Posts Tagged ‘Al Farouq Aminu’

Pictures don’t lie…right?

by Zettler Clay

Well, well, well. The ghost of Kendrick Perkins reared its head tri-fold yesterday, when the Chris Paul-to-Los Angeles Clippers trade became official after Chris Kaman passed his physical. It seems to me that these three guys are stoked.

This guy on the other hand, looks downright despondent. God help him.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 1 Wake Forest vs. No. 4 Memphis

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We move now to the East region, with No. 1 seed Wake Forest taking on Memphis, fresh off a win over Marquette in last week’s play-in game.


Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Chris Paul, Hornets: 21.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 3.3 steals
Josh Howard, Wizards: 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.5 steals
Tim Duncan, Spurs: 22.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.3 blocks, 1.2 steals
Al-Farouq Aminu, Clippers: 15.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.0 steals
James Johnson, Raptors: 15.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.9 blocks, 2.4 steals

Missed the cut: Darius Songaila, Sixers; Jeff Teague, Hawks; Ish Smith, Grizzlies

Team synopsis: Wake Forest may not seem like much, but they do have the best point guard in the NBA and the greatest power forward of all time, which makes them pretty dangerous no matter who else is on the court. Howard may not be the All-Star he was in Dallas, but he can still be pretty dangerous. Aminu and Johnson are youngsters with talent who don’t get a ton of minutes, but their per-48 stats suggest that could change down the road.


Nice threads, rook

by Micah Hart

The season has only just begun, but the rookie hazing is already in midseason form. Here are Clippers rookies Willie Warren and Eric Bledsoe on their way into Staples Center last night before the Clippers-Blazers opener, looking either like a lounge-act version of Boys II Men or Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne.

At least Warren and Bledsoe were able to smile about it — it could have been worse.

They could have been teammate and fellow rookie Al-Farouq Aminu (right), who looks about as miserable as one would expect to be in a get-up like that. I mean, look at his glasses (zing!).

Fortunately, their wardrobes will forever be forgotten thanks to their rookie classmate (technically speaking, since last night was his NBA debut) Blake Griffin.

Zach Lowe of SI’s new Point Forward blog did some digging, and discovered that only five other No. 1 picks since 1986 have debuted with a double-double:

Dwight Howard: 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks in 38 minutes.

Tim Duncan: 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 10 rebounds in 35 minutes.

Shaquille O’Neal: 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, 18 rebounds, 8 turnovers in 32 minutes. (He fouled out.)

Derrick Coleman: 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting, 12 rebounds in 25 minutes.

David Robinson: 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting (and 11-of-14 at the line), 17 rebounds, 3 blocks in 34 minutes.

Pretty good company for the Clippers’ shiniest new toy.

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