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Alexis Ajinca | Center

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 248
College: France
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Alexis Ajinca started against the Nuggets on Friday with 12 points, eight rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes.
Omer Asik (back) aggravated his injury in pre-game warmups, so we could see Ajinca in the starting lineup for a couple more games. He's not going to be as good as he was tonight, so only owners in deep leagues should have interest here. Nov 22 - 1:19 AM

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Alexis Ajinca started for Omer Asik (back) on Monday, lasting 16 minutes with six points, seven rebounds and one block.

Ajinca had a few nice moments but he's basically a magnet for would-be scorers to pad their stats at the foul line. Needless to say that doesn't help him in fantasy leagues.
Nov 18 - 1:37 AM

Alexis Ajinca will start against the Blazers on Monday.

Omer Asik (back) is out, but Ajinca probably won't play too much with Ryan Anderson more than capable of playing power forward next to Anthony Davis. He's only a deep-league play.
Nov 17 - 9:40 PM

Pelicans C Alexis Ajinca finished Tuesday's season opener with two points and no other stats in two minutes of garbage time.

Ajinca could never gain a steady foothold in fantasy leagues last season, despite the Pelicans' utter lack of depth, and the arrival of Omer Asik ensures that he'll have a negligible bench role in 2014-15.
Oct 28 - 10:51 PM

Alexis Ajinca will play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He added some muscle to his frame, but the addition of Omer Asik really hurts his chances for minutes and production. Ajinca can be ignored in most leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 8 - 6:05 PM

Alexis Ajinca added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason.

We're almost at training camp, so there won't be many more "Player X added Y pounds of muscle" stories this year. Ajinca wasn't very effective after the break last year due to fouling a whopping 3.9 times per game in just 19.2 minutes. He'll be on the bench most of the time with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis holding down the center spot.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 12:04 PM

Alexis Ajinca has decided not to play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

With his wife expected to give birth during the tournament, Ajinca has decided to stay home rather than join Team France. "This is a blow," France coach Vincent Collet said of losing his starting center, "but we must move forward with those who are there." Despite his importance to his national team, Ajinca doesn't hold the same importance with the New Orleans Pelicans and won't be much of a fantasy factor playing behind Anthony Davis and Omer Asik in 2014-15.
Source: FIBA.com
Jul 24 - 10:06 AM

Alexis Ajinca started at center and hit 7-of-12 shots for 17 points, seven rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.

That's a nice line from Ajinca, who didn't even play on Wednesday against the Suns. With Anthony Davis done, Ajinca could continue to start and would make for a cheap fantasy play if that's the case.
Apr 12 - 11:16 PM

Alexis Ajinca is not injured, but didn't play on Wednesday due to a matchup with the Suns.

Ajinca is 7-2 and the Suns play a quick version of small ball, so Ajinca's absence made some sense. He should be back in action on Friday.
Apr 10 - 12:36 PM

Alexis Ajinca started at power forward against the Spurs on Saturday with two points, seven boards and one assist in 27 minutes.

He had a couple nice games before tonight, but he looked lost against a very good Spurs team. Ajinca is far from a strong pickup, but he's a double-double threat and should see minutes in the high 20s until Anthony Davis (ankle) can return.
Mar 30 - 12:01 AM

Alexis Ajinca shot 3-of-6 for nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks in 28 minutes during Friday's win over the Jazz.

Ajinca started the second half in place of the injured Anthony Davis and came one point shy of recording his second consecutive double-double. There isn't Anthony Davis-type upside here, but Ajinca has averaged 9.7 points, 10 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks over his last three games. We're awaiting word on Davis' injury, but Ajinca just became an interesting speculative add for owners in search of boards and blocks.
Mar 28 - 11:12 PM

Alexis Ajinca double-doubled during Wednesday's 98-96 win over the Clippers with 14 points, 11 boards, one assist and five fouls in 28 minutes.

He is outplaying Greg Stiemsma right now, but the Pelicans had to play Al-Farouq Aminu at small forward, which kept most of the minutes available at center due to Anthony Davis staying at power forward. There is little reason to pick up Ajinca based on this game alone.
Mar 27 - 1:11 AM

Alexis Ajinca was a DNP-CD in Sunday's overtime win vs. the Celtics.

His poor play and tendency to rack up cheap fouls caused coach Monty Williams to put Greg Stiemsma back in the starting lineup, and the end result was an overtime victory for the Pelicans. If you picked up Ajinca in deep leagues hoping that his starting job would yield fantasy value, it's time to concede that the experiment failed.
Mar 17 - 9:20 AM

Alexis Ajinca flopped in another start vs. Denver, going scoreless with two rebounds, two turnovers and zero blocks in 11 minutes.

He didn't attempt a single shot and got a quick hook after picking up two quick fouls. That shouldn't surprise anyone, unfortunately, as Ajinca is averaging a ridiculous 7.0 fouls per 36 minutes this season. There's a reason he began the season in France, and nights like this make it very hard to rely on him in any fantasy formats.
Mar 9 - 9:44 PM

Alexis Ajinca's foul trouble hit him again in Friday's win, as he lasted just 13 minutes with zero points, two rebounds and one block.

Ajinca's fantasy appeal has gone to nil after a brief run last week. Greg Stiemsma had three blocks in 29 minutes and Jeff Withey set a career-high with eight rebounds tonight. Or so the legend goes.
Mar 8 - 12:34 AM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Jimmer Fredette
3Russ Smith
SG1Eric Gordon
2Tyreke Evans
3Austin Rivers
SF1Luke Babbitt
2John Salmons
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
3Dante Cunningham
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey