New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik is out three weeks with a strained right calf suffered in practice, the team announced Thursday.
This comes right after backup center Alexis Ajinca went down with a strained hamstring that’ll keep him out four-to-six weeks, so that leaves the Pelicans without their top two centers for the time being.
Anthony Davis will now see even more time at center over the next few weeks, and if both Asik and Ajinca are still out when the regular season starts, Davis should get the starting nod at the 5, unless Alvin Gentry feels compelled to go with Kendrick Perkins. There’s not much reason to go with Perkins, and a Davis/Ryan Anderson frontcourt makes much more sense.
Asik had a solid season as the Pelicans’ starting center last year, averaging 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game. However, he was ineffective in the postseason against the Golden State Warriors, and New Orleans was much better with him on the bench. Even so, the Pelicans rewarded him with a five-year, $54 million deal this summer.