8. Al-Farouq Aminu
Aminu was a top-ten pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and went on to play 11 years in the league. The 6’8 forward was the definition of a journeyman. He was a strong rebounder and defender who did not have much of an offensive game. Aminu played for six different franchises in 11 years and never spent more than four years with any team.
He was traded three times during his career, but he arrived in Boston knowing it was his final shot. Aminu played for the Magic and the Bulls in the 2020-21 season. Chicago traded him to San Antonio in the 2021 offseason as part of the DeMar DeRozan package. The Spurs waived him during training camp, but Aminu stayed ready in hopes of landing another shot.
The Celtics gave him a ten-day deal on Christmas, but the 6’8 forward never saw a minute on the floor. Boston let the contract expire as the calendar flipped to 2022.
The 32-year-old has not played since 2021, and it appears his professional basketball career is over. Al-Farouq Aminu nearly saw his final game with the Boston Celtics, but it was not meant to be. The 6’8 forward never found his way onto the court, and the Celtics lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals.