Asik tallied six points (3-4 FG), 12 rebounds, and two assists across 29 minutes in Saturday's 99-84 loss to the Cavaliers. Asik's done a solid job clearing the glass lately with double-digit boards in four of the last six games, but he's a liability in just about every other category. He's scored no more than eight points during that six-game stretch, and is averaging only 0.5 blocks, 0.4 assists, and 0.2 steals on the season.
Asik played only six minutes in Monday's 112-111 loss to the Rockets, finishing with three points (1-1 FG, 1-2 FT) and two rebounds. Though the Pelicans were without Anthony Davis (concussion) for the entire second half, Asik still didn't benefit from a bump in usage, as coach Alvin Gentry elected to stick with more small-ball configurations to counter the Rockets' own undersized lineup. Asik will likely see a big bump in usage in Thursday's matchup with the Kings and their big, lanky frontcourt of DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein, but he still probably can't be counted on to provide much fantasy value beyond the rebounds category.
Asik registered eight points (4-9 FG) and 13 rebounds (eight offensive) over 29 minutes in Wednesday's 109-97 victory over the Kings. Don't look now, but despite being largely a sinkhole of fantasy production throughout the season, Asik has now amassed 11 or more boards in three straight games. He's still not providing much consistent offensive production and is averaging only 3.1 points on 47 percent shooting from the field and 61.1 percent shooting from the free-throw line for the season, but those in deep leagues looking for rebounding help may be content to overlook those warts.
Asik finished with two points (1-1 FG), three rebounds, and an assist across 18 minutes in Friday's 94-88 overtime loss to the Heat. Asik has vaulted back ahead of Alexis Ajinca on the Pelicans' depth chart at center, starting each of the last five games. Though Ajinca missed three of those contests due to a calf injury, he was active Friday, though he didn't see the court. For now, it appears Asik will continue to stick in a starting role and see around 15-to-25 minutes per contest, but he's just not producing enough to warrant ownership outside of the deepest of leagues. Even while averaging 20 minutes of court time over the last five contests, Asik has provided 3.4 points and 4.6 boards per game.
Asik returned to the starting lineup for Wednesday's 104-94 win over the Jazz, playing 20 minutes and producing two points (1-2 FG) and five rebounds. Despite the huge contract that he agreed to in the offseason, Asik has been marginalized in coach Alvin Gentry's up-tempo system, and despite his upgrade in playing time Wednesday, we're skeptical that a nightly 20-plus minute role will continue to remain in store for the Turkish center. In addition to be an ill fit for Gentry's scheme, Asik has made matters worse by shooting 38.5 percent from the season, a deplorable mark for any player, much less one who plays exclusively near the rim.
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