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Alexis Ajinca | Center | #42

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'2' / 248
College: France
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (20) / CHA
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Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) returned to action on Sunday with two rebounds and no other stats in just four minutes off the bench.
Ajinca was "expected" to return last weekend but this is his first action since then, so presumably he's been a DNP-CD in recent games. As tonight's line proves, he's not on the fantasy radar while Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones and Omer Asik are healthy. Nov 27 - 10:25 PM

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Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) is expected to play on Saturday against the Hornets.

He missed Friday due to a shoulder injury. With Omer Asik and Anthony Davis active, there are not likely to be many minutes for Ajinca.
Nov 19 - 5:46 PM

Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Charlotte.

Ajinca missed Friday's game due to the injury. If Ajinca can't play Saturday, it would likely clear the way for Terrance Jones to play upwards of 30 minutes once again. Jones scored 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, four blocks, two triples and two turnovers in 31 minutes on Friday.
Nov 19 - 12:28 PM

Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) will not play on Friday against the Blazers.

With Anthony Davis (quad) back in action, the Pelicans won't need Ajinca much tonight. We'll see a decent amount of Omer Asik and Terrence Jones holding down the minutes next to AD.
Nov 18 - 6:52 PM

Alexis Ajinca (left shoulder) has been downgraded to questionable for Friday's game vs. Portland.

He was initially listed as probable as of yesterday, so clearly not a great sign for his availability on Friday. Ajinca played 25 minutes on Wednesday in place of Anthony Davis. Davis is also listed as questionable for Friday.
Nov 18 - 10:57 AM

Alexis Ajinca (left shoulder) is probable to play against the Blazers on Friday.

He played 25 minutes on Wednesday because Anthony Davis (quad) missed his first game of the season. Ajinca was barely in the rotation before the Davis injury and he'll have to be at the mercy of coach Alvin Gentry's rotation. He's not worth owning right now. If he's out, there could be more minutes for Terrence Jones and Omer Asik.
Nov 17 - 3:48 PM

Alexis Ajinca (back) returned to action on Tuesday vs. Atlanta, scoring four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 12 minutes.

He's expected to split minutes with Omer Asik this season, but the Pelicans haven't committed to a starter yet. Anthony Davis (ankle) and Terrence Jones will also play some center, so Ajinca's outlook isn't good. He's only on the radar in very deep leagues.
Oct 18 - 10:03 PM

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.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 15 - 3:10 PM

Alexis Ajinca (back spasms) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

He was probable on Sunday and didn't see the floor, so the Pelicans may err on the side of caution and hold him out. Ajinca was originally the favorite to start at center on opening night, but Omer Aisk is coming off a massive double-double with five blocks and has at least made things interesting.
Oct 11 - 8:11 PM

Alexis Ajinca (back spasms) is probable to play against the Rockets on Sunday.

A probable tag in a preseason game is nothing to worry about. While he might miss this game, Ajinca should be OK for the season opener.
Oct 8 - 9:38 PM

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.
Oct 4 - 10:39 PM

Alexis Ajinca sounded confident when asked about the possibility of being the starter at center.

"I will be a starter this year. You'll see," Ajinca said. He would have to beat out Omer Asik, which isn't too hard based on how the Pelicans haven't fared well with him on the court. For what it's worth, the Pelicans had a plus-8.7 net rating with Ajinca and Antohny Davis lineups and a minus-7.5 net rating with Davis and Asik. Regardless, there's no need to be too aggressive in drafting any Pelican big besides The Brow.
Sep 23 - 3:19 PM

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.

Updating a previous report, Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) is now being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game in Minnesota.

If he's able to give it a go, Ajinca should see a ton of minutes as one of the few remaining able bodies on the roster. If he's out, it'll be Dante Cunningham and Luke Babbitt getting all the burn they can handle. Check back for another update closer to Wednesday's tip.
Apr 12 - 7:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca (shoulder), Norris Cole (back) and Ryan Anderson (sports hernia) have all been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

New Orleans will enter Wednesday's regular-season finale with just eight healthy bodies at their disposal, and head coach Alvin Gentry is probably looking forward to getting this year done with. Of the players that will be available for Wednesday's game, Tim Frazier and Toney Douglas will make for the most attractive DFS targets.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Tim Frazier
3Langston Galloway
SG1E'Twaun Moore
2Buddy Hield
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Solomon Hill
3Quincy Pondexter
4Dante Cunningham
5Anthony Brown
PF1Anthony Davis
2Terrence Jones
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca