Alexis Ajinça

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Alexis Ajinça
20140101 Alexis Ajinça.JPG
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 (age 28)
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
Playing 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 (French pronunciation: ​[alɛksi aʒɛ̃sa]; born May 6, 1988) is a French professional basketball player 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.

Junior career[edit]

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

Professional career[edit]

Pau-Orthez (2006–2007)[edit]

In 2006, he joined Pau-Orthez for the 2006–07 season.

Hyères-Toulon (2007–2008)[edit]

In 2007, he joined Hyères-Toulon for the 2007–08 season.

Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2010)[edit]

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 the 2010–11 season.[2]

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

Dallas Mavericks (2010–2011)[edit]

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]

Toronto Raptors (2011)[edit]

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

Return to Hyeres-Toulon (2011)[edit]

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.

SIG Strasbourg (2011–2013)[edit]

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]

New Orleans Pelicans (2013–present)[edit]

On December 20, 2013, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[13] On February 27, 2015, he scored a then 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] On April 8, 2016, he recorded career highs with 28 points and 15 rebounds in a 110–102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[16]

French national team[edit]

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

International stats[edit]

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

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

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, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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
2015–16 New Orleans 59 17 14.6 .476 .000 .839 4.6 .5 .3 .6 6.0
Career 254 61 13.1 .503 .316 .807 3.8 .5 .3 .6 5.3

Playoffs[edit]

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

Euroleague[edit]

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 life[edit]

Married Courtney Sadler on March 10, 2014.

On October 12, 2014, Ajinça's wife, Courtney, gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Carter.[17]

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