Alexis Ajinca C NO 3 Days

Ajinca has a mental coach that helps him cope with playing a role that often fluctuates from him playing big minutes to not playing at all from game to game, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Several players use sports psychologists who help them deal with the unique pressure and stress of being a professional athlete. Whatever Ajinca is doing has been great. In the four games Ajinca has been used a spot starter, he's put up 7.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 19 minutes. When Anthony Davis misses games, Ajinca has been a great buy in daily games.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 8 Days

Ajinca scored eight points (3-8 FG, 2-5 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes Monday against the Knicks.

Ajinca has seen increased playing time in the last three games with Anthony Davis (toe) out and he is averaging 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds over that stretch. He is a nice daily option until Davis can return, but expect him to resume his limited bench role when Davis gets healthy.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 1 Month

Ajinca has worked his way back into the rotation over the last week, averaging nearly 12 minutes per game while shooting 63.2 percent from the floor.

Ajinca has been in and out of the rotation this season for coach Monty Williams. He won't see consistent playing time unless an injury occurs to starting center Omer Asik.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 2 Months

Ajinca started in place of the injured Omer Asik (back) and scored 12 points (3-4 FG, 6-6 FT) while grabbing eight rebounds in 21 minutes against the Nuggets Friday.

Ajinca has averaged 19 minutes per game during Asik's absence. He can be a decent short-term source of points and rebounds for streaming managers as long as Asik remains out.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 2 Months

Ajinca will man center for the inactive Omer Asik (back) on Monday in Portland, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Ajinca has averaged a measly 8.5 minutes per game on the season, with two DNPs in eight contests, but a boost to his workload can be expected. While he's unlikely to approach a full complement of minutes due to the presence of Jeff Withey and Ryan Anderson in the frontcourt, Ajinca has posted per-36 output of 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in his brief run, which could be profitable if a streaming option is required.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 3 Months

Ajinca never left the bench during Monday's loss to the Cavaliers.

The silver lining for Ajinca is that fellow center Jeff Withey didn't make an appearance either. Instead, coach Monty Williams decided to roll with Ryan Anderson as his only backup big man. Ajinca has only been playing sparingly when he does get in the game, averaging 6.8 minutes per game.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 3 Months

Ajinca is currently buried on the depth chart and has only made an appearance in three games this season.

There's not much room for Ajinca to operate when Anthony Davis and Omer Asik are occupying the frontcourt. Ajinca's minutes have been a casualty of this phenomena and there's no reason to believe it will change as the season progresses.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 4 Months

Ajinca (quad/hamstring) played 11 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's preseason game against the Wizards, scoring four points (2-2 FG) with four rebounds and two blocks.

As long as he stays healthy, Ajinca should be Omer Asik's primary backup at center for the Pelicans, although that's no guarantee he'll see even the modest 17 minutes per game he got last season.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 4 Months

Ajinca (quad, hamstring) has missed the last two days of practice due to injury, the Times-Picayune reports.

Ajinca, who has worked with coaches all summer in an effort to get stronger and more productive around the rim, strained his quad and hamstring in practice Wednesday, reducing him to a spectator role. The favorite for minutes behind Omer Asik at center, Ajinca's injury could open the door for second-year man Jeff Withey or rookie Patric Young to prove they deserve time on the floor.

Alexis Ajinca C NO 6 Months

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.