Alexis Ajinça facts for kids
Ajinça (front) with the Pelicans in February 2014
|Born||May 6, 1988
|High school||INSEP (Paris, France)|
|Listed height||7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)|
|Listed weight||248 lb (112 kg)|
|NBA Draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall|
|Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats|
|2009||→Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|2009–2010||→Maine Red Claws|
|2013–2018||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
Alexis Ajinça ( born May 6, 1988) is a French professional basketball player who played 9 seasons in the National Basketball Association.
Early years (2006–2008)
After attending France's INSEP, Ajinça played for Pau-Orthez and Hyères-Toulon between 2006 and 2008.
Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2010)
Ajinça was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. 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)
Toronto Raptors (2011)
Return to France (2011–2013)
On November 2, 2011, Ajinça joined Paris-Levallois for a one-week tryout. He left the team on November 8 and joined Hyères-Toulon two days later. 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, Ajinça returned to France and signed with SIG Strasbourg on December 29, 2011. On August 13, 2012, he re-signed with Strasbourg for the 2012–13 season. On August 6, 2013, he re-signed with Strasbourg for the 2013–14 season. On December 18, 2013, he left Strasbourg to return to the NBA.
New Orleans Pelicans (2013–2018)
On December 20, 2013, Ajinça signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. On July 9, 2015, he re-signed with the Pelicans. On April 8, 2016, he recorded career highs with 28 points and 15 rebounds in a 110–102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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.
On October 15, 2018, Ajinça was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Wesley Johnson. He was waived by the Clippers immediately upon being acquired.
ASVEL Basket (2018–2019)
On December 28, 2018, Ajinça returned to France and signed with ASVEL Basket.
National team career
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.
|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|
Ajinça and his wife Courtney have two sons, Carter and Caysen.
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