Report: Alexis Ajinca worked out for the Spurs

Apr 08, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) is defended by Toronto Raptors center Alexis Ajinca (42) during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Former NBA player Alexis Ajinca worked out for the San Antonio Spurs on Monday according to the French website BasketActu. (H/T to Google for the translation although it does sound a little awkward.)

    The coach of the Blues told us that another player should be integrated workforce. Track the most     plausible Alexis Ajinca. The latter made a workout in San Antonio Monday and is now in Charlotte.

Ajinca, selected with the 20th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, has logged a total of 71 games in his three seasons for Charlotte, Dallas and Toronto in addition to a brief stint with the Sioux Fallas Skyforce and Maine Red Claws and in the D-League. Ajinca hasn’t played in a NBA game since April 13th, 2011 when he scored eight points.

Drafted ahead of Ryan Anderson, Serge Ibaka, George Hill, Darrell Arthur and Nikola Pekovic (to name a few), Ajinca has been a colossal disappointment. Ajinca averaged 5.9 minutes, 2.3 points, one rebound and 0.2 blocks while shooting 36.2% in his rookie season.

Blessed with a lean, athletic body and the potential to be a legitimate defensive enforcer, Ajinca never quite took off. He never had any semblance of an offensive game though his wingspan measured at an impressive 7’9″. Here’s this quote from Draft Express chronicling the 2008 Las Vegas Summer League:

    Ajinca came through with a very nice performance today. He showed tremendous touch, but is still     incredibly raw. A lot of his moves look good, but they don’t turn into production. That should change over     time considering his age and willingness to work hard to improve. Ajinca has range, and some footwork     down low. Unfortunately, he’s going to have to gain a considerable amount of weight to utilize the latter, a     difficult proposition considering how skinny he is in the lower body. That lack of bulk hurts him     defensively, but his wingspan more than compensates for that deficiency on this level. Though he didn’t     show great production, Ajinca is beginning to translate his potential to higher levels of play.

At this juncture, the Spurs are simply doing their due diligence. Ajinca is highly unlikely to be high on San Antonio’s radar but it can’t hurt to look at his game. Is there anyone that catches your ire, Spurs fans?

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  • jaws3

    I vaguely remember Ajinca.  I think he’s the type of player that would have grown in the Spurs system.  Too many of these losing franchises draft strong athletic talent, but them develop them into basketball players or teach them how to utilize their strengths.  Worth a look and see.

  • AirAlamo1

    @jaws3 Yup. It doesn’t hurt to look and see.