A year after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers for their first playoff series win since 2008, the New Orleans Pelicans came into this season hoping to take another step toward becoming a perennial playoff team.…
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
March 8, 2019, 9:52 pmJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor has a left ankle sprain and will not return to Friday’s game according to the Pelicans broadcasters.
Okafor just returned after dealing with a right ankle sprain so we wonder if he was overcompensating and thus injured his other ankle. With Anthony Davis (back spasms) also out, Cheick Diallo should be owned in standard leagues. Okafor ended his night with two points and three rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
March 8, 2019, 7:51 pmAnthony DavisF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor (right ankle sprain) will get the start for Anthony Davis (lower back spasms) on Friday vs. the Raptors.
Well, it looks the the non-shutdown is progressing nicely for the tanking Pelicans. Cheick Diallo has been playing better than Okafor lately but maybe the latter can get his groove back with some consistent run. Starting against Marc Gasol and the Raptors probably isn’t the best game to bet on that happening.
Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter