Alexis Ajinca C NO 1 Day
Ajinca scored a season-high 24 points (9-10 FG, 6-8 FT) and grabbed eight rebounds in only 22 minutes of action Friday in a win over the Heat.
Ajinca has now scored double-digit points in three straight games. However, when Anthony Davis is healthy, Ajinca is immediately going to return the bench, so it's worth leaving him out there for a while on the waiver wire, but he might be worth a flier in some daily formats.
Alexis Ajinca C NO 5 Days
Ajinca scored 16 points (8-12 FG) to go along with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and five turnovers in 27 minutes Monday against the Raptors.
Although Ajinca didn't start Monday, he played significant minutes off of the bench and produced. As long as Anthony Davis (shoulder) continues to be sidelined, Ajinca should see increased fantasy value.
Alexis Ajinca C NO 8 Days
Ajinca returned to the bench Friday against the Magic. He scored two points (1-3 FG) and added one rebound, one assist, and one block in 10 minutes.Though Ajinca has considerable value whenever Anthony Davis or Omer Asik miss a game, he has a hard time making an impact when they are both available.
Alexis Ajinca C NO 17 Days
Ajinca started for Anthony Davis (shoulder) and had 14 points (3-8 FG, 8-8 FT) with seven rebounds in 25 minutesAjinca has played well enough with Davis out. In 24.7 minutes in the last three games, the center from France has averaged 10.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. Davis should be back after the All-Star break, but Ajinca could be a handcuff in deeper leagues.
Alexis Ajinca C NO 19 Days
Ajinca will get the start Monday, Pelicans.com reports.With Anthony Davis (shoulder) ruled out, Ajinca will enter the starting five at power forward alongside Omer Asik. The big man played 22 minutes in Saturday's blowout loss to Chicago, posting 10 points and four boards in 22 minutes. He's proven capable of putting up big numbers when given the chance, however, as evidenced by a three-game stretch in January when he averaged 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in 28.3 minutes.
Alexis Ajinca C NO 21 Days
Ajinca played extended minutes in the wake of Anthony Davis' shoulder injury. He concluded Saturday night's blowout loss with 10 points (5-9 FG, four rebounds, and one block in 22 minutes.
In four games without Anthony Davis (shoulder) this season, Ajinca averaged 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 27.3 minutes with quality percentages for a center. Though he probably won't start, look for Ajinca's role to expand if Davis misses significant time. The Pelicans play two more games prior to the All-Star break, both nights with at least nine games.
Alexis Ajinca C NO 1 Month
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 1 Month
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 2 Months
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 3 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.