2013 NBA Free Agency: New Orleans Pelicans Must Re-Sign Al-Farouq Aminu

By Ryan Heckman
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The future looks bright for the New Orleans Pelicans. They have the number six overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, a young and on-the-rise center in Anthony Davis and another talented sophomore in Austin Rivers. They are young – and will get even younger via the Draft – but with time and a few pieces they could be a force in the Western Conference.

One of the top priorities this offseason for the Pelicans must be bringing back forward Al-Farouq Aminu, assuming he doesn’t attract a more lucrative deal elsewhere. At only 22 years old, Aminu has a long and promising career in front of him wherever he winds up. The product out of Wake Forest has a huge upside and has shown much promise in his young career.

Last season with New Orleans, Aminu averaged 7.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals in just over 27 minutes per game. What is most impressive is his PER of 13.73, a number with potential to rise in the future.

Again, with being so young and already averaging a healthy stat line, Aminu has a relatively high ceiling.

 Imagine if Aminu was given a bit more of a green light, or encouraged, to take a few more shots every game. He only shot the ball six times per contest, and on nearly 48 percent shooting I would want that guy being more assertive if it was my call.

The Pelicans are most likely going to go big with their first draft pick – in my opinion they will wind up taking Anthony Bennett out of UNLV – and it will be imperative that they lock up Aminu as a regular rotation player on the wing and in the post.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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