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Jusuf Nurkic | Center | #23

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 279
College: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (16) / CHI
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Jusuf Nurkic was an apparent DNP-CD vs. the Wolves on Sunday.
Darrell Arthur was terrific in 21 minutes off the bench, and the Wolves ran with plenty of small lineups, so there wasn't much room for Nurk in the rotation tonight. He's no stranger to disappearing acts (having averaged 3.3 points prior to Saturday's 12-point game), and his owners can only hope for a trade to a better situation. Jan 22 - 10:12 PM

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Jusuf Nurkic scored 12 points with five rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 20 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

Only six of these minutes were in garbage time, so this may be one of the most encouraging games for Nurkic in a while. He gets a good matchup on paper against the larger Wolves frontline and the Nuggets seem committed to playing Kenneth Faried at the four most of the time. Nurkic still isn't a hot add and really needs a trade to reach his potential.
Jan 22 - 12:44 AM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Jusuf Nurkic is "sure" to be traded prior to the February trade deadline.

Per Stein: "Sources say that the Nuggets, having acknowledged that Nikola Jokic and Nurkic didn't click as a pairing, are actively working to find Nurkic a new home that would give him the chance he deserves to be a front-line center." A trade is necessary to revive Nurkic's dying fantasy value. With Jokic playing at an incredibly high level, Nurk simply wastes away on the Denver bench. A trade would be best for all parties involved. It would also clear out more minutes for Kenneth Faried.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 1:04 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored five points with one rebound, one block and one turnover in 14 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

The Nuggets had some success with Nurkic next to Nikola Jokic last year and gave it a go briefly in this game. This was also likely due to Wilson Chandler (personal) not playing, so the needle doesn't move much on Nurk here.
Jan 19 - 11:19 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored three points with two rebounds and one block in eight minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

He played two-plus minutes in the first quarter and just under five-plus minutes in the second quarter. Kenneth Faried had it going as the five man and Nikola Jokic was terrific, so there wasn't an opportunity for Nurkic today. He's going to be inconsistent and is more of a stash with an uncertain role on the Nuggets.
Jan 12 - 5:28 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 11 points in a start for Nikola Jokic (illness) on Saturday, adding 10 rebounds, one block and three steals in 26 minutes.

He looked good for the most part, but still struggled with his shot. Nurkic made just 4-of-13 from the field and 1-of-4 from the line, which has been a major problem in his career. The Nuggets are off until Jan. 12, so Jokic is almost a lock to be ready for that game. Additionally, Nurkic is reportedly being shopped "openly" according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Nurk is a borderline hold, but he really hasn't played well for most of this season.
Jan 7 - 11:02 PM

Jusuf Nurkic will get the start for Nikola Jokic (illness) against the Thunder on Saturday.

He's coming into this game with the most momentum he's had all year. In his last three, he averaged 12.7 points, 6.0 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks in 20.0 minutes. If he can avoid foul trouble, he should be getting minutes in the upper 20s. He's worth a look in standard leagues and makes sense in DFS today.
Jan 7 - 6:11 PM

The Nuggets are "openly shopping" Jusuf Nurkic, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Stein adds Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler could also be on the block. The Nuggets have too much depth up front and have a superstar in the making in Nikola Jokic, so a trade would make sense. Nurkic would likely gain value with a trade and is playing better, so he's worth a look as a stash.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 7 - 2:38 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored seven points with six rebounds in 20 minutes on Thursday against the Spurs.

After getting four straight DNP-CDs late in December, Nurkic has seen the court in five consecutive games. He is averaging 19.5 minutes, 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks in his last four games. If you are in need of a center, he is worth adding, but with such limited minutes, expectations should be tempered. But it's nice to see him somewhat relevant again. However, Kenneth Faried, who has been spending a lot of his time at center, has been out for a couple games with a sore back, so it will be interesting to see if Nurkic stays relevant when he's back in action.
Jan 6 - 12:51 AM

Nuggets' head coach Mike Malone was critical of his team following Tuesday's loss to the Kings, saying they have "no veteran leadership," and the "worst defense in the NBA."

"We have the worst defense in the NBA. That is the bottom line," Malone said. "It is embarrassing how we go out and attempt to defend every night. That is something that we have to try to fix as soon as possible because it is at an all-time low right now and that is a huge concern of mine." Maybe this is why Malone has decided to bring Jusuf Nurkic back into the rotation, so hopefully Nurkic's minutes continue to rise moving forward. Nurkic is worth a flyer if you're in need of a center.
Source: BSN Denver
Jan 4 - 10:50 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points in just 18 minutes in Tuesday's 120-113 loss to the Kings.

He shot an efficient 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, adding six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. Nurk Alert posted a similar line on Monday night with 15 points, six boards, four assists, a steal and a block in 21 minutes vs. the Warriors, so he's made the most of his opportunity with Kenneth Faried (back) on the shelf. Coach Michael Malone would be foolish to go back to Faried after this, but you never know with that guy. If you need a center, it looks like it's time to get back on the Nurkic train.
Jan 4 - 12:12 AM

Jusuf Nurkic played 21 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-8 shots for 15 points, six boards, four assists, a steal and a block in Monday's 127-119 loss to the Warriors.

Nurk Alert, indeed! The guy didn't play in four straight games, then had four points in nine minutes last Wednesday, and two points and four rebounds on Friday night in 19 minutes. The fact he's played 19 and 21 minutes in each of his last two games is a definite step in the right direction, but there's a reason this guy was left for dead on fantasy waiver wires across the board. If you're hurting at center, pick him up in an act of desperation. But even if you're not quite ready for such a drastic move, he should at least be on your radar starting now. Coach Mike Malone has talked about rewarding Nurk with more minutes, and he certainly earned another shot after this one. Just keep in mind that Kenneth Faried was out with a sore lower back, which contributed to Nurk's solid minutes.
Jan 3 - 1:01 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored two points with four rebounds, one assists and one turnover in 19 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

He has expressed his frustration about not playing, but coach Mike Malone gave him some minutes against Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel tonight. Malone said he wanted to reward Nurk for his work in practice, but we don't know how long he will do so. He's not really worthy of a pickup in most leagues yet.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 01:07:00 AM

After the Nuggets practice on Thursday, Jusuf Nurkic vented his frustrations at being demoted to the bench.

Nurk played nine minutes on Wednesday but has been slapped with four straight DNP-CD's prior to that game. He is obviously unhappy with the current situation. "I’m not here to sit on the bench, I’m here to play basketball," said Nurkic. "But like I said, you can control what you can control and I let my agent do the rest of the stuff." The Nuggets are rumored to be actively shopping Kenneth Faried, which may clear up playing time for Nurk, but he can be left on the wire for now.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 10:43:00 AM

Jusuf Nurkic was back in the rotation after four DNP-CDs with four points, four rebounds, one assist and one block against the Wolves on Wednesday.

After the game, coach Mike Malone said he wanted to reward Nurk with some minutes. Malone said he will "need" Nurkic against the 76ers and will probably need them against the Kings after that. Obviously he's not taking minutes from Nikola Jokic, but maybe we see Nurkic get minutes in the teens. He's still not worth a pickup in most leagues yet.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:57:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Emmanuel Mudiay
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Gary Harris
2Will Barton
3Jamal Murray
4Malik Beasley
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Juan Hernangomez
3Alonzo Gee
4Mike Miller
PF1Kenneth Faried
2Wilson Chandler
3Darrell Arthur
C1Nikola Jokic
2Jusuf Nurkic