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Alexis Ajinca

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New Orleans Pelicans

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Background

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Drafted 20th overall by Charlotte in 2008 NBA Draft……Traded by Charlotte with center Tyson Chandler to Dallas for center Erick Dampier, forwards Eduardo Najera and Matt Carroll and cash considerations 7/13/10…Traded by Dallas with a second-round draft choice and cash considerations to Toronto for the draft rights to Giorgos Printezis 1/24/11…Signed by the New Orleans Pelicans on 12/20/13…Re-signed to multi-year contract by New Orleans 7/9/15.

2015-16 Season:
Averaged 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 59 appearances (17 starts)…Recorded four double-doubles and scored in double figures 12 times and blocked two-plus shots nine times…Shot .476 from the field…Set career highs with 28 points and 15 boards in 37 minutes in a win 4/8 vs. LAL…Notched his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds 4/5 at PHI…Recorded 16 points and a season-high four blocks 4/3 at BKN…Scored 22 points on 10-20 shooting in a career-high 36 minutes 3/24 at IND…Grabbed 12 boards and a career high five steals 1/8 vs. IND…Scored 10 points on 5-of-6 from the floor 12/1 vs. MEM…Scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season 11/18 at OKC.

PROFESSIONAL:
Has averaged 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 13.1 minutes in 254 appearances (61 starts) with Charlotte, Dallas, Toronto, and New Orleans...

2014-15 (New Orleans):
Averaged 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 68 appearances (8 starts)…Recorded five double-doubles and scored in double figures 20 times and blocked two-plus shots nine times… Shot .550 from the field…Made NBA Playoffs debut, appearing in three of New Orleans’ four games against GSW...Scored 17 points and tallied career-highs in field goal attempts (14), assists (four), and steals (three) 3/10 at BKN…Notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds 3/4 vs. DET…Recorded his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds 3/2 at DAL…Scored a career-high 24 points including the go-ahead basket in a win 2/27 vs. MIA…Sunk eight free throws in as many attempts, a career-high 2/11 vs. IND…Recorded a career-high 5 blocks 1/23 at MIN…Notched 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting in a win 1/18 at TOR…Scored 16 points to go along with a career-high 14 boards en route to his second double-double of the season 1/16 at PHI…Recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds vs. POR 12/20 in just 15 minutes of action…Got his first start of the season 11/17 at POR, blocking a shot and scoring six points on three-of-five shooting…

2013-14 (New Orleans):
Averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 56 appearances (30 starts)...Recorded three double-doubles and scored in double figures 13 times and blocked two-plus shots 12 times…Snagged 10 boards to go along with nine points and three blocks in a win 3/28 vs. UTA…Racked up 10 points and seven boards off the bench 3/19 vs. TOR…Recorded his second double-double of the season with an 11 point, 10 rebound effort 3/1 at LAC…Tallied 14 points, eight rebounds, and tied a career high with three assists 2/26 at DAL… Had one of the best game of his career, recording then-career-highs in points (19), FGM (7), FGA (13), OREB (6), and TREB (12) in a losing effort 2/24 vs. LAC…Scored 16 points on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field, while collecting nine rebounds including a then-career-high eight defensive boards 2/12 at MIL…Collected 10 rebounds 2/3 vs. SAS… Tied a then-career-high with three blocked shots on a night where he was a perfect four-of-four from the field 2/1 vs. CHI…Set a then-career-high in blocks 1/24 at DET with three…Led the team in rebounding in his Pelicans debut with 11 at POR 12/21.…

2010-11 (Toronto/Dallas):
Appeared in 10 games and made two starts with Dallas, totaling 29 points, 17 rebounds and 75 minutes before being traded to Toronto on January 4, 2011...Averaged 4.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 11.0 minutes in 24 games with Toronto … Scored in double-digits on three occasions for Toronto … Shot 5-of-6 from the free throw line, both then-career highs, 4/13 vs. MIA …Tied a career-high with two steals 4/11 at MIL ... Recorded then-career highs in assists (3) and minutes played (24), and matched his then-career-high with eight defensive rebounds at GSW on 3/25 ... Scored a season-high 11 points, tying his career highs in three-pointers made and attempted (3-of-5), in 16 minutes 3/21 at DEN...Missed two games (Mar. 9-11) with a sore right knee ... Totaled 10 points 2/22 at CHA ... Scored 10 points 1/28 vs. MIL ...Played six minutes and contributed two points, one rebound and one steal in his Raptors debut 1/26 vs. PHI...

2009-10 (Charlotte):
Appeared in six games with CHA, averaging 1.7 points and 5.0 minutes …

D-League:
Assigned to the Maine Red Claws (11/30 – 2/2), when he suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb that required surgery … In 22 games with Maine, averaged 14.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 26.0 minutes, while shooting 54.6 percent from the field (113-207) and 74.8 percent (95-127) from the free throw line … Named to the Eastern Conference D-League All-Star Team but was unable to play due to injury… Registered a triple-double with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks vs. Austin on Jan. 22, marking the 6th points/rebounds/blocks triple-double in D-League history ...

2008-09 (Charlotte):
Played in 31 games (four starts) as a rookie with CHA … Averaged 2.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in 5.9 minutes … Set a then-career-high with 12 points in 20 minutes at NOH on 12/10 … Led or tied for the team lead in blocks twice and steals twice.



PERSONAL:
Name is pronounced ah-lex-SEE ah-Gin-sa ... Native of Saint Etienne, France …Father was a wrestler from the French Islands and mother is a native of France … Did not start playing basketball until age 12 … Was a world-class BMX rider as a youth, with multiple top-five finishes in the UCI World Championships for his age group, including a second-place finish in 1997… Sister Elodie was a BMX World Champion in 2003 … Lists “Remember the Titans” as his favorite movie and “House of Payne” as his favorite TV show… Likes reggae music …An early entry candidate in the 2008 Draft after spending the previous two seasons playing professionally in his native France.

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Height: 7'2''/ 2.18m
Weight: 248 lbs./ 112.5 kg
Born: May 06, 1988
From: Saint Etienne, France
Draft: 1st Round (20th pick) 2008 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2008
Years Pro: 6
Previous Teams:
  New Orleans Pelicans 2013 - 2015
  Toronto Raptors 2011 - 2011
  Charlotte Bobcats 2010 - 2010
  Toronto Raptors 2010 - 2010
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Prior to NBA/Country: St. Etienne/France

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