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9 Jahlil Okafor C

New Orleans Pelicans

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November 20, 2020 07:52 PM
Pistons' Jahlil Okafor: Headed to Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Pistons, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Okafor spent his last two seasons with the Pelicans. He averaged 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds across 15.8 minutes during his tenure there. He is the third new big man that Detroit has added this offseason, as they also signed Mason Plumlee and traded for Dewayne Dedmon. Thus, playing time will not be a given, but with all the new faces the former lottery pick will presumably have an opportunity to earn some type of role with the team.

August 12, 2020 12:32 AM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Scores 21 points off bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor notched 21 points (9-11 FG, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 26 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's loss to the Kings.

Okafor was extremely effective in this game, missing just two field goals and one free throw while posting his third game with 20 or more points this season. Okafor hadn't played in the Orlando bubble, but he is likely to receive a decent run on the court now that the Pelicans are eliminated from playoff contention.

February 5, 2020 04:24 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Not seeing action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (coach's decision) went unused Tuesday in the Pelicans' 120-108 loss to the Bucks.

Aside from a three-minute cameo Jan. 24 against the Nuggets, Okafor hasn't played in any of the Pelicans' other nine games since his 25-point, 14-rebound blowup outing versus the Pistons three weeks ago. He remains firmly behind Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes on the depth chart at center.

January 23, 2020 01:00 AM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Not part of rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (coach's decision) didn't see the floor during Wednesday's 121-117 loss to the Spurs.

Okafor had been listed as probable due to a back injury and was ultimately cleared to play. However, with Derrick Favors (back) returning from a one-game absence, Zion Williamson (knee) making his debut and Jaxson Hayes receiving 16 minutes, there wasn't any playing time left over for Okafor. As such, on nights when the front court is fully healthy Okafor will likely be an afterthought in coach Alvin Gentry's rotation.

January 22, 2020 08:52 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Good to go Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (back) is available to play Wednesday against the Spurs.

The 24-year-old was considered probable with the back issue after missing the last three games, so it's not a major surprise he's back in action Wednesday. Okafor should return to his bench role with Derrick Favors (back) also retaking the court.

January 22, 2020 05:04 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Trending toward return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (back) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

Okafor is on track to return Wednesday after missing the past three games with a back injury. While Okafor tallied 25 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three blocks across 34 minutes in his last appearance, his playing time could be limited Wednesday with Derrick Favors (back) also expected back.

January 21, 2020 05:32 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Could return Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (back) is questionable for Wednesday's game against San Antonio, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

Okafor has missed the last three games with a back injury, and he's once again being considered questionable. Expect an update on the big man's availability as tipoff nears.

January 20, 2020 03:48 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Out again Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (back) will not play Monday against the Grizzlies, Andrew Lopez of reports.

Okafor will remain sidelined for a third straight game as he recovers from a bout of lower-back soreness. With Derrick Favors (back) also unavailable, Jaxson Hayes and Nicolo Melli should see the majority of minutes at center for the Pelicans on Monday. Okafor's next chance to take the court will come Wednesday against the Spurs.

January 20, 2020 02:00 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Questionable on report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pelicans list Okafor (back) as questionable for Monday's game against the Grizzlies.

Lower-back soreness has sidelined Okafor for the past two games, denying him an opportunity to build on the monstrous 25-point, 14-rebound, five-assist outing he turned while starting at center Jan. 13 in Detroit. Given that Derrick Favors has returned from a hamstring injury to play major minutes in the past two games, Okafor likely wouldn't have ranked any higher than second or third on the depth chart even if he had been available.

January 17, 2020 06:16 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Out Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (back) won't play Saturday against the Clippers, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

Okafor is set to miss another game due to a back injury. Jaxson Hayes will continue to pick up the slack while Okafor returns to health.

January 16, 2020 06:32 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Unavailable Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (back) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Jazz, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

Okafor was originally deemed probable due to a back injury, but his status apparently took a turn for the worse prior to Thursday's matchup. With Okafor unavailable, Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes should handle the majority of minutes at center.

January 15, 2020 05:44 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Deemed probable Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor is probable for Thursday's contest against Utah due to a back injury, Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

This is the first report of Okafor's back injury. It doesn't appear to be too severe though, as the center will likely take the floor Thursday. The former Duke standout is currently dropping 8.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 24 appearances for the Pelicans this season.

January 13, 2020 10:36 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Dominant display versus Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor exploded for 25 points (11-21 FG, 3-3 FT), 14 rebounds, five assists and three blocks in 34 minutes during Monday's 117-110 overtime win against the Pistons.

Okafor finished with a season high rebounding total while matching season highs in blocks and minutes. It was a sensational showing for the 24-year-old big man, and with his contract becoming guaranteed recently he seems like a good bet to remain on the team for the duration of the campaign. Still, it's possible Derrick Favors (hamstring) and potentially even Zion Williamson (knee) will be available for Thursday's matchup versus the Jazz, so Okafor may not get a chance to deliver a repeat performance.

January 13, 2020 06:40 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Starting vs. Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor is starting Monday against the Pistons.

Okafor will draw his first start since Dec. 11 against Milwaukee. He'll take the place of Derrick Favors, who's out with a hamstring injury.

January 2, 2020 06:28 AM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Playing time decreasing steadily
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor played just five minutes during the Pelicans' 127-112 win over the Rockets last Sunday. He finished with six points (3-4 FG) and two rebounds.

Since starting against the Bucks on Dec. 11, Okafor's minutes have been decreasing on a consistent basis -- he has four appearances and five DNP designations during New Orleans' subsequent nine games, but he's yet to score 10 or more points in any of those games. The combination of poor production and limited playing time should be enough reason to keep Okafor on waivers in most formats.

December 19, 2019 01:48 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Back on floor Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor totaled just six points and six rebounds in 13 minutes during Wednesday's 107-99 victory over Minnesota.

Okafor re-entered the rotation Wednesday after a period of riding the pine. He appears to be the odd man out in terms of center minutes and is likely to float in and out of the action as determined by the matchup. Derrick Favors is still on a minutes restriction and another injury could happen at any time. Okafor would need Favors to miss time to have any shot at a meaningful role.

December 16, 2019 02:28 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Exits rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Sunday in the Pelicans' 130-119 loss to the Magic.

The Pelicans ran a three-man center rotation in Friday's 116-109 loss to the 76ers, but there was no room for Okafor on Sunday while coach Alvin Gentry turned to Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes to cover all the minutes at the five. Expect Gentry to favor using two centers more often than not, likely leaving Okafor outside the rotation on most occasions. Okafor will likely need a trade of Favors or an injury to Favors or Hayes before resurfacing as a regular option on the second unit.

December 12, 2019 12:44 AM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Gets a surprise start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor had two points (1-3 FG), six assists and three rebounds across 20 minutes in the Pelicans' 127-112 loss to the Bucks on Wednesday night.

Jaxson Hayes was listed as the starter on the confirmed lineup, so the last-minute change was interesting. Luckily for fantasy owners it didn't make much of a difference, as the two bigs continued to split the minutes. Hayes is the better asset to own, but he and Okafor alike will see a downturn in production with Derrick Favors (personal) expected to return shortly.

December 9, 2019 06:28 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Set to start Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor will start Monday's game against Detroit, Andrew Lopez of ESPN reports.

The Pelicans will once again shuffle their starting lineup, this time inserting Okafor at center and moving Jaxson Hayes to the bench. Kenrich Williams will start alongside Okafor in the frontcourt, with Brandon Ingram presumably shifting down to small forward. Okafor played 23 minutes in Saturday's blowout loss to Dallas, but he was a DNP-CD in the previous two contests.

December 3, 2019 11:36 PM
Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Healthy scratch versus Mavericks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the floor during Tuesday's 118-97 loss to the Mavericks.

Okafor drew the start but saw just nine minutes in Sunday's matchup versus the Thunder. Despite the continued absence of Derrick Favors (personal), Okafor didn't play at all in this one, which likely doesn't bode well for his chances of maintaining a decent role once Favors is back in the fold.

Last 7 Games
08/13@ ORLL 127-13317840101
08/11@ SACL 106-112262141102
08/09vs SAL 113-1220000000
08/07vs WASW 118-1070000000
08/06@ SACL 125-1400000000
08/03vs MEMW 109-990000000
08/01@ LACL 103-1260000000
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