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Emeka Okafor | Center | #50

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (35) / 9/28/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 260
College: Connecticut
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (2) / CHA
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Emeka Okafor said he expects to be back with the Pelicans in 2018-19.
Despite being out of the league for five years due to injury, Okafor was a nice surprise for the Pelicans, averaging 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 13.6 minutes over 26 appearances. It's unclear if the Pelicans will re-sign DeMarcus Cousins and they are talking up Cheick Diallo quite a bit, but we'd still expect the Pelicans to bring Okafor back as emergency depth -- he's only on the books for a non-guaranteed $2.4 million. Jun 11 - 11:44 AM
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Nikola Mirotic will replace Emeka Okafor in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

This is likely a matchup-based move against Memphis' small-ball lineup, and he'll be joined in the starting five by Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore and Anthony Davis. You might not recognize Mirotic if you tune into tonight's game, as he shaved his legendary beard on Wednesday morning.
Apr 4 - 7:42 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said that Nikola Mirotic (hip) is expected to play Tuesday vs. Portland.

Mirotic was unable to Saturday and had been struggling prior to sitting out that contest. Over his last six games, Mirotic was averaging 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, while shooting just 29.2 percent from the floor. He'll try to get back on track Tuesday vs. the Blazers. Darius Miller, Cheick Diallo and Emeka Okafor will see their minutes scaled back.
Mar 27 - 6:21 PM

Nikola Mirotic (hip) is questionable to play Tuesday against Portland.

Tuesday could be Mirotic's second straight game on the sidelines, which would result in more run for guys like Darius Miller, Cheik Diallo and Emeka Okafor. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Mar 26 - 5:14 PM

Nikola Mirotic (right hip flexor) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Houston.

Mirotic has been struggling of late. He was just 1-of-7 from the floor in 16 minutes on Friday and is shooting a putrid 29.2 percent from the floor over the Pels last six games. This is the first time he's popped up on the injury report due to a hip issue, but it's possible that a nagging hip injury has contributed to the nasty slump. If Mirotic is unable to play Saturday, Cheick Diallo, Emeka Okafor and Darius Miller would likely divvy up additional minutes.
Mar 24 - 12:14 PM

Nikola Mirotic was back in the starting lineup on Thursday, but he made just 3-of-12 shots to finish with six points, 10 rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 29 minutes.

Mirotic and Emeka Okafor continue to flip-flop roles based on matchups. The more pressing concern is that Mirotic has now struggled in four consecutive games, averaging 7.5 points, 1.0 assists, 0.7 triples, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks. He's still rebounding well, and owners have no choice but to play him in the expectation of an offensive revival -- New Orleans plays the Knicks on Saturday, followed by a four-game week.
Mar 15 - 11:42 PM

Cheick Diallo came alive on Sunday with 13 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, adding three steals and one assist in 23 minutes off the bench.

Diallo fell one rebound shy of his career-high, and his efforts helped the bench maintain and extend leads while Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday rested. That was even more important since Nikola Mirotic was starting tonight for Emeka Okafor (ankle), leaving the bench particularly thin. He might fall back into the 10-15 minute range once Okafor returns, but this eye-opening performance will at least give coach Alvin Gentry some food for thought.
Mar 4 - 9:52 PM

Nikola Mirotic came off the bench on Wednesday for 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

Mirotic was initially reported as a starter tonight, but at the last second Emeka Okafor took his spot. New Orleans will vary the lineup based on matchups, according to coach Alvin Gentry, but Mirotic's minutes and touches should be safe regardless -- he logged 30 minutes tonight. He's a solid 'hold' and should only get better as he builds chemistry with his new team.
Feb 15 - 12:24 AM

Updating a previous report, Nikola Mirotic will come off the bench again on Wednesday with Emeka Okafor starting at center.

This was a last-second switch after Mirotic was previously reported to be starting. It shouldn't impact either player's minutes much, however, so there aren't any big swings for fantasy value.
Feb 14 - 8:13 PM

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