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 27)
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.

Junior career[edit]

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

Professional career[edit]

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[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.

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
Career 195 44 12.6 .514 .324 .818 3.6 .5 .3 .6 5.1

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[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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