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Alexis Ajinca | Center | #42

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 248
College: France
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (20) / CHA
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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.

Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) will not play Monday against the Bulls.

Well, that makes 10 Pelicans out with injuries. It'll be more Dante Cunningham than usual with plenty of minutes at center. Omer Asik will get the start with Kendrick Perkins backing him up. Asik isn't a reliable option.
Apr 11 - 6:05 PM

Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) is not on the injury report for Monday's game vs. the Bulls.

Ajinca tweaked his shoulder on Saturday vs. the Suns and never returned, but the game was already decided at that point. Ajinca is averaging 14.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 blocks over his last five games on 55.4 percent shooting, so he belongs in most lineups.
Apr 10 - 7:31 PM

Alexis Ajinca suffered a right shoulder injury in the second half of Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

He was considered questionable to return, but the game was already decided when Ajinca left. The Pelicans can't afford to lose another player to injury, so hopefully it's not too serious. If Ajinca is forced to miss additional time, the Pelicans will have to roll with a frontcourt combination of Dante Cunningham, Omer Asik and Kendrick Perkins. Ajinca finished with four points, four boards, one assist and one block in 23 minutes.
Apr 9 - 9:10 PM

Alexis Ajinca posted career-high 28 points and 15 rebounds during a 110-102 win over the Lakers on Friday, adding two assists, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes.

The Lakers could not stop him in the best game of his career. Coach Alvin Gentry was playing Ajinca behind Kendrick Perkins at times this year, but he has fully trusted him now. In his four April games, he averaged 16.5 points, 9.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals on 61.7 percent from the field. Ajinca should be owned everywhere.
Apr 9 - 1:48 AM

Alexis Ajinca had 12 points, 10 rebounds, zero blocks and four turnovers in Tuesday's loss to the Sixers.

Ajinca should be a solid, low-cost fantasy center option the rest of the way, as the Pelicans have nothing to play for and are running out of bodies.
Apr 5 - 9:44 PM

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.
Apr 5 - 5:55 PM

Alexis Ajinca scored 16 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks in 29 minutes against the Nets on Sunday.

The Pelicans seem to have realized Omer Asik is a waste of space, so maybe Ajinca gets more run. Regardless, Ajinca should see minutes in the upper 20s as a low-end standard league property with nice upside.
Apr 3 - 5:01 PM

Alexis Ajinca moved to the bench against the Nuggets on Thursday with eight points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 16 minutes.

He was really sloppy tonight and coach Alvin Gentry cut his minutes. The Nuggets going small also hurt his chance to play extended minutes. Ajinca will be better and this was a pretty solid game in the limited playing time. He's on the radar for anyone needing a big man.
Apr 1 - 12:42 AM

Alexis Ajinca will come off the bench on Thursday against the Nuggets.

Is coach Alvin Gentry going for the record for most different starting lineups? It'll be the 38th different starting lineup for the Pelicans. Ajinca loses some value off the bench, but he's still worth using in some spots on a light night.
Mar 31 - 7:04 PM

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.
Mar 31 - 12:20 AM

Alexis Ajinca scored 12 points with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes against the Knicks on Monday.

With Jrue Holiday (eye) getting hurt again, the Pelicans might have to run their offense through Ajinca more often again. In his last three, Ajinca averaged 14.3 points, 6.3 boards, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks in 27.6 minutes per game. If Holiday and Alonzo Gee (quad) get ruled out, Ajinca might have value in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 1:08 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Tim Frazier
3Langston Galloway
SG1Buddy Hield
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Solomon Hill
3Quincy Pondexter
4Dante Cunningham
5Alonzo Gee
PF1Anthony Davis
2Terrence Jones
3Cheick Diallo
4Chris Copeland
5He Tianju
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Robert Sacre