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Alexis Ajinca | Center

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 262
College: France
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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

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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

Alexis Ajinca was quiet against DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings on Monday, scoring four points on 2-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and one steal in 20 foul-plagued minutes.

In fairness, owners should have counted tonight's matchup as a half-game knowing that Cousins might snap him in half. It's fair to evaluate Ajinca based on this outing, but we'd do so with a little less emphasis than a normal game.
Mar 4 - 1:03 AM

Alexis Ajinca started at center and had 11 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 29 minutes in a start at center.

Even with Anthony Davis back in action, Ajinca looks like the starting center for the Pelicans until further notice. He's averaging 11.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last five games, which includes Friday's dud, and now looks like a solid fantasy center option going forward. Pick him up. Greg Stiemsma had 10 points, seven rebounds and a block off the bench, so keep an eye on him and the timeshare situation in New Orleans.
Mar 2 - 1:14 AM

Alexis Ajinca started at center for the Pelicans on Friday, playing 14 minutes for four points, two boards and two blocks.

He was coming off two nice games, averaging 16.5 points and 10.0 boards, but fouling and slow rotations on defense cost him tonight. The Pelicans' center spot has been a fantasy wasteland for much of the season, so it's hard to imagine Ajinca being the next hot pickup due to inconsistencies all season. He's worth a look in deep leagues for upside, though.
Mar 1 - 1:48 AM

Alexis Ajinca will get the start at center in Friday's game against the Suns.

It's unclear if the move has a long-term component to it but we'd guess that Monty Williams is going to remain flexible with what he does here. Ajinca has played well lately and he's worth a look if you're desperate for a big man. If he can keep it up he has some interesting versatility, but owners should take a quick look at his game log before they make any decisions.
Feb 28 - 9:34 PM

Alexis Ajinca came off the bench for 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a block on 6-of-10 shooting in 26 minutes on Wednesday, and could be in for more good things with Anthony Davis possibly missing time with a shoulder injury.

We still don't know the details of the Davis injury, and it could be nothing, but if he ends up missing time, Ajinca is going to be worth grabbing. Al-Farouq Aminu might also see a boost if it happens, but he had just four points in 18 minutes tonight.
Feb 27 - 1:20 AM

Alexis Ajinca set career-highs in scoring and rebounding with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, 12 boards and one block in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday.

We've always thought that Ajinca had the most interesting fantasy game of the Pelicans' three-headed center monster, but outside of a 16 and nine game in mid-February there hasn't been much to talk about. He's still a risky and probably inadvisable add in 12-14 team formats given his body of work, but he's worth watching to see how he does the next time out.
Feb 24 - 11:16 PM

Alexis Ajinca made all seven of his shots from the field for 16 points with nine boards, three assists and one block in just 22 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

Sure, it's the Bucks, but this was Ajinca's best game of the season and his second-highest point total of his career. He's only played in 15.7 minutes per game in his previous February games and has been quiet in that span, averaging 4.3 points, 4.5 boards and 1.2 blocks. He's only worth a look in deep leagues until his minutes can get up around 25 or so.
Feb 13 - 1:18 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Brian Roberts
2Austin Rivers
3Jrue Holiday
SG1Eric Gordon
2Anthony Morrow
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Darius Miller
3Al-Farouq Aminu
4James Southerland
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Alexis Ajinca
2Jeff Withey
3Melvin Ely
4Jason Smith