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Portland Trail Blazers | #5 | Forward









6'8" | 220lb | 31 years

Player Bio


2019-20 SEASON: Appeared in 18 games (two starts) with Orlando, averaging 4.3 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 1.2 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 21.1 minpg.…As a starter, averaged 9.5 ppg., 9.5 rpg., 1.5 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 31.3 minpg….Led (or tied) the team in rebounding twice…Scored in double figures twice, including a season-high 13 points on Nov. 5 @ Oklahoma City and Nov. 15 vs. San Antonio…Had one double-double…Had 10+ rebounds twice, including a season-high 13 rebounds on Nov. 15 vs. San Antonio…Had at least one steal nine times and two-or-more steals seven times, including a season-high four steals on Oct. 28 @ Toronto…Had at least one blocked shot seven times and two-or-more blocks once…Missed 55 games (Dec. 1-Mar. 10, July 31-Aug. 13) due to a torn meniscus in his right knee…Underwent successful surgery on Jan. 7…Did not join the team in the NBA Campus at Walt Disney World due to the injury…Also missed the entire 2020 NBA Playoffs.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Appeared in 688 career NBA regular season games (431 starts) with the L.A. Clippers, New Orleans, Dallas, Portland and Orlando, averaging 7.6 ppg., 6.1 rpg. and 1.2 apg. in 25.1 minpg….Has also played in 40 career playoff contests (33 starts), averaging 11.3 ppg., 7.3 rpg. and 1.4 apg. in 29.1 minpg., while shooting .391 (70-179) from three-point range.

2018-19: Played and started in 81 games with Portland, averaging 9.4 ppg., 7.5 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 28.3 minpg., while shooting a career-high .867 (150-173) from the free throw line…Tied for 17th in the NBA in free throw percentage and tied for 32nd in rebounding…Led (or tied) the Trail Blazers in rebounding 17 times…Scored in double figures 36 times and 20+ points four times…Pulled down 10+ rebounds 18 times…Recorded a career-best 12 double-doubles…Notched his first career 20+ point/10+ rebound game with 23 points and 11 rebounds on Apr. 7 vs. Denver…Had at least one steal in 47 games and two-or-more steals 19 times…Recorded at least one blocked shot in 25 games and two-or-more blocks six times…Also played and started in 16 playoff outings, averaging 7.4 ppg., 6.3 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 24.9 minpg….Helped Portland reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.

2017-18: Appeared in 69 games (67 starts) with Portland, averaging 9.3 ppg., 7.6 rpg., 1.2 apg. and 1.14 stlpg. in 30.0 minpg., while shooting a career-high .369 (125-339) from three-point range…Led (or tied) the team in scoring once, in rebounding 17 times and in assists once…Scored in double figures 30 times and 20+ points twice…Tallied nine double-doubles…Missed 13 games (Nov. 2-27) due to a right ankle injury…Also played and started in four playoff games, averaging 17.3 ppg., 9.0 rpg., 1.3 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 32.8 minpg., while shooting .519 (27-52) from the floor and .433 (13-30) from three-point range…Pulled down a playoff career-high 15 rebounds on Apr. 17 vs. New Orleans.

2016-17: Played in 61 games (25 starts) with Portland, averaging 8.7 ppg., 7.4 rpg., 1.6 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 29.1 minpg.…As a starter, averaged 8.1 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 2.1 apg. and 1.12 stlpg. in 29.6 minpg.…Led (or tied) the team in rebounding 15 times and in assists twice…Scored in double figures 24 times and had 20+ points three times…Recorded four double-doubles…Missed a combined 20 games due to various injuries (13 due to left calf, five due to a back contusion and two due to a left knee)…Also played in four postseason contests, averaging 12.0 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 1.0 apg. and 1.00 blkpg. in 28.3 minpg.

2015-16: Appeared and started in all 82 games with Portland, averaging a career-high 10.2 ppg., 6.1 rpg. and 1.7 apg. in 28.5 minpg., while shooting .361 (126-349) from three-point range…Scored in double figures 46 times and had 20+ points three times, including a career-high 28 points on Mar. 31 vs. Boston…Recorded eight double-doubles…Also played and started in 11 playoff outings, averaging 14.6 ppg., 8.6 rpg. and 1.8 apg. in 33.8 minpg….Poured in a playoff career-high 30 points on Apr. 25 vs. L.A. Clippers.

2014-15: Played in 74 games (three starts) with Dallas, averaging 5.6 ppg. and 4.6 rpg. in 18.5 minpg.…Scored in double figures 16 times…Recorded four double-doubles…Had a career-high six blocked shots on Jan. 28 @ Houston…Recorded a career-high six steals on Mar. 8 @ L.A. Lakers…Also played in five playoff games (two starts), averaging 11.2 ppg., 7.2 rpg., 1.2 apg., 2.00 stlpg. and 1.60 blkpg. in 30.0 minpg.

2013-14: Appeared in 80 games (65 starts) with New Orleans, averaging 7.2 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 1.4 apg. and 1.03 stlpg. in 25.6 minpg.…Scored in double figures 19 times…Had five double-doubles…Ripped down a career-high-tying 20 rebounds on Dec. 4 vs. Dallas.

2012-13: Played in 76 games (71 starts) with New Orleans, averaging 7.3 ppg., a career-high 7.7 rpg., 1.4 apg. and a career-high 1.21 stlpg. in 27.2 minpg., while shooting .475 (225-474) from the floor…Scored in double figures 23 times…Pulled down 10+ rebounds 23 times, including a career-high 20 rebounds on Apr. 17 @ Dallas…Recorded 10 double-doubles.

2011-12: Appeared in 66 games (21 starts) with New Orleans, averaging 6.0 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 1.0 apg. in 22.4 minpg.…Scored in double figures 14 times and recorded two double-doubles…Led the team with 95 offensive rebounds.

2010-11: Played in 81 games (14 starts) during his rookie campaign with the L.A. Clippers, averaging 5.6 ppg. and 3.3 rpg. in 17.9 minpg.…Ranked among all NBA rookies in scoring (18th), rebounding (15th), three-point field goal percentage (fourth, .315) and free throw percentage (fourth, .773)…Scored in double figures 14 times…Made his NBA debut on Oct. 27 vs. Portland, playing 39 seconds...Scored first career NBA points on Oct. 31 vs. Dallas…Tallied double figures and 20+ points for the first time in NBA career on Nov. 9 @ New Orleans…Made first career NBA start on Nov. 12 vs. Detroit, tallying six points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals and one blocked shot in 19 minutes.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the L.A. Clippers in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft…Traded from the L.A. Clippers along with Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and a future first round draft pick to New Orleans in exchange for Chris Paul, a future second round draft pick and cash considerations (Dec. 14, 2011)…Signed as a free agent by Dallas (Jul. 29, 2014)…Signed as a free agent by Portland (Jul. 9, 2015)…Signed as a free agent by Orlando (Jul. 6, 2019).


COLLEGE CAPSULE: Played in 62 games (60 starts) during two seasons at Wake Forest University, averaging 14.4 ppg., 9.4 rpg., 1.4 apg., 1.32 blkpg. and 1.19 stlpg. in 30.1 minpg.…Tallied 29 double-doubles during his career…As a sophomore (2009-10), played in 31 games (30 starts), averaging 15.8 ppg., 10.7 apg., 1.3 apg., 1.42 blkpg. and 1.42 stlpg. in 31.3 minpg….Earned All-American honors, becoming the 14th player in school history to do so…Also named Second Team All-ACC…Led the ACC in rebounding, becoming the first Demon Deacon since Tim Duncan did it in 1997…As a freshman (2008-09), appeared in 31 games (30 starts), averaging 12.9 ppg., 8.2 rpg., 1.5 apg. and 1.23 blkpg. in 29.0 minpg., while shooting .516 (146-283) from the floor…Named a Freshman All-American and was a unanimous selection to the ACC All-Freshman Team…Recorded 10 double-doubles, which more than doubled the combined total of all other ACC freshmen.


Descends from a line of Nigerian kings…Name Al-Farouq means “the chief has arrived”…Son of Aboubakar and Anjirlic Aminu…Has an older and younger brother…His older brother, Alade, was a 2010 D-League All-Star with Erie and Bakersfield and signed a 10-day contract with Miami on Mar. 28, 2010…Played for Team Africa during the 2018 NBA Africa Game in South Africa…Received the 2016-17 Maurice Lucas Award, given to the member of the Portland Trail Blazers who best represents the “indomitable spirit” of Lucas through contributions on the court and in the community…Joined his teammates, D.J. Augustin and Markelle Fultz, in sponsoring a donation to assist the Eatonville Thanksgiving Event in 2020, which provided 300 (of each), 32 lb. staple food pantry boxes and 30 lb. produce boxes, to underserved families in the Eatonville community……A member of the Nigerian National Team…Played in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio…Led Norcross High School to back-to-back Georgia 5A state championships in 2006-07 and 2007-08…As a senior (2007-08), was named a McDonald’s All-American and played in the Jordan Brand Classic…Also participated in the NIKE Hoop Summit as a member of the USA Jr. National Select Team…You can follow him on Twitter: @farouq1 and on Instagram: @chiefhasarrived.