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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 looked good against the Pelicans on Wednesday with 15 points, nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 29 minutes.
It was only a matter of time before he got it going again, and that time has come. Nurkic is coming off a nice game against the Clippers on Monday and he's back in coach Brian Shaw's good graces. The rookie should be owned in all leagues because he'll flirt with top-50 value in just 22 minutes per game. Jan 28 - 11:41 PM

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Jusuf Nurkic picked up the pace on Monday against the Clippers, scoring six points on 3-of-6 shooting with 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 29 minutes.

Nurkic was one of the Nuggets' best players tonight and yet Brian Shaw pulled him late to bring in J.J. Hickson. He's not out of the woods in terms of consistency but he has more than proven his upside and needs to be held through any cold streaks.
Jan 27 - 1:05 AM

Jusuf Nurkic racked up four personal fouls in just 19 minutes of action on Sunday, finishing a tough loss to the Wizards with six points, nine boards, two assists and one steal.

Nurkic has a golden opportunity with Timofey Mozgov gone and JaVale McGee (tibia) still inactive, but he can't get out of his own way with the foul trouble. He's still a late-middle round value over the past month, in just 20.2 minutes per game, and simply has too much upside to cut in 12-team leagues.
Jan 25 - 11:00 PM

Jusuf Nurkic played just 15 minutes in the Nuggets' 100-99 loss to the Celtics on Friday, finishing with six points and eight rebounds to go with three fouls.

Nurkic's foul rate was still up but this wasn't about foul trouble, and we haven't heard anything at all about his sore back. J.J. Hickson started the second half and it just looks like Brian Shaw isn't ready to free Nurkic, but unless the Nuggets trade for a big man we can't get behind a drop. There's simply too much upside and we'd need to be shaken much harder than this.
Jan 24 - 4:50 AM

Jusuf Nurkic is now dealing with a sore back, and while he did miss practice on Thursday, he will play against Boston on Friday.

The Nuggets probably just opted to give the rookie some extra rest, and the good news is that Nurkic isn't likely to miss any action. We will continue to follow this story closely, but owners can go ahead and pencil him into all lineups barring a setback. JaVale McGee (leg) is also closing in on a return, but given how injury-prone he is there is no need for Nurkic's owners to be concerned.
Jan 22 - 3:45 PM

Nuggets C Jusuf Nurkic finished Tuesday's home loss with 10 points on 5-of-9 FGs, nine rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

Foul trouble has been crippling Nurkic's playing time and fantasy value, so it was nice to see him stay on the court vs. a savvy and experienced Spurs squad. He didn't block any shots tonight but he also didn't take any FTs, which is good for the 69.0 percent FT shooter. Denver was recently linked to Brook Lopez in trade talks, reportedly viewing Lopez as an ideal mentor for Nurkic, but fantasy owners shouldn't react since it's firmly in the 'rumor' stage.
Jan 20 - 11:56 PM

Jusuf Nurkic's struggles continued against the Warriors on Monday with two points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block before fouling out in 24 minutes.

He's been really bad over his last four. In that span, Nurkic averaged 3.8 points, 8.0 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.8 blocks, 4.0 fouls and 0.5 turnovers on 21.4 percent from the field in 20.0 minutes per game. Besides the ridiculous foul rate, the shooting is especially poor considering 86 percent of his shot attempts came from within eight feet. The upside is just too high not to stick with him. If you missed out on grabbing him, we still like the idea of sending a buy-low offer.
Jan 19 - 7:16 PM

Jusuf Nurkic struggled with foul trouble against the Wolves on Saturday, finishing with four points, nine boards and two assists in just 15 minutes.

He did shoot just 1-of-7 from the field, but the biggest concern with him is that he can't seem to keep his fouls down. However, Nurkic is still very young and he is going to experience some growing pains in the NBA, so owners should continue to remain patient with him. Given his insane upside, he should be owned in all leagues for the rest of the way. Expect him to bounce back against the Warriors on Monday.
Jan 18 - 12:25 AM

Jusuf Nurkic played just 17 minutes on Friday against the Mavs, scoring two points on 1-of-7 shooting with six rebounds and one steal.

Nurkic wasn't in foul trouble and just didn't have it going tonight. He's young and this type of thing shouldn't be surprising, and he'll likely be back with a bigger line the next time out.
Jan 17 - 1:40 AM

Jusuf Nurkic played 25 minutes against the Mavericks on Wednesday with seven points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

Any increase in minutes is a good sign for Nurkic. He's going to average close to 2.0 blocks and flirt with double-doubles on a nightly basis, so there is a sky-high upside. He should be owned everywhere and could be a top-50 guy the rest of the way in standard leagues.
Jan 14 - 11:45 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal and three blocks over 22 minutes before fouling out in Friday's win over the Kings.

Nurkic is going to be a blast to watch as he can't stop fouling, he's ultra-productive, and proven by his trash talking to Boogie Cousins he's not going to back down to anybody. He should be owned in all formats.
Jan 10 - 3:07 AM

Brian Shaw didn't pull any punches when assessing Jusuf Nurkic's first career-start.

"He was tired," said Shaw of Nurkic. "He seemed to be confused as to what to do out there on the floor, and that's probably to be expected because he's normally accustomed to coming in [with the second unit], used to going against more so the second-tier centers." Nurkic's impressive play is likely the reason Denver felt comfortable parting with Timofey Mozgov, and he'll have plenty of opportunity as the only true (healthy) center in Denver. He remains a must-own guy in standard leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 9 - 10:31 AM

Jusuf Nurkic started at center but hit just 3-of-9 shots for eight points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 22 minutes.

Yeah, it was a disappointing line and the minutes weren't great, but Nurkic has been playing very well. Prior to this dud he averaged 12.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 3.5 blocks over his last four games, so we're not about to give up on him after one game. Of course, the fact J.J. Hickson went off for 11 points and 10 boards in 30 minutes is a bit of a concern, but Nurkic is still the guy we'd recommend owning here until further notice.
Jan 8 - 1:24 AM

Jusuf Nurkic is likely to get more playing time.

It sounds like Timofey Mozgov is headed to Cleveland, so Nurkic is going to benefit. In his last four games, he averaged 12.8 points, 8.5 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.5 blocks on 53.8 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the line in 23.3 minutes per game. Nurkic also had a very impressive 23.1 usage rate and a 18.7 total rebound rate on the season. Find a way to add him right now.
Jan 7 - 3:38 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist, four blocks and two steals on 7-of-11 from the field in 22 minutes against the Wolves on Monday.

He is one of the hottest non-star players in the world right now. Over his last four, Nurkic averaged 12.8 points, 8.5 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.5 blocks on 53.8 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the line. The Nuggets simply have to play him because he's been too good, so Nurkic is worth grabbing in almost all leagues to see how it plays out.
Jan 6 - 12:52 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ty Lawson
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Randy Foye
3Gary Harris
SF1Wilson Chandler
2Danilo Gallinari
3Alonzo Gee
PF1Kenneth Faried
2Darrell Arthur
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2J.J. Hickson
3JaVale McGee