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PELICAN PLAYER PROFILE: ALEXIS AJINCA

The Pelican’s Eye View is featuring a player a day on  the Pelican Player Profile. This series is introducing Pelicans or general basketball fans to the teams 2017 players & staff overall.

The Pelican Player Profile discusses player history, stats & current projections for the upcoming season while granting a familiarity with the pro. 

Here’s tonight’s PPP: ALEXIS AJINCA (#42) Height: 7-2 Weight: 250 lbs

Alexis Ajinca is a 7 year NBA journeyman center who was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in first round (pick 20) back on 2008. The France born center spent his 1st couple of years in Charlotte bouncing back and forth in the NBA D-League playing a total of 37 games in actual NBA play. In July of 2010, Ajinça was traded to the Dallas Mavericks along with Tyson Chandler for Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll, Ed Nejera’ and cash.

Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat
MIAMI – DECEMBER 08: Alexis Ajinca #21 of the Charlotte Bobcats shoots a free throw while taking on the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 8, 2008 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Alexis played a total of 10 games with 2 starts before he was again traded to the Toronto Raptors in January of 2011. He played just 24 games north of the border averaging 4.8 ppg before leaving to play 2 years overseas for Paris-Levallois, Hyeres-Toulon &  Strasbourg.

Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets
DENVER, CO – MARCH 21: Alexis Ajinca #42 of the Toronto Raptors and Kosta Koufos #41 of the Denver Nuggets battle for position at the Pepsi Center on March 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Raptors 123-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

On February of 2013 Ajinca inked a 2 year $1.6 million prove it deal with the New Orleans Pelicans and had his best averages at the time. The Pelican big man played well enough to earn a second contract for 4 years at $20.2 million with yearly average of $5 million. The Pelican reserve center has averaged career best in 4 years for New Orleans with 6.o ppg & 4.7 rebs obviously finding a home in The Big Easy.

New Orleans Pelicans v San Antonio Spurs
SAN ANTONIO,TX – OCTOBER 29: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs is fouled by Alexis Ajinca #42 of the New Orleans Pelicans during game between New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on October 29, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

The outlook for Alexis Ajinca is very simple. He is the best center off the bench but due to the fact Omer Asik most likely can’t be moved & Ajinca contract is trade-able he his mostly a subject of trade. GM Dell Demps definitely will include Alexis Ajinca & Etwaun Moore in any future trades. It’s too bad because Ajinca has found his game in a Pelican uniform hopefully the Pells can move Asik & keep double AA in The Big Easy.

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