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Jusuf Nurkic | Center | #27

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 275
College: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (16) / CHI
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Jusuf Nurkic hit 4-of-9 shots for nine points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes of Tuesday's easy win over the Suns.
He played the opening six minutes of the game but was then benched for the rest of the first half, despite not being in foul trouble. His minutes got back on track in the second half, but it is concerning that he's only played 22 and 20 minutes in each of his last two games. Nurkic will look to get back on track against the Pacers on Thursday, and then has a dream matchup against the Mavericks on Saturday. Dallas gets torched by opposing centers every night and Nikola Jokic put them on blast for 29 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block tonight. Jan 17 - 12:41 AM

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Jusuf Nurkic had eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in just 20 minutes during Sunday's 120-103 loss in Minnesota.

The Blazers' big man has struggled with consistency all season, so this is nothing new for fantasy owners. He was coming off a strong effort in 31 minutes on Friday but couldn't keep up with Karl-Anthony Towns defensively tonight, which helps explain the dip in playing time. We expect to see him back in his typical 24-30 minute range in the Blazers' upcoming three-game week.
Jan 15 - 12:15 AM

Jusuf Nurkic finished with 19 points across 31 minutes in Friday's 119-113 loss at New Orleans.

Nurkic was a very efficient 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe while adding five rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and a steal. The Pelicans didn't do very well on interior defense and Nurk was able to take advantage. It was a very nice bounce back game after his dud Wednesday in Houston snapped a five-game streak with 10 or more points.
Jan 13 - 12:17 AM

The Blazers lost for the third time in their past nine games on Wednesday, with Jusuf Nurkic contributing just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting in 21 minutes.

Nurk did have eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist, so it wasn't a total loss. Part of his low minutes were due to early foul trouble, but he also took a backseat with Ed Davis (11 points, 10 boards) playing well off the bench tonight. Nurk's shooting was trending up prior to this rough night, which included a handful of easy misses near the rim. The Pelicans' interior defense is suspect most nights, so we're anticipating a bounce-back effort on Friday.
Jan 11 - 12:39 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 20 points (8-of-15 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

Nurkic picked up four fouls, so that prevented him from having a monster night. His owners should still be thrilled with this line, as Steven Adams and the Thunder have allowed the sixth fewest fantasy points to centers this season. Nurk Alert gets a boost when Damian Lillard (calf) is out, but it's unclear if Portland's franchise player will be available on Wednesday vs. Houston.
Jan 9 - 10:40 PM

Jusuf Nurkic hit 10-of-12 shots and 3-of-7 free throws for 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes of Tuesday's 127-110 loss to the Cavaliers.

It wasn't a season high in scoring, but it was his best offensive game since he scored 25 points way back on Nov. 30. Nurkic went through a cold spell around the time he injured his ankle in early December, but has been playing much better, averaging 15.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks over his last four games. His minutes are back up, he's healthy, and should continue to roll, at least until the next time he gets bitten by the injury bug.
Jan 2 - 9:36 PM

Jusuf Nurkic tied his season high on Monday with 15 rebounds, adding 11 points, three steals, two assists and two blocks in 38 minutes of action.

The Blazers big man was a handful defensively and on the glass tonight, but he's obviously been missing Damian Lillard (hamstring) on offense. In five games without Dame drawing attention and setting him up for easy buckets, Nurkic has averaged 10.8 points on 32.8% shooting from the field. The good news is that Lillard is expected back on Tuesday, so owners can anticipate better returns vs. the Cavaliers (Tuesday) and Hawks (Friday).
Jan 1 - 11:55 PM

Jusuf Nurkic hit 5-of-13 shots and 11-of-16 free throws on his way to 21 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 28 minutes of Thursday's 114-110 win over Joel Embiid and the Sixers.

Nurkic played most of the fourth quarter with five fouls, but held his own against Embiid. He also got popped on the nose and played with a huge bandage on his face for the second half. Nurkic was struggling coming in and had just four points and five boards in his previous game, but the shot to the nose appeared to wake him up, while he was also fired up about playing against Embiid. If Nurkic was dropped in your league and you need a center, go get him.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 01:46:00 AM

Jusuf Nurkic made 2-of-11 from the field for four points with five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 17 minutes against the Lakers on Saturday.

Yuck. He missed all six shots in the paint and he wasn't even blocked on those. Nurkic was hit hard in the face by Julius Randle in first quarter, but he did return and he's been hit in the face a lot this month. Nurkic has not hit 30 minutes in any game this month and he dug himself quite a hole for owners who took him early in nine-category leagues.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 01:18:00 AM

Jusuf Nurkic, who was on a minutes watch given his ankle injury, hit 9-of-12 shots and 2-of-2 free throws for 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 28 minutes of a 108-107 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday.

Not bad for being limited! Nurk had 14 points, five boards and a block on Saturday and nine points, 11 boards and two blocks on Friday. The 28 minutes were promising and it looks like the Nurk Alert should be good to go going forward.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 11:27:00 PM

Jusuf Nurkic will remain on a minutes limit for Monday's matchup with Minnesota.

Head coach Terry Stotts did say that the minutes limit won't be quite as strict as it has been over the past two games in which Nurkic's playing time was capped at 25 minutes, so perhaps he'll be able to get closer to the 30-minute mark tonight. The minutes limit does limit his appeal in daily leagues, but Nurkic is safe to fire up in all season-long settings.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 06:41:00 PM

Jusuf Nurkic played 25 minutes in the second night in a row, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, one block and two turnovers against the Hornets on Saturday.

He battled with Dwight Howard and didn't have much foul trouble, so it looks like coach Terry Stotts had a soft cap for his big man's minutes. Nurkic was more aggressive late in the game, so his conditioning seems like a non-issue. He'll get a day off before he gets Karl-Anthony Towns on Monday and Nurk should be closer to 30 minutes for that game. You'll want to start him with four games coming up.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 09:27:00 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) returned from a three-game absence on Friday, scoring nine points with 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 25 minutes against the Magic.

He had a minutes cap, but he was still just a shade below his 28.0 minutes per game. There is no word of the Blazers limiting Nurkic in a back-to-back set in Charlotte on Saturday, but it is something fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on. Plus, he'll be taking on a lot of contact against Dwight Howard. Whatever the case, Nurkic only missing three games is a good sign and he was starting to play better before his injury, too.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 12:50:00 AM

Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will start against the Magic and will have a minutes limit.

He's been doing some on-court work since at least Monday, so Nurkic should be somewhat ready for his return. With him back, it'll be interesting to see if Zach Collins' strong play has helped him get minutes from Ed Davis or Meyers Leonard. Nurkic is still worth starting in season-long leagues, but he's a very risky play in DFS.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 05:35:00 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (sprained right ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday's game vs. Orlando.

The Blazers had been ruling Nurk out a day in advance for the past few games, so this is a very promising step. Meyers Leonard (illness) isn't even on the injury report, so he'll be available, which will cut into the playing time of Zach Collins and Ed Davis regardless of Nurk's status. Check back after Friday's shootaround for another update.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Pat Connaughton
3C.J. Wilcox
SF1Evan Turner
2Moe Harkless
3Jake Layman
PF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Noah Vonleh
3Caleb Swanigan
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2Ed Davis
3Zach Collins
4Meyers Leonard