7. Al-Farouq Aminu
Aminu was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft after two years at Wake Forest. The 6’8 forward never blossomed into a star, but was a quality role player for 11 years. His best season came in 2016 with the Blazers as he averaged 10.2 points, 6.1 rebounds. 1.7 assists, and 0.9 steals in 28.5 minutes per game. Aminu played in all 82 games and helped Portland get to the second round of the playoffs.
The 6’8 forward came to San Antonio from the Bulls in the DeMar DeRozan trade. Thaddeus Young and three draft picks, including one first-rounder, joined him. The Spurs were committing to a rebuild and had little use for the 31-year-old forward. Aminu was waived during training camp after just two months with the franchise.
Al-Farouq Aminu had already played his final NBA game before he joined the Spurs. He got a ten-day contract with the Celtics in December of 2021, but never saw the court. The 32-year-old has not played in over two years and his professional basketball days appear over.
During his prime, Aminu was a versatile forward who could defend multiple positions, rebound, and make his team better. San Antonio Spurs fans never got a chance to see what he could do under coach Pop, so who knows what might have been.