Coach Monty Williams has told Aminu he doesn’t have to contribute the way more natural small forwards do with their teams. It will be just the opposite: His job will be to play off players with more high-level offensive games, such as shooting guard Eric Gordon and power forward Anthony Davis.
In that way, his post abilities will be an asset.
“I think (Williams) just wants me to realize what I’m doing out there,” Aminu said, “meaning, if I have someone smaller on me, of course it’s smarter just to go inside. He preaches just play basketball … and make sure I make smart plays. Don’t complicate it by making sure I’m on the inside or the outside.”
Williams is optimistic, he said, because of Aminu’s athletic ability. He said he’d like to see Aminu use it more.
“He’s one of the best athletes in the league,” Williams said. “I want to see him run more. I’d like to see him get two layups a game just by running.”
Gates said he’s trying to teach Aminu the difference between when he is open for a jump shot than when there’s an open lane to drive.
“He is literally capable of driving from the perimeter to the rim in once bounce,” Gates said.
And it appears Aminu is listening well to admonitions to attack the rim..