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NBA Los Angeles Lakers

Al-Farouq Aminu Would Upgrade Los Angeles Lakers’ Defense

Chris Humphreys - USA TODAY Sports

Chris Humphreys – USA TODAY Sports

Al-Farouq Aminu played his first season in Los Angeles, but was quickly traded away as a piece in the Chris Paul trade. He is young and extremely athletic, two qualities that the Los Angeles Lakers lack on their roster. More importantly, he is an excellent defender who would instantly upgrade the team’s defense. His lack of great production means that he will not be an extremely expensive player and should be in the organization’s price range.

Aminu is a very good defender who can guard a number of positions. The team has lacked a consistent lockdown defender on the perimeter and needs a player with Aminu’s athleticism. He can be called upon to guard the opposing team’s top player as well as provide help to the older players on the team. His versatility would give the Lakers options on defense and allow them to hide certain players. He is also a talented rebounder and will help limit the amount of second-chance opportunities for opponents.

Aminu is extremely unpolished on the offensive side of the court, limited by his lack of outside shooting. He is still very young though, and has plenty of time to improve on it. He is a good slasher and can finish over players, leading to game-changing moments.

Aminu might not be the home run signing that the Lakers want, but he is a valuable piece that can help the team win games. As a young player, he has a lot of room to grow and will benefit from playing with veterans such as Steve Nash. His athleticism would significantly improve the team’s defense, and would give the Lakers a lockdown defender.