In June of 2019, Al-Farouq Aminu signed a three-year agreement with the Orlando Magic. Unfortunately, injuries eventually cut his season short. Aminu started the season by providing major minutes off the bench. He made his Magic debut on Oct. 23, opening night, by posting five points, seven rebounds, one three-pointer and one steal over 29 minutes off the bench during a home win over Cleveland. On Nov. 5, the scrappy forward scored a season-high 13 points, and added five boards and two steals, during a loss at Oklahoma City. On Nov. 15, he registered his first double-double with the Magic via 13 points and 13 rebounds during a home win over the Spurs. But things turned bad on Dec. 1 when Aminu was diagnosed with a torn meniscus and was sidelined indefinitely. After some attempts at non-operative rehab, Aminu underwent successful surgery on Jan. 7 to repair his right knee. The Magic then applied for a Disability Player Exception for Aminu, which implied the team expects Aminu to miss the remainder of the season. For the 2019-20 season, Aminu averaged 4.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.5 three-pointers over 21 minutes in 18 games.2018
Long known for his defensive prowess, Al-Farouq Aminu has carved out a pretty solid offensive role in recent years. In his ninth NBA campaign, the 6-foot-8 forward started over 80 games for the second time in his career, both coming in the last four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 43.3 percent shooting. While those numbers didn't set new career highs, they were among the best that Aminu has posted in a single season. The former Wake Forest standout scored 20 or more points four times and recorded 12 double-doubles, both were new single-season personal records. Aminu also set a new career best with a 51.4 effective field goal percentage. He nailed his 3.5 three-point attempts at a decent 34.3 percent clip. His role then diminished in the playoffs. Despite starting all 16 postseason contests, he averaged just 7.4 points and 6.3 rebounds while making 34.9 percent of his field goal attempts.2017
The 2017-18 season marked Aminu's third in Portland. He started 67 of the 69 games he played for the Blazers. In those 69 games, Portland posted an impressive 40-29 record. Aminu averaged 9.3 points -- the second-highest total of his career -- to go along with 1.2 assists and 1.7 combined steals-plus-blocks. Aminu also averaged a career-best 7.6 rebounds in 30.0 minutes. He posted 18 games with 10 or more boards and two contests in which he pulled down 15 or more rebounds. One of his best performances of the year came in Portland's second game of the season. On October 20 against Indiana, Aminu finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. He also added a pair of threes. It was one of his nine double-doubles.2016
Coming off the best statistical year of his career, Aminu was asked to spend more time at power forward in his sixth NBA season following the acquisition of Evan Turner. Aminu started the first eight games of the season but suffered a calf strain that forced him to sit out the next 13. He returned Dec. 5 for three games off the bench, but battled a back contusion that led to inconsistent playing time and five more missed games. Aminu was back in the starting five by Dec. 21, averaging 8.3 points and 7.6 rebounds over the next 14 games. On Jan. 20, however, coach Terry Stotts shook up the starting five with the Blazers slumping, and Aminu would only start two more games the rest of the season. He still made the most of his time as a reserve, matching his season high with 14 rebounds Feb. 13 against the Hawks. Aminu also had a season-high 26 points Feb. 9 against Boston -- one of three 20-point efforts on the season. While there were some rough patches, Aminu ended up with the second highest regular-season scoring average of his career (8.7 ppg). The Blazers earned the eight-seed in the Western Conference with a record of 41-41 but were swept Golden State in Round 1. Aminu played 23 or more minutes in each of those four games, averaging 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in the series.2015
Aminu declined the player option in his contract in favor of testing free agency, and he ultimately signed a four-year deal with Portland on June 30. The new destination allowed Aminu to earn a starting spot, and after battling a hamstring injury in the preseason, he made his Trail Blazers debut Oct. 28. He recorded nine points and eight rebounds in that contest, but he put up his first double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) against Phoenix the very next night. Typically known for his defense and rebounding, Aminu's offensive game got a chance to shine with Portland. This facet of his play started to emerge later in the season when he matched his career high with 20 points against the Sixers on March 26, but that mark didn't last long. Two games later, he put up 28 points (11-19 FG) against the Celtics, and four games after that, scored 27 (10-17 FG) against the Thunder. Aminu carried his starting role into the postseason, recording a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in Game 1 against the Clippers in the opening round. The Blazers lost the first two games of that series but ended up winning the next four, a stretch which included a 30-point effort from Aminu in Game 4. The Blazers fell to the Warriors in the next round, but Aminu averaged 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in the five-game series. The 2015-16 campaign proved to be Aminu's best season to date, as he started all 82 games and put up a career-best 10.2 PPG scoring average.2014
Attracted by his rebounding ability and defensive prowess, the Mavericks brought in Aminu on a one-year deal in July. The team already had Dirk Nowitzki at power forward and signed small forward Chandler Parsons as well, leaving Aminu to contribute primarily in a reserve capacity. He was scoreless in his Mavericks debut Oct. 28 but came alive the very next game, posting 16 points and 10 rebounds against the Jazz. Aminu made his first of three starts on the season Nov. 29 against the Sixers, recording six points and three rebounds. He persevered primarily as a bench player from there and was even a healthy scratch four times in December. Aminu was eventually able to get back on track and log some noteworthy performances. On Jan. 28 against the Rockets, he recorded a career-high six blocks. On Feb. 22 against Charlotte, Aminu had his best game of the year with 17 points (6-11 FG) and 12 rebounds. He had another 12-rebound effort two games later. Playing on the Mavericks also allowed Aminu to get his first taste of postseason action. He appeared in all five games of the opening-round series against Houston, even starting the last two. Aminu's playoff averages were superior to the marks he put up during the regular season, as the fifth-year player put up 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in the series.2013
In July of 2013, Aminu signed a one-year agreement to return to New Orleans. It was his third season in the Big Easy and his fourth in the Association. The Wake Forest product appeared in 80 games for the newly-named Pelicans, with a career-high 65 starts. On Dec. 4, Aminu had arguably his best game of the season with a 20-rebound, 16-point effort against the Mavericks. On Jan. 29, the blue-collar forward double-doubled with 18 points, 12 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in a loss at Minnesota. On Mar. 19, he delivered a season-high 19 points, plus 10 rebounds, in a home loss to the Raptors. He finished the season with five double-doubles and ten games with 10 or more rebounds. Aminu improved his efficiency relative to his three prior seasons. He had his best effective field-goal percentage to date (.496), as well as career best offensive and defensive ratings per 100 possessions. He ended the season with per-game averages of 7.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal per contest. For the Pelicans, he ranked second in total rebounds (496), behind Anthony Davis.2012
Aminu entered camp with the Hornets in a heated competition with Ryan Anderson and Darius Miller for the starting small forward spot. He ended up winning that battle, and matched registered 17 points, seven boards, three assists, three blocks and two steals in the Oct. 31 season opener against the Spurs. Three games later, Aminu had his season's first double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds. He started 21 of New Orleans' first 23 games. He regained his starting spot on Jan. 5 and never looked back. He had a season high with 18 points on Jan. 16 against Boston, plus added nine boards and a pair of steals. In the regular season finale at Dallas, he collected a career-high 20 rebounds to go with 16 points. Aminu's second year with the Hornets and third in the Association proved to be his most productive, as he set per-game career highs in points (7.3), rebounds (7.7), assists (1.4), steals (1.2) and blocks (0.7).2011
Before the lockout-shorted 2011-12 season, Aminu was traded from the Clippers to the New Orleans Hornets on Dec. 11 as part of the mega-deal that sent Chris Paul to Los Angeles. Aminu made his Hornets debut on Dec. 26 and grabbed four rebounds. While he started off as a reserve, Aminu made his first start with New Orleans on Feb. 4 when Trevor Ariza was sidelined with a groin injury. He started five January games as a result, recording his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds Jan. 7 against Dallas. Aminu's role fluctuated through season, but he was back in the starting lineup by April. He set a new career high with 17 points on Apr. 19 and finished the year by scoring double figures in three of his last four games. Aminu wound up playing in all 66 games for the Hornets, with 21 starts, and averaged 6.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 0.9 steals over 22.4 minutes per contest.2010
Aminu was selected by the Clippers in the first round (8th pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft and appeared in 81 games for Los Angeles. He made his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 27, with a brief 39 second appearance during a home loss to the Trail Blazers. It didn't take long for Aminu to get into rhythm, however, as he posted a season-best 20 points Nov. 9 against New Orleans. Two games later, he made his first career start on Nov. 12 and posted six points, five rebounds and two steals in a home loss to the Pistons. That was the first of a 15-game stretch over which Aminu started 14 games and averaged 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 made three pointers per game. He ultimately lost that starting spot, but was still a steady role player, averaging 17.9 minutes per game. He also finished top-6 on the team in both blocks (25) and steals (59).
June 24, 2010Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft and signed a rookie contract shortly therafter.
December 14, 2011Traded by the Los Angeles Clippers with Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and a 2012 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, cash and a 2015 2nd round draft pick.
July 1, 2014Signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
July 29, 2014Signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks, but declined his player option for the following season.
July 9, 2015Signed a four-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
July 6, 2019Signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the Orlando Magic.