|Date of Birth||12/15/1995|
|Height, Weight||6'10", 270 lbs|
|Drafted||2015 - Rd 1|
Okafor (ankle) will not play Thursday against the Clippers, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Okafor sprained his ankle earlier in the week and will miss at least one game as a result. Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes should see the majority of minutes at center in his absence.
Okafor has a left ankle sprain and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Clippers.
Okafor had 14 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes during Monday's loss to the Rockets, but he didn't come out of the contest at 100 percent. The Pelicans can ill afford another absence as they will already be without Lonzo Ball (shoulder) and Josh Hart (knee/ankle), while Brandon Ingram (knee) is a game-time decision.
Okafor had 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block in 16 minutes during Monday's 122-116 loss against the Rockets.
Okafor was coming off a DNP designation Saturday against the Hornets following 10 points and seven rebounds combined in his previous two contests, but bounced back with a strong showing in limited playing time despite the loss. Okafor should continue coming off the bench ahead of Thursday's home matchup against the Clippers.
Okafor (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the floor during Saturday's 115-110 win over the Hornets.
Okafor was expected to come off the bench in this one with Derrick Favors moving into the starting lineup. However, rookie center Jaxson Hayes earned 18 minutes, Nicolo Melli saw five and Favors played 29 while Okafor remained glued to the bench. It's unclear whether this trend will continue going forward, but fantasy owners in daily leagues may want to consider other options for Monday's matchup versus the Rockets.
Okafor will come off the bench Saturday against the Hornets, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
With Favors' recently working back from a knee injury, Okafor has started the past five games. However, coach Alvin Gentry is starting Favors on Saturday, pushing Okafor back to the bench. In his three games off the bench this season, Okafor is averaging 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.3 minutes.