We start the “Pelicans By the Numbers” series (for those that missed the introduction it can be found here) with one of the eight numbers in New Orleans Pelicans franchise history to be worn by just a single player–#0.
First to Wear #0: Al-Farouq Aminu, 2011-2012
Most Recent to Wear #0: Al-Farouq Aminu, 2013-2014
Players to Wear #0 In Between: None
Al-Farouq Aminu became the most recent player in New Orleans Pelicans franchise history to introduce a new jersey number into the franchise record books when he joined the then Hornets in 2011-2012 as part of the Chris Paul trade. Aminu, who wore number three for the Los Angeles Clippers, continued the trend of having a new number at each stop of his career after wearing 12 in high school and one at Wake Forest.
During his time in the New Orleans number 0 Aminu was a solid though unspectacular player for the Hornets/Pelicans with his finest season coming in 2012-2013 when he played 27.2 minutes per game and averaged 7.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals for New Orleans while providing some solid defense on the wing.
While Aminu won’t ever be remembered as an all-time great he is one of the few in the group of players who were the only one to ever wear their number that could actually be remembered as a quality player during his time in a New Orleans uniform. Most importantly though he brought the always cool number 0 into Hornets/Pelicans existence, and for that he should be commended.