Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Pelicans coach Monty Williams likes what Omer Asik can bring to the team.

"Omer is a defensive center that rebounds and plays great position defense and he has great drive and character," said Williams. That pretty much sums up what Omer will bring to your fantasy squad, rebounding, some shot blocking, and not much else. Asik can be viewed as a rebounding specialist, and because of his minimal contributions in other statistical categories, he shouldn't be targeted until the very late rounds of drafts.
Sep 22 - 4:50 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.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 12:04 PM

Omer Asik said he just wants to defend and rebound with the Pelicans this season.

When Anthony Davis heard about that comment, his smile was "like Kool-Aid Man," but thankfully he didn't bust through any walls. Asik won't be asked to score much and will likely just be a two-category fantasy asset. Plus, he's not a great free throw shooter. Fantasy owners shouldn't look to target him until the last round or so.
Sep 17 - 7:41 PM

Anthony Davis averaged 12.3 points, 6.6 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.1 blocks in just 20 minutes per game at the FIBA World Cup.

Those blocks are good for a per-36-minute average of 3.8 and Davis was a big reason why Team USA did well defending the rim. He's 21 years old and it seems only an injury can keep him down.
Sep 15 - 1:01 PM

Omer Asik averaged 9.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.7 steals in his seven FIBA World Cup games.

The blocks are the most surprising. Asik only had career-high 1.1 blocks per game in his 30.0 minutes per game in 2012-13. He is very likely to start for the Pelicans this year, but he's not a lock for 26-plus minutes because the team will have to figure out how to play Ryan Anderson off the bench, which will slide Anthony Davis to center.
Sep 14 - 9:42 AM

Tyreke Evans (knee) said he's not all the way back from his arthroscopic knee surgery.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time, working on the strength in my knee and just coming in and getting up shots," Evans said. He's expected to be close to 100 percent in the coming weeks from his surgery back in May. It's still unclear if he's going to be come off the bench or start, but his fantasy value shouldn't be affected too much regardless of coach Monty Williams' decision.
Sep 13 - 10:27 AM

Jrue Holiday (leg) participated in a contact practice on Thursday.

It's the first time he's taken on contact since being diagnosed with a stress fracture to his right tibia back in January. Holiday was taking part in workouts last month, but taking contact already bodes well for him being 100 percent at training camp. He was fantastic before his injury in his first year with the Pelicans, so he could be a nice value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: NOLA.com
Sep 11 - 7:20 PM

Ryan Anderson (neck) is getting back in shape and expects to "play with the guys" next week.

Anderson said he is increasing contact after working conservatively through rehab and started running in early August at a 24-hour gym in Sacramento. The 26-year-old added that his neck injury last season helped re-ignite his passion for the game and get mentally stronger. While Anderson will likely come off the bench for the Pelicans in 2014-15, he will be a valuable 3-point asset for fantasy owners if they're willing to take the risk on him in the middle rounds of drafts.
Sep 11 - 1:39 PM

Jimmer Fredette says the New Orleans Pelicans have told him that his role with the team will be to just be himself and score.

Fredette has had a difficult time being his college self during his three NBA seasons as he's only averaged 6.9 points, 1.0 3-pointers, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 179 career games. While he could help fantasy owners in deep fantasy leagues in the 3-pointer category, The Jimmer is better left undrafted in standard leagues.
Sep 11 - 1:18 PM

David Anderson has signed with ASVEL Villeurbanne of the French Pro A league.

Anderson's deal is reportedly for two years and will likely squash any chance of the 34-year-old returning to the NBA. Anderson last played in the NBA during the 2010-11 season and holds no fantasy value outside of fantasy leagues that incorporate French Pro A league stats.
Sep 11 - 12:03 PM

The Pelicans have reached agreement on a contract with G Dionte Christmas, according to RealGM and Sportando.

Christmas isn't going to be someone you want to draft in fantasy, as the Pelicans are pretty deep at the guard position. There's also no word on whether it's a training camp invite or a contract that could put him on the opening-night roster.
Source: Sportando
Sep 10 - 9:10 PM

Omer Asik scored 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks during Turkey's semi-final loss to Lithuania on Tuesday.

Turkey's FIBA World Cup of Basketball run will end in the quarterfinals, but Asik had a strong showing during the tournament. The 28-year-old gutted through flu-like symptoms on Tuesday and will now prepare to provide fantasy owners with above average rebounding numbers that should him him pegged as a late-round target on draft day.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 9 - 1:39 PM

Omer Asik (flu) is in the starting lineup for Team Turkey's quarterfinal matchup against Lithuania at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

Despite experiencing flu-like symptoms, Asik was able to start at center on Tuesday for the Turkish national team. Asik has cooled off after a hot start to the tournament, but still makes for a solid late-round pick in fantasy leagues due to his potential to post gaudy rebounding numbers.
Sep 9 - 11:21 AM

Jimmer Fredette is excited to get a fresh start in New Orleans, and has been working hard this offseason to improve his defense.

"I've worked on a lot of different things," Fredette said. "The pick-and-roll game is real big in the NBA, so I've worked on that both offensively and defensively. I think being in Chicago helped me out on defensive schemes being able to get into the right positioning. I think that's improved my game." Fredette also added that Pelicans management wants him to "score the basketball," and they brought him in to be a 3-point threat off the bench. However, Fredette's career averages are unimpressive to say the least, and with a very crowded backcourt it would be shocking to see Fredette suddenly emerge into fantasy relevance during his fourth NBA season. He's not a target in standard leagues.
Sep 8 - 6:54 PM

Kevin Jones agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the Pelicans.

It's just a training camp deal for Jones, who didn't get to play in the NBA after the Cavs waived him back in July 2013. He was up and down with the Cavs and their D-League team back in the 2012-13 season.
Sep 8 - 10:43 AM


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