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Omer Asik | Center

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 255
College: Turkey
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Omer Asik said that he has no hard feelings toward the Houston Rockets and that he was grateful for his time with the team.
"I just really want to thank all the fans and all the support I had in Houston," he said. "I want to thank everyone in the organization and especially my teammates. I really enjoyed my time in Houston." Asik will see more of an opportunity in New Orleans than he did in Houston and should provide solid value for fantasy owners looking for rebounds and blocks at the end of their drafts. Aug 14 - 12:03 PM

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James Harden spoke highly of Omer Asik in a recent interview, specifically citing his defense.

"He brings a defensive effort. He’s going to do everything right on defense," said Harden. "He’s going to be a leader out there. All he wants to do is win. When you get a guy like that on your team, that’s always great. The Pelicans got a tremendous player in Omer." Omer should have a nice season as the starting center in New Orleans. He won't give you very much scoring, but he's a rebounding dynamo and should provide decent late-round value.
Aug 1 - 2:34 PM

The NBA has officially approved the trade between the Pelicans, Wizards, and Rockets that will send Omer Asik to New Orleans.

The deal will go down as a three-team trade that sends Asik, Omri Casspi and $1.5 million to New Orleans, Trevor Ariza, Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson, and New Orleans' protected first-round pick in 2015 to Houston, and Melvin Ely and a $8.5 million trade exception to Washington. Asik only averaged 5.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14, but he should serve a solid late-round pick with his numbers poised to see a boost in New Orleans.
Jul 15 - 1:24 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Rockets are set to deal C Omer Asik to the Pelicans for a future first-round draft pick and $1.5 million.

This should be about a done deal and it's a big move for the Pelicans, who had a lot of injury and depth problems at center last season. Look for Asik to start alongside Anthony Davis next season, and look for his fantasy value to take a nice jump now that he no longer has to deal with Dwight Howard. As for the Rockets, they're clearly making monetary space in hopes of acquiring LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. Additionally, Michael McNamara is reporting that the Pelicans have to trade Austin Rivers or Eric Gordon in order to take on Asik, so there's likely more to come in this deal after the draft.

Sam Amick is reporting that the Rockets have deals lined up for both C Omer Asik and PG Jeremy Lin, but they only want to move them if they have a shot at landing Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.

Every team in the league seems to have interest in Melo and LeBron, so whether the Rockets will be able to land either star remains in doubt. But it does sound like they have a plan in place in case either player wants to go play in Houston with Dwight Howard and James Harden.
Jun 23 - 12:46 AM

Omer Asik started against the Blazers in Game 3 on Friday, finishing with seven points, eight boards, two assists and one block

He guarded LaMarcus Aldridge for much of this game and did a decent job, keeping him near the baseline rather than in the high post. Asik will likely start again on Sunday night.
Apr 26 - 2:18 AM

Omer Asik will start at power forward against the Blazers on Friday night.

This will move Terrence Jones to the bench and it's mostly due to LaMarcus Aldridge having a field day in the first two games of this series. Asik fared better than Jones in both games and it'll be interesting to see how much of an overhaul the Rockets' rotation gets tonight.
Apr 25 - 9:23 PM

Omer Asik said on Tuesday that he wants another chance to guard LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 2 on Wednesday.

"The first thing is to stop LaMarcus Aldridge," Asik said. "He killed us almost last game and going into this game, we have to do our best to help him stop a little bit more." Coach Kevin McHale added his team will do some stuff differently and and sounds like he could make some calls on the fly. Aldridge got way too deep in the paint against Terrence Jones quite often in Game 1, so look for the Rockets to use that defensive matchup less.
Apr 22 - 7:48 PM

Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that "it's possible" he'll pair Dwight Howard and Omer Asik for stretches vs. the Trail Blazers.

"We haven’t done it a lot lately," he said. "They were effective earlier [this season] at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we’re having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him." Terrence Jones will get the first chance to slow Aldridge down, but he struggled with the matchup this season and his success or failure will be a key facet of Houston's first-round matchup.
Apr 19 - 11:45 AM

Omer Asik will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

He's getting some rest tonight as the Rockets prepare for the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. Donatas Motiejunas will back up Dwight Howard tonight.
Apr 16 - 7:01 PM

Omer Asik put up a double-double vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 boards and one assist in 24 minutes.

Dwight Howard (ankle) wasn't too close to returning tonight, but that could change on Friday vs. the Wolves. Asik owners probably shouldn't make a proactive cut or anything just because he's been filling up the stat sheets. Although, his value will take a massive hit upon Howard's return, so they'll want to check for updates.
Apr 10 - 12:53 AM

Omer Asik had 10 points, 15 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday's easy win over the Lakers.

The Lakers are an embarrassment right now and this game was well over by the start of the fourth quarter. Asik was somewhat overshadowed by the strong play of teammate Terrence Jones (33 points, 7 rebounds), but posted a nice line of his own. Dwight Howard may be back in action soon to try to get into game shape for the playoffs, but as long as he's out, Asik is a must-play.
Apr 9 - 1:19 AM

Omer Asik dominated the glass in Sunday's comeback win, tying his career-high with 23 rebounds in 43 minutes of action.

Asik set his career-high on Tuesday and he hasn't taken his foot off the gas, adding 18 points, three steals and three blocks in a phenomenal performance vs. Denver. Dwight Howard (ankle) remains day-to-day and could play as soon as Tuesday vs. the Lakers, so fantasy owners should enjoy Asik's gaudy numbers while they last.
Apr 6 - 10:10 PM

Omer Asik had nine points, 15 rebounds, one steal and no blocks in Wednesday's loss at Toronto.

Even in a back-to-back spot, Asik played 32 minutes and dominated the defensive glass. With Dwight Howard (ankle) out of the last three games, Asik is averaging 11.0 points, 16.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. Howard is very questionable for Friday's game against the Thunder.
Apr 2 - 10:40 PM

Omer Asik grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds on Tuesday, adding 12 points, one steal and two blocks in a tough road loss to the Nets.

Houston is averaging 110.5 points over the past five games, trailing only the streaking Spurs, but their defense continues to betray them despite Asik's best efforts. Dwight Howard (ankle) is technically day-to-day but he's not expected to play this week, leaving Asik with a clear path to playing time for at least a few more games.
Apr 1 - 11:03 PM

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SF1Tyreke Evans
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PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey
4Patric Young