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Alexis Ajinça

Alexis Ajinça
Ajinça with New Orleans Pelicans in January 2014
No. 42 – New Orleans Pelicans
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-05-06) May 6, 1988
Saint-Étienne, France
Nationality French
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2007 Pau-Orthez (France)
2007–2008 Hyères-Toulon (France)
20082010 Charlotte Bobcats
2009 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2009–2010 Maine Red Claws (D-League)
2010–2011 Dallas Mavericks
2011 Toronto Raptors
2011 Hyères-Toulon (France)
2011–2013 SIG Strasbourg (France)
2013–present New Orleans Pelicans
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Alexis Ajinça (born May 6, 1988) is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m), 248 lb (112 kg; 17.7 st) Center (basketball).

Junior career

From 2003–2006, he played junior basketball for INSEP Centre Federal.

Professional career

In 2006, he joined Pau-Orthez for the 2006–07 season. In 2007, he joined Hyères-Toulon for the 2007–08 season.

Ajinça was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.[1] On March 9, 2009, he was assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. On April 20, 2009, he was recalled by the Bobcats.

On October 29, 2009, the Bobcats exercised their third-year team option on Ajinça, thus keeping him under contract through 2010–11 season.[2]

On November 30, 2009, he was assigned to the Maine Red Claws. He was recalled on February 2, 2010.[3]

On July 13, 2010, Ajinça was traded to the Dallas Mavericks along with Tyson Chandler for Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll, Eduardo Najera, and cash considerations.[4]

On January 24, 2011, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors.[5]

On November 2, 2011, Ajinça joined Paris-Levallois for a one-week try-out.[6] On November 8, he left Paris-Levallois.[7] On November 10, he joined Hyeres-Toulon.[8] He left Hyeres-Toulon after two games.

On December 29, 2011, he signed with SIG Strasbourg for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[9] In August 2012, he re-signed with Strasbourg for the 2012–13 season.[10]

In August 2013, he re-signed with Strasbourg for the 2013–14 season.[11] On December 18, 2013, he left Strasbourg.[12] On December 20, 2013, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[13] On February 27, 2015, he scored a career-high 24 points off the bench in the Pelicans' 104-102 win over the Miami Heat.[14]

On July 9, 2015, he re-signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[15]

French national team

Ajinça has played internationally for the senior men's French national basketball team. He represented France at the EuroBasket 2013.

International stats

Tournament Games played Points per game Rebounds per game Assists per game
2013 EuroBasket 11 9.1 7.0 0.6

Career statistics

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Charlotte 31 4 5.9 .362 .000 .714 1.0 .1 .2 .2 2.3
2009–10 Charlotte 6 0 5.0 .500 .000 .000 .7 .0 .2 .2 1.7
2010–11 Dallas 10 2 7.5 .375 .429 .667 1.7 .2 .3 .5 2.9
2010–11 Toronto 24 0 11.0 .465 .333 .733 2.5 .3 .3 .6 4.8
2013–14 New Orleans 56 30 17.0 .544 .000 .836 4.9 .7 .4 .8 5.9
2014–15 New Orleans 68 8 14.1 .550 .000 .818 4.6 .7 .3 .8 6.5
Career 195 44 12.6 .514 .324 .818 3.6 .5 .3 .6 5.1

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 New Orleans 4 0 3.3 1.000 .000 .000 .3 .3 .3 .0 2.7
Career 4 0 3.3 1.000 .000 .000 .3 .3 .3 .0 2.7

Euroleague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2006–07 Pau-Orthez 2 0 4.2 .000 .000 .000 1.5 .0 .0 .0 .0 -3.0
2013–14 SIG Strasbourg 9 9 25.5 .553 .000 .757 5.4 1.7 .9 .9 17.1 17.2
Career 11 9 21.6 .534 .000 .757 4.7 1.4 .7 .7 14.0 13.5

Personal

On October 12, 2014, Ajinça and his wife, Courtney, gave birth to their first child, Carter.[16]

See also

References

  1. ^ Bobcats Select Augustin, Ajinca and Weaver in 2008 NBA Draft
  2. ^
  3. ^ 09-10 Transactions
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ Paris-Levallois announced the arrival for a 1-week tryout of Ajinca
  7. ^ Alexis Ajinca leaves Paris-Levallois
  8. ^ Alexis Ajinca returns to Hyeres-Toulon
  9. ^ SIG Strasbourg signs big man Alexis Ajinca
  10. ^ SIG Strasbourg keeps Alexis Ajinca
  11. ^ Alexis Ajinca re-signs with SIG Strasbourg
  12. ^ Alexis Ajinca leaves SIG Strasbourg to join New Orleans Pelicans
  13. ^ PELICANS SIGN AJINCA
  14. ^ Ajinca lifts Pelicans past Heat, 104-102
  15. ^
  16. ^ Christmas is special day for NBA; this year it’s even more memorable for Pelicans’ Alexis Ajinca, John Salmons

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
  • Alexis Ajinça at draftexpress.com
  • Alexis Ajinça at eurobasket.com
  • Alexis Ajinça at euroleague.net
  • Alexis Ajinça at lnb.fr (French)
  • Alexis Ajinça on Twitter
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