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Alexis Ajinca | Center

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 248
College: France

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Alexis Ajinca scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with nine rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes on Friday with Anthony Davis (groin) out.
Ajinca has now hit more times than he's missed recently whenever Davis has been out. Owners shouldn't completely trust him, but he's certainly worth a look as a plug-and-play option if Davis is on the sidelines. Jan 31 - 1:41 AM

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Alexis Ajinca blocked a career-high five shots in Friday's win, and also added six points with six boards in 14 minutes.

Ajinca was probably dropped after his mini-spurt filling in for Anthony Davis, but if you happened to hold onto him you may want to see if Ryan Anderson misses more time with his ankle injury. That said, this is Alexis Ajinca we're talking about here and owners shouldn't piddle around if there are any worthwhile free agents available.
Jan 24 - 2:41 AM

Alexis Ajinca, who came in hot, played just six minutes and had zero points and four rebounds in the return of Anthony Davis.

Ajinca had played very well since Davis went down with a toe injury, but we knew it would be a short run. With Davis back you can safely forget about Ajinca again, at least until Davis suffers another injury.
Jan 21 - 11:46 PM

Alexis Ajinca took advantage of Anthony Davis (toe) being out of the lineup on Sunday, setting a new career-high with 22 points, while adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and one turnover.

Ajinca hit 10-of-13 of his shots while shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He's been on a roll over the past two, grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds during Friday's game against the Sixers, and hitting a career-high in points today. However, With Davis looking likely to return to the lineup on Monday, Ajinca's value will likely be short-lived as he returns to a minimal bench role.
Jan 18 - 6:25 PM

Alexis Ajinca started against the Nuggets on Friday with 12 points, eight rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes.

Omer Asik (back) aggravated his injury in pre-game warmups, so we could see Ajinca in the starting lineup for a couple more games. He's not going to be as good as he was tonight, so only owners in deep leagues should have interest here.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 01:19:00 AM

Alexis Ajinca started for Omer Asik (back) on Monday, lasting 16 minutes with six points, seven rebounds and one block.

Ajinca had a few nice moments but he's basically a magnet for would-be scorers to pad their stats at the foul line. Needless to say that doesn't help him in fantasy leagues.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 01:37:00 AM

Alexis Ajinca will start against the Blazers on Monday.

Omer Asik (back) is out, but Ajinca probably won't play too much with Ryan Anderson more than capable of playing power forward next to Anthony Davis. He's only a deep-league play.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 09:40:00 PM

Pelicans C Alexis Ajinca finished Tuesday's season opener with two points and no other stats in two minutes of garbage time.

Ajinca could never gain a steady foothold in fantasy leagues last season, despite the Pelicans' utter lack of depth, and the arrival of Omer Asik ensures that he'll have a negligible bench role in 2014-15.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:51:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca will play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He added some muscle to his frame, but the addition of Omer Asik really hurts his chances for minutes and production. Ajinca can be ignored in most leagues.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 06:05:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason.

We're almost at training camp, so there won't be many more "Player X added Y pounds of muscle" stories this year. Ajinca wasn't very effective after the break last year due to fouling a whopping 3.9 times per game in just 19.2 minutes. He'll be on the bench most of the time with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis holding down the center spot.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca has decided not to play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

With his wife expected to give birth during the tournament, Ajinca has decided to stay home rather than join Team France. "This is a blow," France coach Vincent Collet said of losing his starting center, "but we must move forward with those who are there." Despite his importance to his national team, Ajinca doesn't hold the same importance with the New Orleans Pelicans and won't be much of a fantasy factor playing behind Anthony Davis and Omer Asik in 2014-15.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:06:00 AM

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.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 11:16:00 PM

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.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 12:36:00 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.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 12:01:00 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.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 11:12:00 PM

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All Positions
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Nate Wolters
3Jimmer Fredette
SG1Eric Gordon
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Quincy Pondexter
3Luke Babbitt
4John Salmons
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
3Dante Cunningham
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey