Terrence Jones came off the bench on Sunday for nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, seven rebounds and one block in 25 minutes of action.
Jones recovered after a very slow start tonight, but the Pelicans just couldn't overcome their poor shooting (36.7 percent) and terrible defense. They are 2-11 this season when out-rebounded by their opponent, which happened again tonight, and they need guys like T-Jones and Omer Asik (three boards) to give Anthony Davis more relief in the rebounding department.
Terrence Jones vanished on Sunday with two rebounds and two steals in 13 scoreless minutes off the bench.
The Pelicans and Mavericks both leaned heavily on small-ball lineups tonight, which resulted in paltry lines for Jones and Omer Asik (two points, four boards in seven minutes). Jones has been a steady value over the past six games, contributing high-percentage points, rebounds, 3-pointers and defensive stats, so his owners should just shrug off tonight's dud.
Anthony Davis (quad) was unable to practice in full on Thursday, but is still hoping to play against the Blazers on Friday.
Head coach Alvin Gentry said the team will monitor Davis leading up to Friday's game and are hopeful he'll be able to suit up after missing Wednesday's game against Orlando. Terrence Jones will see the biggest boost in fantasy value if Davis sits again, while Omer Asik and Solomon Hill would also get a bump.
Dante Cunningham started the second half of Friday's game vs. the Warriors, sending Omer Asik to the bench.
It's Omer Asik, so we're not surprised. Anthony Davis will slide to center and this could mean more minutes for Terrence Jones in the second half.
Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik will start Thursday vs. the Magic.
Davis has officially beat the initial 10-14 day timetable, and he'll obviously be good to go when the regular season kicks off. The constant trips to the locker room make owning Davis gut wrenching experience for owners, but there's no denying his ridiculous upside, making him the ultimate risk-reward selection this year.
Tim Frazier, Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill, Dante Cunningham and Omer Asik will start vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.
Frazier and Hield should be busy tonight sans Anthony Davis (ankle), and both those guys are on the radar as potential late-round targets in standard leagues.
Alexis Ajinca could split the center role with Omer Asik this season, according to Alvin Gentry.
"Both of those guys are going to play," Gentry said. "There are going to be situations where one plays a lot one night, then the next night the other plays more minutes, depending on the type of team we’re playing against and what we’re looking for." Simply put, there is no incentive to draft either Asik or Ajinca in standard fantasy formats.
Alexis Ajinca started at center vs. the Pacers on Tuesday, scoring seven points with eight rebounds and three turnovers in 18 minutes.
This was his second start in a row and it looks like he's still ahead of Omer Asik (eight points, six rebounds) on the depth chart. He's definitely a better fit next to Anthony Davis, but the Pelicans will probably play a lot of small ball this year which will keep Ajinca's minutes down -- Coach Alvin Gentry has already indicated that both Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones will play some center. Ajinca is a late-round option in deeper leagues until further notice.
Pelicans GM Dell Demps is "definitely coming back," a source told John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Demps has been on the hot seat as a result of some questionable personnel moves and his team's disappointing season, but according to this report, it doesn't seem like ownership is prepared to make a change following an injury-ravaged campaign in which it was difficult to evaluate Demps fairly. Despite Demps looking safe for now, there is still no defending his decision to re-sign Omer Asik last summer.
Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) will not play Wednesday vs. Minnesota.
Ajinca will join 10 other Pelicans on the sidelines for Wednesday's regular-season finale, and his absence will translate to major minutes for Dante Cunningham and James Ennis. Omer Asik and Kendrick Perkins will be the only healthy centers on the roster for Wednesday's game, but even with just seven healthy players on the roster, Asik and Perkins are not great targets.
Toney Douglas will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Lakers.
It'll be Tim Frazier replacing Douglas in the starting five, but how these guys enter the game is pretty much meaningless with how banged up New Orleans is. Douglas should still see plenty of minutes off the bench, and is worth deploying as usual. James Ennis, Dante Cunningham, Alexis Ajinca and Omer Asik will join Frazier in the starting five for tonight's game.
Luke Babbitt will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
Omer Asik will earn the start in his place tonight, but given that Asik has been losing minutes to Kendrick Perkins as of late, his starter tag essentially means nothing. Babbitt has been playing very well over the past two weeks, owning averages of 14.1 points, 4.6 boards, 2.9 assists and 1.6 triples per contest, and he should be able to see quality minutes tonight regardless of how he enters the game.
James Ennis will enter the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
Ennis will be joined by Toney Douglas, Dante Cunningham, Alexis Ajinca and Omer Asik in the starting five for Wednesday's game, which will be Alvin Gentry's 40th different lineup of the season. Tim Frazier and Luke Babbitt will return to the bench, but with how banged up New Orleans is, the minutes should be pretty similar for all these guys regardless of how they enter the game.
Alexis Ajinca will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the 76ers, sending Omer Asik back to the bench.
Omer Asik hasn't done much, so the move makes sense because Alexis Ajinca has made some nice strides in the past week. He's averaging 12.6 points, 6.6 boards, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals over his last five games, and he could have a nice night if he stays out of foul trouble.
Alexis Ajinca scored a team-high 18 points on Wednesday, adding nine rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes during a road loss in San Antonio.
He wasn't exactly efficient, shooting 8-of-19 from the field, but someone has to score in the paint and it's probably not going to be Omer Asik (two points in 25 minutes). Injuries have thrust Ajinca into a prominent role and he's averaging 15.3 points and 7.0 boards in the Pels' past four games, with a handful of steals and blocks.
Toney Douglas and Alonzo Gee replaced Luke Babbitt and Omer Asik for the second half of Monday's game vs. the Knicks.
The Pelicans are just grasping at straws at this point and their lineups will likely continue to fluctuate on a game-to-game basis.
Alonzo Gee will start Thursday vs. the Pacers, with Jrue Holiday (toe) unavailable.
The Pelicans will roll out a starting five of Toney Douglas, Gee, Dante Cunningham, Luke Babbitt and Omer Asik for Thursday's matchup with Indiana, a game that they will enter with just eight healthy bodies. Gee will be starting, but Tim Frazier and Douglas make for the more attractive DFS targets.
Alexis Ajinca will move into the starting lineup for Thursday's game vs. the Pacers.
Ajinca will be starting alongside Omer Asik to better matchup with Indiana's size, which will likely result in Luke Babbitt returning to the bench. Alvin Gentry described the lineup switch as a matchup based decision, so while Ajinca is on the radar as a potential punt play in DFS tonight with the increased opportunity, he's still not a great addition to a standard league roster as he'll likely return to a minimal role off the bench for Saturday's game against the Raptors.
Updating a previous report, Ryan Anderson (groin) has officially been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Heat.
Anderson is dealing with a strain in both his left and right groin, and with the Pelicans having absolutely nothing to play for this could potentially turn into a lengthy absence for Ryno, although he did say he expects to play again this season. Omer Asik should see close to 30 minutes tonight with very little depth behind him, while Dante Cunningham and Luke Babbitt will see an uptick in minutes. Jrue Holiday, Toney Douglas and Tim Frazier will be asked to step it up on the offensive end sans Anderson.
Ryan Anderson (groins) is not on the injury report for Tuesday's game against the Heat, according to beat reporter John Reid.
Anderson was listed as "out" on Monday's injury report for Tuesday's matchup with Miami, and it's currently unclear if his absence from today's report is simply a clerical error, or if his injury has improved enough to let him play. We should have another update shortly, but if Anderson is able to gut it out, the fantasy value of Dante Cunningham, Omer Asik and Luke Babbitt will take a hit. Stay tuned.