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Jusuf Nurkic | Center | #23

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 280
College: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (16) / CHI
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Coach Mike Malone said the Nuggets "have two young bigs that can play together."
In other words, it sounds like he's open to playing Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic together. In the last 11 games, Jokic played 12 percent of his minutes next to Nurkic. What's more, that combo had a positive net rating and looked good against bigger teams. While the Nuggets aren't likely to unleash Nurkic due to his injury history, his per-minute output makes him a very intriguing pick in the later rounds after the reliable bigs come off the board. Sep 26 - 1:32 PM

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Jusuf Nurkic finished the EuroBasket qualifying round with averages of 19.2 points on 41.4 percent shooting, 13.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.

Nurkic suffered a minor calf injury earlier in the tournament, but it's unlikely to limit him during training camp. He added 3.5 turnovers in under 30 minutes per game, and the poor shooting is unwelcome (he shot just 41.7 percent with Denver last year), but Nurkic remains a sneaky, high-upside pick in the later rounds.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 18 - 8:33 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) returned to the court for Wednesday's 78-76 win over Sweden, racking up 22 points, 10 boards, two assists, three steals, one block and four turnovers over 29 minutes.

Nurkic appeared to tweak his calf during the closing minutes of Bosnia and Herzegovina's loss to Russia on Saturday, but the fact that he was able to make it through 29 minutes of action just four days after the injury would indicate that he'll be fine moving forward. Nurkic definitely is an injury risk, but there's a ton of upside here and he only really needs roughly 20 minutes a night to enter the standard league equation. He'll be worth a look towards the later rounds on draft day.
Sep 15 - 2:28 PM

Jusuf Nurkic suffered an apparent lower right leg injury during the closing minutes of Bosnia and Herzegovina's 78-67 loss to Russia, and did not return to the game.

While Nurkic didn't make it back to the court for the final few seconds of the blowout loss, he was spotted walking around after the game without a noticeable limp, so it doesn't seem like he's dealing with anything all that serious. It's also worth noting that the injury seemed to be to his right calf, and not his troublesome surgically repaired left knee. Bosnia is scheduled for a matchup with Sweden on Wednesday, so it'll be interesting to see if Nurkic is limited or withheld from competing in that one.
Source: YouTube
Sep 13 - 3:18 PM

Jusuf Nurkic posted a 19-point, 15-rebound double-double during a 83-54 loss to Team Russia during the EuroBasket qualifying tournament on Wednesday.

Nurkic shot 5-of-16 from the field and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe while also adding two assists, one steal and one block to his stat line during his 32 minutes of playing time, but more importantly, he looked healthy. Nurkic spent a majority of the 2015-16 season recovering from knee surgery, but he figures to come into training camp in tiptop shape after playing for Bosnia at the EuroBasket qualifying tournament. He’ll make for an intriguing late-round selection on draft day.
Aug 31 - 1:03 PM

Michael Malone said that he's going to fly to Bosnia in a couple weeks to watch Jusuf Nurkic play.

Malone's doing this to show the big man that he has his full support, and he added that Nurkic has done "everything we've asked and more" during the offseason. We already know that he has lost about 35 pounds since the end of the season, so that should help him stay healthy moving forward. The Nuggets experimented with Nurkic next to Nikola Jokic last season and Malone hinted that we can expect to see more of that, so he's going to be a nice target in the middle rounds.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 11:32 AM

Jusuf Nurkic has already lost 35 pounds this offseason

Wow. Nurkic added he's feeling stronger this summer thanks to the weight loss. If anything, the weight loss should help his durability, which has been his biggest concern. Nurkic was capable of playing big minutes even at his old playing weight with 39 minutes in the season finale. Given his usage and upside for blocks, Nurkic is going to be a popular target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Jun 29 - 4:49 PM

Jusuf Nurkic said he's happy about the big lineup with Nikola Jokic.

"Basketball has kind of changed," Nurkic said. "The NBA has gone smaller because of [the] Golden State [Warriors]." The Nuggets went with a Jokic-Nurkic lineup more late in the year and had some success at times. If Nurkic can stay healthy, he could be a breakout candidate for his high usage, blocks and boards. As a sidenote, Nurkic said in this interview his dad is a 6'10", 400-pound police officer. A basketball agent saw that his dad had a fight with 14 people from a newspaper and asked if he had a kid. And the rest is history.
Source: NBA.com
May 27 - 5:12 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Emmanuel Mudiay
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Gary Harris
2Jamal Murray
3Malik Beasley
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Will Barton
3Wilson Chandler
4Juan Hernangomez
5JaKarr Sampson
6Axel Toupane
PF1Kenneth Faried
2Darrell Arthur
3Jarnell Stokes
C1Nikola Jokic
2Jusuf Nurkic