|Draft:||First Round, 8th overall|
|Drafted By:||L.A. Clippers|
|NBA Career:||2010 - present|
|Mavs Tenure:||2014 - 2015|
Al-Farouq Aminu (born September 21, 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on July 29, 2014.
Aminu led Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia, to back-to-back 5A state titles in 2007 and 2008. He was selected a McDonald's All-American and was the number seven ranked high school player in the nation coming out in 2008.
He chose to attend Wake Forest and made an immediate impact when, as a freshman, he averaged 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds in 31 games while being named a unanimous selection to the Atlantic Coast Conference's All-Freshman Team.
His numbers rose as a sophomore as Aminu posted averages of 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds and was selected to the All-ACC second team. Following the season he announced he would forego his final two years at Wake Forest and declared himself eligible for the upcoming NBA draft.
The 6'9 forward was taken in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Playing in 81 games that season, he averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds and enjoyed his current career-high in points with 20 to go along with eight boards in only his eighth career game against New Orleans.
Aminu was on the move on December 14, 2011 as the Clippers sent him, along with Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon and a 2012 first round draft pick to New Orleans for guard Chris Paul and two future second round draft picks.
He spend three seasons in The Big Easy posting solid, if unspectacular, numbers. His best year was 2012-2013 when he had 7.3 points and 7.7 rebounds over 76 games. Ironically, two of his best games came against his future team, the Dallas Mavericks, scoring 16 points and grabbing 20 rebounds on both April 17, 2013 and December 4, 2013.
Ironic, simply because Aminu would sign a free agent contract with Dallas on July 29, 2014.
He played one season in Big D, appearing in 74 games (18.5 minutes) and averaging 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds. Following the season, Aminu signed a free agent contract with the Portland Trailblazers.
He had the honor of playing for the Nigerian national team in the 2012 Olympic Games.