The Pelicans spent all season at the whims of their star and got a gift from the basketball gods in the lottery
October 11, 2019, 12:55 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor (right knee contusion) has been ruled out of Friday's preseason matchup vs. the Jazz.
Hopefully the Pelicans are just giving Okafor a game off and this doesn't become something serious. He's looked good this preseason, averaging 12 points and 4.5 rebounds in the two games he's played. He'll provide valuable minutes off the bench for the Pels this season but fantasy owners should look for better options in the later rounds.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
October 10, 2019, 5:44 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor (right knee contusion) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.
This doesn't seem to be a major issue for the 23-year-old center. Okafor figures to play a role off the bench. He is not currently worth drafting in standard redraft leagues but he is someone to watch in case of injuries.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
June 20, 2019, 12:26 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
ESPN's Malika Andrews is reporting the Pelicans will exercise Jahlil Okafor's team option for the 2019-2020 season.
Okafor is due just $1.7 million next season, so this was an easy call. According to Andrews, the Pels staff is impressed by Okafor's work ethic and progress on defense. David Griffin could be in the middle of rebuilding something special in New Orleans. With so many assets, they are just getting started.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 12:16 amJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor finished strong with 30 points, going 15-for-24 from the field with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals in 38 minutes in a home loss to the Warriors in Tuesday night's season finale.
Okafor was just outside the top-250 for the season, which still sounds discouraging for the recent third-overall pick. However, he surprised everyone with some dominant stretches while Anthony Davis sat out. As a starter, Okafor averaged 25.6 minutes, 13.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. The Pelicans have a team option on Okafor next season and they could be in need of a full-time starting center, so keep him in mind.
April 8, 2019, 12:34 amJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor feasted in a start on Sunday against the Kings, playing 35 minutes and scoring 23 points (10-of-14 shooting) to go with 14 rebounds, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
Okafor took full advantage of Anthony Davis and Julius Randle sitting out, and he also played more than both Christian Wood (14 & 7 with a block and two threes in 24 minutes) and Cheick Diallo (8 & 11 with a steal in 29 minutes), which isn't a given even when he's started in the past. We'd still prefer to see Wood and Diallo get more minutes here but if Randle sits again then Okafor is definitely on the board.
April 5, 2019, 9:27 pmAnthony DavisF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis (lower back spasms) has been ruled out of Friday’s game vs. the Suns.
Davis was listed as probable to play before the game but seeing as the same thing happened on Wednesday, we’re not surprised Davis is sitting out another one. Christian Wood and Jahlil Okafor will once again get a shot at putting up some numbers with Wood having the higher upside of the two.
Source: Gerald Bourget on Twitter
March 28, 2019, 11:07 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor started on Thursday night and was able to put up 12 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks on 6-of-8 from the field in 21 minutes.
Okafor started after Cheick Diallo got the nod in the previous game, and this looks like a best-case type of performance from Jah. Tonight Diallo played 16 minutes off the bench and delivered seven points and four rebounds. Christian Wood is far more intriguing than either.
March 16, 2019, 10:27 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor moved back to the bench on Saturday but was still able to post 15 points, three rebounds and a block.
The block salvages this somewhat, as while Okafor went 5-of-7 from the field he also went 5-of-9 from the line. Add it all up and Jah is a situational play for fantasy owners who need scoring, decent efficiency from the field and the occasional block. Cheick Diallo's a better bet on most fronts given his sturdier role.
March 15, 2019, 11:06 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor played 10 minutes in a spot-start for Anthony Davis (rest) on Friday, adding four rebounds and nothing else in a loss to the Blazers.
Okafor got into some early foul trouble and only played 12 minutes but his 10 points was still the most he's scored in six games. Cheick Diallo added four rebounds, three rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes off the bench and both guys are risky plays without a consistent role and with only three games each of the next two weeks.
March 15, 2019, 6:29 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor will get the start for Anthony Davis (rest) on Friday vs. the Blazers.
Okafor had a stretch of top-25 play for a few weeks but that seems to have disappeared since spraining his ankle, even when he gets a spot-start for Davis. Cheick Diallo has had the better returns of late though he hasn’t exactly been setting the league on fire either.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
March 15, 2019, 5:27 pmAnthony DavisF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis (rest) will not play on Friday vs. the Blazers.
Davis’ absence means Jahlil Okafor and Cheick Diallo will both get opportunities to produce though Diallo has been the better of the two lately.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
March 12, 2019, 10:33 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor didn't leave the bench in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.
Okafor played through a right ankle sprain on Sunday but wasn't on the injury report for this one. The matchup was atrocious for him but he's just not worth monitoring in fantasy on nights when Anthony Davis is in action, bad matchup or otherwise.
March 10, 2019, 8:57 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor (right ankle sprain) played on Sunday despite being listed as questionable, though he did little of note with four points and three rebounds in eight minutes.
Okafor is off limits whenever Anthony Davis plays, as he did tonight. It's good that Jah is healthy but he's only a situational fantasy player and shouldn't be rostered in 12-team leagues outside of handcuff purposes.
March 9, 2019, 4:27 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor (right ankle sprain) is questionable to face the Hawks on Sunday.
Okafor left yesterday's game after sustaining the injury, posting two points in 17 minutes. It was initially announced as a left ankle sprain but has since been corrected to his other ankle. The big man had just returned from a right ankle sprain, so a re-aggravation would likely lead to more time on the shelf. Cheick Diallo's stock continues to rise.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter