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Jusuf Nurkic | Center | #23

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (21) / 8/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 280
College: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (16) / CHI
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Jusuf Nurkic ended his season in style on Wednesday with 11 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, five steals and three blocks in 39 minutes vs. the Blazers.
It took most of the season before Mike Malone truly started to turn Nurkic loose, and his persistent knee injury didn't help matters. Most fantasy owners will only remember the frustrating aspects of his sophomore campaign, but his upside is glaring -- on a per-36-minute 17.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.9 blocks and 1.3 steals. Granted there were 6.1 fouls to go along with those numbers, but even a steady 25-minute role would be sufficient for value in most leagues next season. Apr 14 - 2:14 AM

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Jusuf Nurkic struggled in 22 minutes on Sunday, shooting 2-of-11 from the field for six points, four rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

"Can [Nurkic and Nikola Jokic] play together and be productive?" Mike Malone asked. "I think it's important to evaluate who we are and answer any questions we might have in these last three games." Nurkic missed all three of his jumpers tonight, and was just 2-of-8 around the rim, but the bigger issue is how he and Jokic can co-exist defensively. Fortunately, such caveats are unlikely to dissuade Malone from starting his prized young bigs together on Wednesday.
Apr 10 - 7:38 PM

Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Jazz.

This is a pretty good indication that Kenneth Faried (rest) will not play, although head coach Michael Malone did leave the door open for Faried saying "we'll see," when asked if he'd be taking the court tonight. Nurkic and Jokic were terrific as a starting frontcourt on Friday, posting a net rating of 27.7, so they'll look to keep the good times rolling with a tough matchup against the Jazz on Sunday.
Apr 10 - 3:29 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored a career-high 21 points during a 102-98 win to the Spurs on Friday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes.

It was a beautiful sight to see Nurkic log 27 minutes next to Nikola Jokic. The two posted a 27.7 net rating in that span with some outstanding defense. Nurkic will be set free in the final two games with Kenneth Faried (rest) likely shut down. He has to be owned everywhere even though he has a terrible matchup on Sunday against the Jazz. The Nuggets were also the first team this season to beat the Warriors and the Spurs.
Apr 9 - 2:24 AM

The Nuggets will start Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic on Friday night against the Spurs.

Could we see a Nurkic vs. Boban Marjanovic battle in the starting lineup? It could happen. The Nuggets likely want to rest Faried in this game and there is some incentive to tank. Nurkic just became a must-own player in standard leagues and is a nice DFS play, too.
Apr 8 - 2:11 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (illness) returned from a three-game absence and looked awesome vs. the Kings on Saturday, scoring nine points (4-of-10 FGs, 1-of-4 FTs) with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 16 minutes.

He looked winded at times, but that's to be expected after recovering from an illness. Nurkic can put up some serious numbers even in limited minutes, and he should get more playing time vs. the Thunder on Tuesday. Nurkic is worth owning while he's active, but keep in mind that the Nuggets play just three times next week.
Apr 3 - 12:01 AM

Jusuf Nurkic (illness) will play on Saturday vs. the Kings.

He's missed the past three games, but hopefully he will get some solid minutes with Darrell Arthur (knee) out of the picture. Nurkic was playing really well before the illness, so he's worth a look for any owner in need of a big. Keep in mind that the Nuggets only have three games next week.
Apr 2 - 8:56 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (illness) is probable for Saturday's game against the Kings.

He's missed the last three games with an illness, but it sounds like he'll be OK. Nurkic being on the injury report is worrisome because coach Mike Malone tends to be careful. If he is out, Joffrey Lauvergne should get a couple extra minutes. Nurkic does have a great matchup tonight, so he might be worth the risk in some situations.
Apr 2 - 3:20 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (illness) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

He hasn't played in three straight games, but hopefully the Nuggets were just being cautious. Nurkic was playing some impressive ball before the illness, so it makes sense to pick him back up if he's cleared to play. There should be another update after the morning shootaround.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 2 - 10:25 AM

Jusuf Nurkic (illness) is listed as out for Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans.

This will be his third straight game on the shelf which is a shame because he was really playing well last week. If you're in a must-win situation, it makes sense to move on. Expect Darrell Arthur, Nikola Jokic and Joffrey Lauvernge to all pick up the slack on Thursday.
Mar 31 - 11:59 AM

Jusuf Nurkic (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

It'll be Nurkic's second straight game on the sidelines with the illness, which will open up some minutes for Darrell Arthur, Nikola Jokic and Joffrey Lauvernge. The Nuggets take on the Pelicans on Thursday, and for now, we'll be considering Nurkic questionable for that one.

Jusuf Nurkic (illness) will not play against the Mavs on Monday.

This is a total gut punch to his fantasy owners after he scored 19 points on Sunday against the Clippers. With Nurkic out, there should be big minutes going to Nikola Jokic, but the Nuggets are going to go small quite a bit in this game.
Mar 28 - 8:03 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 15 of his 19 points during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Clippers, adding seven boards, three assists, one block and three turnovers in his 24 minutes off the bench.

Nurkic was the only Denver big able to do anything against DeAndre Jordan, and he’s really benefited since Kenneth Faried (back) hit the sidelines. Over the past six games with Faried on the shelf, Nurkic has emerged as a mid-round asset with averages of 12.2 points, 5.5 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 swats per game. He has a ton of upside, and is worth a look in most leagues.
Mar 27 - 6:47 PM

Jusuf Nurkic played 26 minutes against the Lakers on Friday with 18 points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks.

He made 7-of-11 from the field and this is just another example of how much of a beast Nurkic could be with regular playing time. He did bang his head at the end of the game, but he stayed in and looked fine. There is a ton of risk on owning Nurkic, but leaving him on the wire for a potential opponent to grab is risky business. If you hate a guy at the end of your bench, go get him.
Mar 26 - 1:53 AM

Jusuf Nurkic (shortness of breath) is expected to play against the Lakers on Friday.

Nurkic experienced shortness of breath in fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against the 76ers, but seems to have gotten the go-ahead for Friday's game. Check back for reports to verify Nurkic is active against the Lakers on Friday, as he's worth a start in most fantasy leagues due to his upside.
Mar 24 - 1:58 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Emmanuel Mudiay
2D.J. Augustin
3Jameer Nelson
SG1Gary Harris
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Will Barton
3Mike Miller
4JaKarr Sampson
PF1Kenneth Faried
2Darrell Arthur
3Wilson Chandler
C1Nikola Jokic
2Jusuf Nurkic
3Joffrey Lauvergne