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Jusuf Nurkic | Center

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (20) / 8/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 280
College: Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Jusuf Nurkic played well on Sunday, scoring 10 points with eight boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 18 minutes.
News just broke that JaVale McGee (tibia) could be looking at an extended stint on the sidelines, so Nurkic has a clear path to minutes behind Timofey Mozgov. Nurkic has a lot of upside and is worth a flier in deeper leagues, especially if the Nuggets keep losing. Dec 14 - 11:14 PM

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Jusuf Nurkic was busy in his 18 minutes on Saturday, fouling out of the game with nine points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks.

It's too bad he doesn't play more. Nurkic has a superb 20.9 rebounding rate, a 25.3 usage rate and 0.8 blocks in just 9.1 minutes per game. If Nurkic can somehow get 24 minutes per game, he'd make some noise in standard leagues. Keep him in mind if the Nuggets become sellers.
Dec 13 - 11:41 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (personal) is not with the Nuggets for their three-game road trip.

Nurkic's limited minutes will be distributed to guys like Timofey Mozgov and J.J. Hickson, but that doesn't mean much. Nurkic can be viewed as a stash in very deep leagues, but he's off the standard league radar.
Dec 5 - 11:44 AM

Jusuf Nurkic is inactive for Monday against the Cavs.

The Nuggets are going to activate Gary Harris and Erick Green instead. Nurkic is a stash in deep leagues.
Nov 17 - 6:33 PM

Josef Nurkic impressed against Cleveland on Friday when he scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with four rebounds and a steal in just 16 minutes.

If you watched him in preseason, then you already know about his rebounding prowess. Nurkic has a bright future and owners in deep leagues should definitely take notice. The Nuggets have two centers ahead of him on the depth chart right now in Timofey Mozgov and JaVale McGee, but if one of the two goes down with an injury or gets traded, Nurkic becomes an immediate pickup.
Nov 8 - 9:53 AM

Josef Nurkic's agent said his client will not play for the Bosnian National Team in next summer's Eurobasket tournament.

Agent Igor Marinovic tweeted that Nurkic client will bypass the tournament and instead head to the Summer League to prepare for the 2015-16 season. Though the 20-year-old has potential, he is averaging 3.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in just 8.7 minutes per game so far this season, so his fantasy value is limited to extremely deep leagues at the moment.
Source: Sportando
Nov 4 - 10:39 AM

Jusuf Nurkic was in the rotation for 13 minutes against the Pistons during an 89-79 win, scoring five points, seven rebounds and one turnover.

Not a bad start and his rebounding rate has been the highlight of his NBA career so far. He's still just going to split the backup minutes with JaVale McGee, so he's only a deep-league stash.
Oct 30 - 2:10 AM

Brian Shaw stated that Jusuf Nurkic "is going to play," but he didn't say how many minutes the big man will receive.

Nurkic has been a pleasant surprise for the Nuggets, and he had a fantastic preseason putting his rebounding prowess on full display. However, the Nuggets have a bit of a three-headed monster at the center position with Timofey Mozgov and JaVale McGee so it's not clear exactly how much time Nurkic would see on the court. He's not yet a standard league asset, but owners will want to keep an eye on him, and he'll be an immediate pickup if an injury happens to one of the aforementioned players.
Oct 28 - 4:20 PM

Jusuf Nurkic had another good game on Friday with 16 points, eight rebounds and one block in 15 minutes.

His rebounding rate is off the charts and he kept his fouls down tonight. Nurkic probably won't be in the rotation to start the year, but the upside is there. Keep an eye on him in keeper leagues.
Oct 25 - 1:19 AM

Jusuf Nurkic may be the Nugget's backup center if Javale McGee is not ready for opening night.

Nurkic has been an absolute beast on the boards in preseason, and looks like a steal for the Nuggets as he has averaged 9.4 rebounds per game. If McGee doesn't return soon, Nurkic may run away with the backup center spot and would be worth an extended look in deep leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 19 - 2:58 PM

Jusuf Nurkic grabbed nine rebounds against the Clippers, adding four points, two assists, two blocks and two steals in 18 minutes.

His rebounding rate has been superb in his young career, but he sure is rough around the edges. Nurkic looks like a steal at 16, but it'll likely take a couple seasons before he's on the fantasy radar.
Oct 19 - 1:20 AM

Jusuf Nurkic turned the ball over six times and committed five fouls in 21 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday, scoring five points with eight boards, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

He's been filling up the stat sheet, but the turnovers and fouls have been out of control. Nurkic is showing some nice potential, but the Nuggets are going to see him play with a little more control before he gets significant minutes.
Oct 17 - 12:36 AM

Jusuf Nurkic continued to play at break-neck pace in Monday's preseason loss, scoring 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting with three rebounds in 14 minutes before fouling out.

Nurkic was leading the NBA with 12.0 rebounds per game during preseason action before tonight, but had hit just 6-of-19 shots and 2-of-8 free throws in the process. It's unclear what version of JaVale McGee the Nuggets are going to get, and whether or not J.J. Hickson can do anything substantial, but Nurkic needs to smooth a lot of edges before he hits the radar in most leagues.
Oct 14 - 12:15 AM

Jusuf Nurkic is leading the NBA in rebounds per game with 12.0 to go with 4.3 points and 0.7 blocks.

He hasn't been great on offense, making just 6-of-19 from the field (31.6 percent) and 2-of-8 from the line (25.0 percent). Nurkic is probably going to fall behind JaVale McGee (leg) once McGee is healthy again, so the rookie isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 13 - 11:23 AM

Jusuf Nurkic was declared a "traitor" by the Bosnian basketball federation.

This happened just after he signed his contract with the Nuggets and the federation said that Nurkic "betrayed their trust" and left the team without permission. The No. 16 pick in the draft didn't return calls from the coaching staff as the team prepares for the qualifying round of Eurobasket 2015. Meanwhile, he's not expected to see many minutes with the Nuggets this season unless they're gashed by injuries again.
Aug 1 - 10:52 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ty Lawson
2Nate Robinson
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Randy Foye
3Gary Harris
SF1Wilson Chandler
2Danilo Gallinari
3Alonzo Gee
4Quincy Miller
PF1Kenneth Faried
2J.J. Hickson
3Darrell Arthur
C1Timofey Mozgov
2JaVale McGee
3Jusuf Nurkic