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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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.
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.

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

Depth Charts

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