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Alexis Ajinça (French pronunciation: ​[alɛksi aʒɛ̃sa]; born May 6, 1988) is a French professional basketball player who last played for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Alexis Ajinça
Alexis Ajinca Pelicans.jpg
Ajinça (front) with the Pelicans in February 2014
Free agent
PositionCenter
Personal information
Born (1988-05-06) May 6, 1988 (age 30)
Saint-Étienne, France
NationalityFrench
Listed height7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High schoolINSEP (Paris, France)
NBA draft2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Playing career2006–present
Career history
2006–2007Pau-Orthez
2007–2008Hyères-Toulon
20082010Charlotte Bobcats
2009Sioux Falls Skyforce
2009–2010Maine Red Claws
2010–2011Dallas Mavericks
2011Toronto Raptors
2011Hyères-Toulon
2011–2013SIG Strasbourg
20132018New Orleans Pelicans
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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Professional careerEdit

Early years (2006–2008)Edit

After attending France's INSEP,[1] Ajinça played for Pau-Orthez and Hyères-Toulon between 2006 and 2008.

Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2010)Edit

Ajinça was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.[2] During his rookie season, he spent time with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League. During his second season with Charlotte, he spent time with the Maine Red Claws.

Dallas Mavericks (2010–2011)Edit

On July 13, 2010, Ajinça was traded, along with Tyson Chandler, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Erick Dampier, Eduardo Nájera, Matt Carroll and cash considerations.[3]

Toronto Raptors (2011)Edit

On January 24, 2011, Ajinça was traded, along with a future second-round draft pick and cash considerations, to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for the draft rights to Georgios Printezis.[4]

Return to France (2011–2013)Edit

On November 2, 2011, Ajinça joined Paris-Levallois for a one-week tryout.[5] He left the team on November 8[6] and joined Hyères-Toulon two days later.[7] He appeared in just two games with Hyères-Toulon before parting ways with the team.

After failing to make a return to the NBA following the conclusion of the NBA lockout,[8] Ajinça returned to France and signed with SIG Strasbourg on December 29, 2011.[9] On August 13, 2012, he re-signed with Strasbourg for the 2012–13 season.[10] On August 6, 2013, he re-signed with Strasbourg for the 2013–14 season.[11] On December 18, 2013, he left Strasbourg to return to the NBA.[12]

New Orleans Pelicans (2013–2018)Edit

On December 20, 2013, Ajinça signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[13] On July 9, 2015, he re-signed with the Pelicans.[14] On April 8, 2016, he recorded career highs with 28 points and 15 rebounds in a 110–102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[15]

On December 7, 2017, after missing all of the 2017–18 season up to that point, Ajinça was ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right patellar tendon, an injury that typically takes four to six months to recover.[16]

On October 15, 2018, Ajinça was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Wesley Johnson.[17] He was waived by the Clippers immediately upon being acquired.[17]

National team careerEdit

In September 2013, Ajinça represented the French national team at EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. He averaged 9.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

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.

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

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
2016–17 New Orleans 39 15 15.0 .500 .000 .725 4.5 .3 .5 .6 5.3
Career 293 76 13.3 .503 .286 .797 3.9 .5 .3 .6 5.3

PlayoffsEdit

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

EuroLeagueEdit

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 lifeEdit

Ajinça and his wife Courtney have two sons, Carter and Caysen.[19][20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alexis Ajinca". draftexpress.com. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Bobcats Select Augustin, Ajinca and Weaver in 2008 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 26, 2008. Archived from the original on June 30, 2008.
  3. ^ "MAVERICKS ACQUIRE CHANDLER AND AJINCA IN FIVE-PLAYER TRADE". NBA.com. July 13, 2010. Archived from the original on July 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "Raptors Acquire Ajinca, Draft Pick And Cash Considerations From Dallas". NBA.com. January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  5. ^ "Paris-Levallois announced the arrival for a 1-week tryout of Ajinca". Sportando.com. November 2, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "Alexis Ajinca leaves Paris-Levallois". Sportando.com. November 8, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "Alexis Ajinca returns to Hyeres-Toulon". Sportando.com. November 10, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "SIG Strasbourg to sign Alexis Ajinca?". Sportando.com. December 26, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "SIG Strasbourg signs big man Alexis Ajinca". Sportando.com. December 29, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "SIG Strasbourg keeps Alexis Ajinca". Sportando.com. August 13, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "Alexis Ajinca re-signs with SIG Strasbourg". Sportando.com. August 6, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  12. ^ "Alexis Ajinca leaves SIG Strasbourg to join New Orleans Pelicans". Sportando.com. December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "PELICANS SIGN AJINCA". NBA.com. December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "Pelicans Re-Sign Ajinca, Asik and Cunningham". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Pelicans beat Lakers, Kobe Bryant 110-102". NBA.com. April 8, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "Alexis Ajinca Medical Update". NBA.com. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Complete Trade With New Orleans". NBA.com. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  18. ^ "Alexis Ajinca". fibaeurope.com. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  19. ^ Eichenhofer, Jim (December 24, 2014). "Christmas is special day for NBA; this year it's even more memorable for Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca, John Salmons". NBA.com. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  20. ^ Eichenhofer, Jim (October 9, 2017). "Alexis Ajinca relishes joys of fatherhood". NBA.com. Retrieved December 7, 2017.

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