Okafor amassed 13 points (4-8 FG, 5-10 FT), nine rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes during Friday's 117-116 win over the Knicks.
Okafor started at center while Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes received the night off for rest. Favors is the unquestioned starting center, and Hayes and Nicolo Melli will see some time there as well. Still, Okafor could be among those that see a small boost in value during the early season absence of Zion Williamson (knee).
Okafor is starting Friday's preseason game against the Knicks, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Derrick Favors was initially in the starting lineup at center, but the team elected to make a last-minute change, giving Okafor the opportunity to run with the first team.
Okafor (knee) will be available for Friday's preseason game against the Jazz, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Okafor was added to the injury report Thursday due to a bruised right knee, but it looks like it wasn't anything too serious. Okafor played 18 minutes in his last time out against Chicago, and he'll have his workload limited again Friday, per Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Okafor is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Jazz with a right knee contusion.
Okafor's status should clear up closer to tip-off. The big man played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Wednesday, finishing with 13 points (5-5 FG) and three rebounds.
Okafor is likely to still have a limited role in New Orleans, as the Pelicans have drafted two frontcourt players in Zion Williamson and Jaxon Hayes in the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery.
New Orleans exercised its team option on Okafor for the 2019-20 season on Thursday due to his surprisingly productive tenure with the team last season. While that was reason for hope in terms of his potential playing time, the drafting of Hayes, an athletic center out of Texas, is cause to pump the brakes on that optimism. An Okafor and Williamson pairing provided spacing concerns from the start, and it now seems like Hayes will have the edge on Okafor out of the gate given the draft capital spent on him. Still, assuming Julius Randle does not re-sign, Okafor figures to see relatively healthy minutes providing depth in the frontcourt.
The Pelicans exercised Okafor's team option for the 2019-20 season Thursday, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Okafor was surprisingly productive during his tenure with the Pelicans last season and may have extended his NBA career as a result. At a cheap price, keeping Okafor was a no-brainer for New Orleans this season, and depending on what the team does this offseason, he could play a prominent role in the team's frontcourt this year.
Okafor collected 30 points (15-24 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 112-103 loss to the Warriors.
Okafor poured in a season high scoring total in the season finale. Given that he stepped up on numerous occasions over the course of the campaign, it's likely the Pelicans will opt to keep Okafor around next season, especially considering his modest contract.
Okafor compiled 23 points (10-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 35 minutes in the Pelicans' 133-129 win over the Kings on Sunday.
Okafor drew the start with both Anthony Davis (back) and Julius Randle (rest) sitting out the contest. The 2015 third overall pick's double-double was his first since Feb. 4, and he's now scored in double digits in four of the last five games overall. Okafor has proven his worth as a part of the frontcourt rotation when given sufficient minutes this season, and he's gotten expanded opportunity more often since the trade deadline with Davis' minutes capped.
Okafor started at center and contributed 15 points (7-8 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes Sunday in the Pelicans' 130-102 loss to the Lakers.
Okafor was supremely efficient from the field during his time on the floor, but he failed to slow down his counterpart at center, JaVale McGee, who finished with 23 points and 16 boards in 33 minutes. Though Anthony Davis (back) remained sidelined for a third straight game and Julius Randle (finger) exited early, Okafor's deficiencies on the defensive end might make it difficult for him to hit the 30-minute mark if both injured players are sidelined Wednesday against the Hornets. Christian Wood looks like the best bet among the Pelicans' frontcourt options to deliver fantasy value during the team's three-game week.
Okafor will start Thursday's game against the Kings, Pelicans studio host Daniel Sallerson reports.
With Anthony Davis (back) going from "probable" to "out," Okafor will fill the vacant spot in the starting lineup at center. The Duke product had a nice run of fantasy utility in January and February, but his minutes -- and production -- have been more sporadic over the last few weeks.
Okafor will come off the bench Saturday against the Suns, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
With Anthony Davis (rest) returning to the starting five, Okafor will resume his usual role off the bench. In six March appearances, he's averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds across 12.2 minutes.
Okafor will draw a spot start Friday against Portland, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Okafor will stand in at center in place of Anthony Davis, who is receiving the night off for rest purposes. Okafor was held to a mere two points and three rebounds over 17 minutes in his last start Mar. 8 against Toronto.
Okafor had four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and three rebounds in eight minutes during Sunday's 128-116 loss to the Hawks.
Okafor had been listed as questionable after leaving Friday's game with a sprained left ankle. While he was able to give it a go in this one, Okafor earned single-digit minutes for the fourth time in his last six appearances. At this point it seems he's only worthy of consideration on nights that Anthony Davis is resting.
Okafor (ankle) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Hawks, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Okafor will come off the bench after previously being listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain. He's averaging a mere 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds over his last six games.
Okafor (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Okafor is questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta after suffering a left ankle sprain in Friday's game against Toronto. If he's unable to go, Cheick Diallo could be in line for heavy minutes with Anthony Davis (back) also listed as questionable.
Okafor has been ruled out for the remainder of Friday's game against Toronto due to a left ankle sprain.
Things are looking bleak for the Pelicans, as they're now without Okafor, Anthony Davis (back), E'Twaun Moore (quad) and Jrue Holiday (abdomen). Look for Cheick Diallo, Julius Randle and Stanley Johnson to shoulder the load in the frontcourt for the remainder of Friday's clash.
Okafor (ankle) will play and start in Friday's matchup with the Raptors, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Anthony Davis (back) is a late scratch for the contest, so Okafor will get the starting nod. He has averaged 14.3 points and 7.7 boards across 26.0 minutes in 15 starts this season.
Okafor is questionable for Friday's game against the Raptors due to a sprained right ankle.
Okafor has emerged from Wednesday's loss to the Jazz with a sprained ankle. While it doesn't appear to be serious, his status for Friday is in jeopardy. More information may arrive following the Pelicans' morning shootaround.
Okafor had three points (1-3 FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in five minutes during Wednesday's 114-104 loss to the Jazz.
Okafor did about as much damage as one can in such limited action. He came into the game nursing the sprained left ankle that forced him to miss Monday's matchup with the Jazz, so that could've played a part in his minimal minutes load. However, this is the third time in his last four appearances that Okafor has earned eight minutes or less.
Okafor (ankle) will be able to play in Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
After missing Monday's game against Utah due to a left ankle sprain, Okafor will be available for Wednesday's rematch. In 44 appearances this year, Okafor's averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game.
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