The New Orleans Hornets and success have been somewhat antonymous for most of the 2012-2013 NBA season. The Hornets have just a 23-46 record this season, tied for the worst mark in the Western Conference. Though it’s been rough year for them, one of the positives that has come out of this season is the play of Al-Farouq Aminu.
Aminu is in his third year in the league and in his second year with the Hornets. Last year for the Hornets Aminu played 22.4 minutes per game and averaged six points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 41.1 percent from the field. Aminu was still a young player, but his performance from last season was largely unimpressive.
This season, though, Aminu has emerged as a quality player, starting 58 of the 63 games that he’s played in this season for the Hornets. In those games he is playing 27.1 minutes and averaging 7.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. Not only have his numbers improved across the board, but so has his efficiency as he’s shooting 46.6 percent from the floor this season.
Aminu isn’t the type of player that affects the game heavily on the offensive end of the floor. He’s athletic and has decent touch around the rim, but he’s not a prototypical scorer in any way. However, Aminu is the type of player that is going to hustle on every single play, play tenacious and stifling defense, and fill up the box score in most categories. It may not be an All-Star worthy performance, but Aminu has shown a great deal of promise for the Hornets this season.