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Would you rather have AFA or Evan Turner?
Look, I am as excited about Aminu as anyone, but it is because of his improved defense. His rotations are spot on, his energy is sky high and he is contesting everything.
But I don't expect the offensive evolution to be sustainable. He is 17 of 18 at the rim (layups and dunks) but 2-14 everywhere else. Couple that with a turnover percentage that is sky high (19.2%- he led the league last year, and that was at 17%) and I think we should slow down a bit. Teams will get word in their scouting reports and lock in on him in transition. Beyond that, the playoffs are a half court game and he is still a poor half court player offensively.
As I said, though, the improvement defensively is fantastic and there is no reason to believe thatis a fluke. In fact, I expect it to get even better as the season goes on.
Long-term, if he keeps up this defensive intensity, a frontcourt involving Aminu and Davis is absurdly long, athletic, and difficult to shoot over. I'm excited to watch this team as they get more comfortable playing defense together.
Aminu has been playing hard and running the floor with bursts of energy.i still want him to further develop his "put it on the floor game" and get to the lane/rim off the dribble.
a- 9 of his pts per game come off the fast break (67% of his scoring)
b-90% of his total pts are in the paint.
c- his defense has moments of improvement but,still has room to grow as he allows 12 pts per game in his match ups.
I like how he is changing ends of the floor and giving effort etc in a THREE GAME body of work.Consistency and improvement is what I will measure. So far a nice 3 game start...lets monitor the defensive improvement and continued offensive play.
Be careful as you observe and evaluate players,a few bright moments should not cloud the need to string several good moments together. Effort must = results.
the way it should work is we do not wait till the end of the year. time after time players say lack of communication was the problem in these situations.
not renewing has nothing to do with it. miller's prescence has nothing to do with it. young dude's rarely get it guys. monty has known the WHOLE DANG TIME.
the guy (monty)can develop talent. its just that the g.m.'s and fans of the world wanna declare bust way too early.
a lot of guys only learn via experience mixed with a special organ connected to their arse that connects to the bench. the formula has worked thus far. aminu will average 13.0 and 6.5 boards this year at least
His biggest improvement this season has been his ability to control his athleticism, IMO. Last year, every time he went up in the air he would stumble and not be able to finish. This year, it's been the opposite, both on offense and defense. Once he develops a shot, if he can, he's gonna be a great double threat. Worst case scenario, he's an elite defender and an average offensive player.
Ok, someone skilled in photoshop/editing needs to make a 'sig' with Al-Farouq's face in place of Will Smith's in a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air photo. And over Bel-Air, have it say 'Nigeria.' It'll be golden, for real.
He's balling he's really showing me something this year.
For those lamenting us not picking up Aminu's option, they are missing the bigger picture. We declined both options to allow us to go after the BIG FISH in the offseason.
a couple things to straighten out
1) aminu will be an unrestricted free agent, not a restricted one
2)we won't have a MLE since we will be under the cap
For instance, if we were at $57 million and the cap is $58, we couldn't sign Aminu outright. However, if we use the MLE, we can go over the cap because of this exception. I believe that's how it works, but I'm not 100% on that.