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Alexis Ajinca | Center

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 248
College: France
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Alexis Ajinca started at center vs. the Thunder on Wednesday, posting 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 10 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes.
Omer Asik (illness) was out, as was Anthony Davis (shoulder), so Alvin Gentry's only real option was to start Ajinca. He's had a few nice breakout games when injuries thrust him into a bigger role, and DFS owners should watch him closely, but he belongs on the waiver wire as long as Asik and Davis are day-to-day. Nov 18 - 11:28 PM

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Alexis Ajinca played four points on Tuesday with four points, one block and three fouls.

He did start the second half in what was probably one of the worst games of the night. Coach Alvin Gentry doesn't seem to like Ajinca as much as Monty Williams did, so he's not a great pickup even with the Anthony Davis injury.
Nov 18 - 12:56 AM

Alexis Ajinca played 16 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday, scoring eight points with six rebounds and one turnover.

The Pelicans didn't face a true big man, so Ajinca wasn't needed tonight. That may change against true centers, but obviously fantasy owners shouldn't be looking to him right now.
Nov 8 - 2:30 AM

Alexis Ajinca will start at center on Saturday against the Mavericks.

He came off the bench on Friday, but he will be matched up with Zaza Pachulia tonight. The Pelicans have just nine active bodies, so Ajinca should see solid minutes if he can stay out of foul trouble.
Nov 7 - 7:21 PM

Alexis Ajinca will come off the bench on Friday.

The Pelicans are going with Anthony Davis at the center spot again. Ajincia is probably only looking at minutes in the teens tonight as Davis' backup at center.
Nov 6 - 7:35 PM

Alexis Ajinca started in place of Omer Asik on Tuesday, but hit just 2-of-5 shots for four points, four rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes.

If you took a flier on him in a daily league it sadly backfired, but he is usually better than this on nights when he starts.
Nov 3 - 10:31 PM

Alexis Ajinca will draw the start in place of Omer Asik (calf) on Tuesday against the Magic.

With Kendrick Perkins (pectoral) and Asik both on the shelf, Ajinca should see solid minutes as the starting center and the Pelicans will need his size to help defend Nikola Vucevic. Ajinca is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value and is an intriguing gamble in daily leagues due to his low price tag.
Nov 3 - 6:31 PM

Alexis Ajinca came off the bench for seven points, five rebounds and one steal in six minutes on Saturday, as the Pelicans fell to Steph Curry and the Warriors.

Ajinca wound up with season-highs across the board, which isn't saying much. He's worth deep-league owners' attention if he gets 20+ minutes per game, but that's unlikely to happen even if Kendrick Perkins (pectoral) misses time. Leave Ajinca on the wire until further notice.
Oct 31 - 10:47 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) was able to play 17 minutes in Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

He scored six points with four boards, and the good news is that his hamstring didn't appear to be an issue. Barring a setback, Ajinca should be fine for Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers.
Oct 28 - 1:19 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) is available to play in Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors.

Ajinca said on Monday that his hamstring still feels painful, and he will only play limited minutes against the Warriors if coach Alvin Gentry decides to put him in. Ajinca shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.
Oct 27 - 9:24 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) said his injury "still feels painful" and is still hopeful to play on Tuesday.

That doesn't sound promising with Ajinca on the shelf for almost all of October. He will likely be limited and isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues.
Oct 26 - 5:02 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) could be able to play in the opener.

With Omer Asik (back) also getting closer to a return, the Pelicans are finally starting to get their frontcourt players back. Ajinca still doesn't have much fantasy upside as long as Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson are healthy.
Oct 24 - 2:57 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) was seen working on his post moves in Saturday's practice.

Ajinca is expected to be sidelined until at least early November, and head coach Alvin Gentry has previously said that he won't rush the center back into action. The Pelicans are very thin at multiple positions right now, so it would be fantastic news if Ajinca could beat his timetable.
Oct 24 - 2:13 PM

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said the team won't rush Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) back into action.

Ajinca did some shooting on Monday, but Gentry said he'll be limited as he works his way back into action. "The hamstring is a weird injury in itself," Gentry said. "But he’s working extremely hard, and he’ll work extremely hard to get back out on the court. Just no reason for us to rush into anything right now or push anything right now." While fantasy owners can leave Ajinca undrafted, Omer Asik and Ryan Anderson should see a boost in their minutes and fantasy value while Ajinca is out for at least four weeks.
Oct 6 - 10:29 AM

Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

After re-signing for $20 million, Ajinca will now be unavailable to begin the season. After dealing with Achilles soreness earlier in the offseason, the big man suffered the hamstring strain on Saturday. Without AA in the lineup, Omer Asik, Kendrick Perkins, Ryan Anderson and (of course) Anthony Davis are all candidates to see their minutes increase.
Oct 5 - 11:35 AM

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All Positions
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Ish Smith
3Toney Douglas
4Norris Cole
SG1Eric Gordon
SF1Dante Cunningham
2Quincy Pondexter
3Alonzo Gee
4Tyreke Evans
5Luke Babbitt
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Kendrick Perkins