D.J. Foster is selling … and I’m starting to buy. From D.J.’s smart analysis over at ESPN Los Angeles:
The Clippers have long needed to pair the vertically challenged Eric Gordon with a bigger wing capable of drawing the more physical assignments defensively while also clearing the glass. Aminu, despite some deficiencies, more than fits those requirements.
After years of failing to adhere to one ideology on the court, the Clippers are forging an identity as a basketball team. Were there more skilled offensive players available at pick eight? Certainly, but part of the reason the Clippers chose Aminu was for his dedication to the unglamorous parts of the game. For a franchise notoriously plagued with players who took a “me-first” approach, Aminu represents a fresh alternative.
The process of rebuilding and rebranding a franchise is often a slow and painful one, but by selecting Aminu the Clippers are showing that their priorities, at long last, are in the right place.
Read the piece in its entirety here.