DALLAS – The activity of Al-Farouq Aminu continues to impress the Dallas Mavericks’ coaching staff.
Out of the rotation a few weeks ago, Aminu has made steady progress and has received some quality playing time lately. He responded quiet nicely Monday night with nine points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 21 minutes off the bench.
"He’s been playing well,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said after his team’s 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. "He’s a defender and an activity guy and a guy that’s shooting better all the time, and he runs and finishes, so he’s doing a little bit of everything.
"I think most guys that make the NBA are pretty instinctual about their games, you know? So I don’t know that he’s that much different than most guys that way, but playing good, so he’s helping us."
In the past four games Aminu has 35 points, 27 rebounds, 11 steals and eight blocks while converting 11-of-22 shots. He’s been a menace around the basket while also adding a feathery jump shot to his arsenal.
"Well, he’s one of our best rebounders pound for pound, so that’s really important and that’s what’s getting him on the floor first, and then you know he’s playing a good all-around game of basketball,’’ Carlisle said. "His energy is important, his athleticism is big because of the rebounding, and he made one or two blocked shots, had a big alley-oop play in the first half, he got the crowd going, got our bench going.
"He’s another one of those guys on our team that the guys get behind. They pull for him and they really like the way he works every day and all that. He’s really emerged as one of our important guys."