it, keep selling it."
Aminu played 24 minutes in his first game back on the court after missing the last two with a shoulder injury.
"My job is to come in and provide energy, rebound and play defense," Aminu said. "That's always my first goal."
Harris missed Tuesday's practice with stomach issues, while Aminu missed the last two games with a left shoulder injury.
The Mavericks are 12-point favorites.
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 24 || 25 || 26 || 27 || 28 || 29 || 30
| 31 || 1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 || 6
|Career Shooting Stats|
|More Postseason Stats|
|College Career Shooting Stats|
|More College Stats|
Mens Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki adidas Royal Blue Replica Road Jersey Shop Now!