Aminu is battling for starters job
While New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams continues to wait, he said the starting small forward spot remains up for grabs with four games remaining before the regular-season opener Oct .31 against the San Antonio Spurs.
If Aminu sputters, Hornets rookie Darius Miller could emerge as a surprise starter. Miller, who was a teammate of No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis at Kentucky where they won a national championship last season, appears to be catching on quickly. Williams said after Tuesday’s practice that Miller, a second-round pick, has shown a lot of signs he can make plays off the dribble.
"We would like for Chief (Aminu) to take that position and say it’s mine,’’ Williams said. "We’ve got some games left to see if he can do that. Al Farouq is a guy that should know more about that position for us because he’s been in the system for a little bit. But nobody has really stepped out and dominated the competition just yet. But Darius has shown a lot of signs that he can knock down a shot and make plays off the dribble.’’
It was anticipated before the preseason began that backup power forward Ryan Anderson would shift to small forward because of his ability to extend defenses with his 3-point shooting. But Williams said he likes Anderson better at power forward.
"The more I watch those guys play, Anthony has that skill set where he can play the wing a little bit,’’ Williams said. "Ryan (Anderson) is really good at playing the four and learning those sets should be easier for him. But we don’t know, it’s still a work in progress.’’