Not really worrying about Aminu. He's no better and no worse than Ariza. And that's alright by me. We don't need him to provide more offense than he's capable of. We got Gordon, Anderson, Rivers, Smith, and Mason to do things like that.
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It's funny how people say one is "flip flopping." You don't need to wait until the season and see how Henry plays when you seen him do bad in the summer league. So what will happen if he is in a actual game. Yea some is going to say, " he's not playing with his true teammates," and all that good stuff, but when he plays against elite defenders he would look like a middle schooler. I give it to him, he improved with getting to the line and knocking down those free-throws. Not much from anything else. We shall see
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I'm not worrying about Henry either. It's not like we're counting on anything from them. The only players we need to worry about not shoting significant improvement are the guys we just drafted, Anderson, and Gordon on the health from. Whatever good we get out of Henry is langiappe.
Also, Henry will benefit from playing with Gordon and Anderson and Davis as much as Rivers will. He'll have no committed defender to him. It'll be a lil' easier for him. Also, judging from the way he shot, he's at least putting up shots better than last year already if you wanna care much about Summer League.
Stop worrying so much about our bench guys. They'll do what they do...or they won't and we'll trade them. Won't make or break our team either way.
I'll still call him X the Eliminator though, cuz it's fun. Think I'll call Roger "Free"Mason Jr...what I just called him. Maybe play Jay-Z songs whenever he hits a basket.
Ariza is the better defender, and at least capable of making a jumpshot on the offensive end. Last year, Ariza also displayed much better decision making skills. Both are pretty poor handling the ball, especially Aminu. Ariza is the better passer, though Aminu has shown to be solid in that area.
Aminu is raw, raw, raw. He's an overrated defender. People see his length and wingspan and automatically label him as a perimeter stopper. There's more to being a good defender than that, mainly technique and instinct. Additionally, Aminu has displayed countless times how much of a liability he is on the offensive end. The only above-average aspect of his game is rebounding. And even then, he is often getting rebounds off of his own missed shots.
He needs to hit the 3 with regularity (or any other jumpshot for that matter). And he does need to grow a bit more on the defensive end. Most of all, he needs to learn how to play the game of basketball. Proper spacing, better decision making, and learning how to dribble the ball would help him drastically to become a useful player, or at least a player who fits on this team.
The fact of the matter is Ariza would have been a much better fit on this team. However, due to cap reasons or the youth movement, we no longer have a starting caliber player at the 3. Hopefully Aminu shows some improvement this year. Based off his Olympics performance so far, I doubt it.
Do people even realize Aminu's PER last year? 10.68. Let's stop overrating him.
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Aminu just needs confidence and that attack mode like he had in college. I don't know about you guys but I love when players get hype and try to get the crowd hype(Vasquez). That was Aminu in college, that needs to be him with the Hornets, don't be scared, hack Lebron up, try to rise and jam on Howard. Just show confidence.
PER is a terrible indicator of a player's acutal defense because it can only factor in blocks and steals. And I said no better, no worse than Ariza. If you wanna put a number on it, Ariza gets a B+ on D. Aminu might be a B- or a C++ if you really wanna get silly.
The difference is academic but really inconsequential.
Argue lil' bitty things like who is the better passer, who rebounds better. Doesn't matter. I don't see any significant drop off from plugging Aminu where Ariza went. Plus, Aminu is a lot younger and cheaper.
Hm. I need to go back to school. Cuz I said "Put a number on it" and proceeded to give it a letter grade.
PER doesn't determine defense. I don't like PER all that much.
Among regulars last season, Aminu's defensive rating was 3rd on the team and was better than the team's overall defensive rating. He has potential to be an elite defender and is pretty good already. He's not quite as good as Ariza right now as a player, but he's a better bargain when comparing salaries.
However, he hasn't improved much offensively from last season. He cannot shoot at all and his ball-handling is a suspect which overall makes him a huge liability on the offensive end. I don't think he is guaranteed to start at SF right now and is not ready to be the short-term or long-term answer at the position until proven otherwise.
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Kid is only 21 and is raw. He is not a finished product. You guys are so impatient with the guy. Give him a chance. He has a ton of potential in terms of his size and athleticism. Not every player develops at the same rate. His numbers slightly improved pretty much across the board last year (pts, rebs, assists, percentages, etc) and he became a better defender. He is younger than Miller for crying out loud. And if the Olympics actually meant anything, teams would be lining up to give Ike Diagu a max contract, lol. And that guy A. Davis must be a flop because he can't get off the bench!
After two years, when Rivers is not scoring 20 points a game, are you going to declare him a failure?
Btw, Aminu is one of the big reasons this Clipper fan has become a big Hornets fan now. I really like th kid.
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Age means nothing and tons of people have potential. I don't see development in him. He's overrated. He defniitely looks intimidated on the court. Very timid offensively. Giving someone a chance is necessary when they show you that they deserve it. I don't think he does and I don't think that he's shown that he does. Can't compare A. Davis olympic situation to Aminu's Nigeria situation at all. Ridiculous comparison. Much more star talent on the U.S. team so that's why Davis won't start. But Nigeria? no sir. Not buying that comparison. There's no reason he shouldn't start on that team if he's halfway decent.
I'm not sure how Clipper fans are but as a Saints/Hornets fan, I stick with my team through thick and thin. Even when CP left. Can't agree with jumping to another team because a player left. Just my opinion but some fans jump from team to team like that. And if Aminu was a big reason you left.......wow...lol. Not Eric Gordon, but Aminu?
The use of the word overrated whenever any player is mentioned as being badder than someone else thinks is overrated.
The #1 team losing to an unranked team can get called overrated. An average to bad player being given a sliver of hope of doing something worth while is not overrated, it's someone grasping for a straw.
Aminu is a stopgap 3 this yr that will ultimately be traded mid or end of season. Next year's cap will be used for SF position.
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