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Jusuf Nurkic | Center | #27

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
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 exploded in his first start for the Blazers, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds five assists, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.
Hello, sir. It's the first time he's double-doubled with at least five assists in his career and he's been shockingly good in the first unit. After the game, Nurkic said this was the most fun he's had in two years. Nurkic couldn't really set screens in Denver, but he was much better doing so tonight -- it helps to play next to Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He's not likely going to be this good and has been wildly inconsistent, but obviously Nurk Alert has to be owned. Feb 23 - 10:36 PM

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Jusuf Nurkic and Noah Vonleh will start vs. the Magic on Thursday.

Meyers Leonard and Ed Davis will shift to the bench and this is a fairly predictable move after Portland dealt Mason Plumlee to acquire Nurk before the All-Star break. He racked up 13 points, seven boards, three steals and one block in 21 minutes during his Blazers debut, and projects as a solid rest-of-season option in an expanded role for Portland.
Feb 23 - 6:57 PM

Jusuf Nurkic could move into the starting lineup on Thursday vs. the Magic.

He had a strong debut with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 21 minutes, shooting 5-of-5 from the field. Coach Terry Stotts previously said that Nurk Alert would have to earn the starting gig, so it would be great for his value if he moved into the first unit after just one game. He's trending up in a hurry and is worth adding in standard leagues if you're OK with sub-par shooting percentages and a high turnover rate. If Nurk starts, Meyers Leonard will return to the bench.
Feb 23 - 12:09 PM

Jusuf Nurkic had an impressive debut against the Jazz on Wednesday, making all five attempts from the field for 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 21 minutes.

Coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic could have an opportunity to start at some point, so this game certainly helped his case. Plus, Meyers Leonard has not looked good at all in the starting lineup. Although, the Blazers have the third-lowest frequency in post-up possessions because of how their guards dominate, and Nurkic is ranked third among players in that department. That could mean he's a better fit in the second unit. Whether he starts or not, Nurkic looks like he's headed for minutes in a good offense. He will have some consistency issues, but it makes sense to add him with his change of scenery possibly giving him some added incentive to play well.
Feb 16 - 12:10 AM

Terry Stotts said that Jusuf Nurkic will make his Trail Blazers' debut Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

Nurkic said that his skill set wasn't utilized correctly in Denver, and he's eager to play alongside Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. However, Stotts has already said that he'll ease Nurkic into Portland's system by bringing him off the bench, but with guys like Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard as his only real competition for the starting center spot, you figure he's got a good chance of winning that battle. Nurkic is worth taking a flier on in most leagues.
Feb 14 - 4:00 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (trade) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

While the trade is official, there is still some paperwork that needs to be processed by the NBA. For now, expect Nurk Alert to make his Blazers debut on Wednesday vs. the Jazz. Meyers Leonard is listed as the starter Monday, but Ed Davis also has a good chance to draw the start. Nurkic will have a chance to win the starting job when he's "acclimated," but coach Terry Stotts said he will initially bring him off the bench.
Feb 13 - 8:06 PM

Jusuf Nurkic is not expected to play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

The trade is now official, but we likely won't see Nurkic suit up until Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz. "We are pleased to add a young center with Jusuf’s talent and potential to our roster and excited by the prospect of three first round picks in the 2017 NBA Draft," Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said. Nurkic has a great opportunity in Portland and should be the favorite to start at center, so give him a look if you're targeting points, rebounds and blocks. Just keep in mind that he's prone to turnovers and doesn't have great shooting percentages.
Feb 13 - 12:02 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Jusuf Nurkic has been traded to the Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee.

The Blazers will also send a 2018 second round pick to Denver, while the Nuggets will send a 2017 first-rounder (via Memphis) to Portland. Nurkic was a major bust in Denver this season, but he has an excellent chance to become the starting center in Portland. If you're OK with sub-par shooting percentages and a high turnover rate, picking up Nurkic makes a lot of sense for his upside in boards and blocks -- Nurkic has per-36 minute averages of 16.0 points, 11.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks. The Blazers now have three first-round picks in the 2017 draft.
Feb 12 - 1:19 PM

Jusuf Nurkic was a healthy DNP-CD on Wednesday.

It wasn't a good matchup for Nurkic, but that's hardly the whole story. In his past four games he's had two DNP-CDs sandwiching games with 24 minutes and five minutes, and his role is far too uncertain to bother with him in fantasy. It will require a trade to an ideal situation for Nurkic to be worth owning.
Feb 9 - 12:01 AM

Jusuf Nurkic played just five minutes in Monday's easy win over the Mavericks, finishing with three points and two rebounds.

He played 24 minutes on Saturday against the Spurs and racked up nine points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block, so there was some hope he'd have a nice game against the center-less Mavs tonight. Nope. Even with Nikola Jokic in foul trouble and Kenneth Faried out for personal reasons, Nurkic didn't get much run tonight. He belongs on waivers and is an incredibly risky DFS flier, as well. Regardless of matchups or who is in uniform for the Nuggets.
Feb 7 - 12:05 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored nine points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Spurs during a 121-97 loss on Saturday.

It wasn't all garbage time for Nurkic in this game with Nikola Jokic getting into some foul trouble earlier. Plus, coach Mike Malone has used Nurkic more often against the Spurs based on how well he played against them last year. He's not a pickup after this.
Feb 5 - 1:32 AM

Jusuf Nurkic was a DNP-CD on Friday against the Bucks.

He wasn't even on the bench for the second half and coach Mike Malone explained after the game. "He just stayed in the locker room maybe getting treatment on his knee, foot," Malone said. The coach said he had "no idea" until after the game, so obviously he wasn't going to be in the rotation. It feels like his Denver days are nearing an end.
Feb 4 - 2:12 AM

Jameer Nelson, Gary Harris, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Grizzlies.

Nurkic has been a nightmare, but coach Mike Malone will throw a big body at Marc Gasol. He'll have a tough time avoiding foul trouble.
Feb 1 - 8:38 PM

Jusuf Nurkic started at center and missed all seven of his shots, finishing Tuesday's loss to the Lakers with just one point, four rebounds and one block in 12 minutes.

Ouch. If there was a game that Nurkic should have played well in, it was this one against some bad Lakers D. Sure, he's likely going to be traded, making him an interesting stash candidate, but if he couldn't produce with Nikola Jokic in street clothes for the last couple games, it's hard to imagine a scenario where his value would substantially increase when he's moved. Stash him if you want, but if you're holding him simply because Jokic is out, that ship looks like it has sailed. Jurkic appears to have lost all confidence for the time being.
Feb 1 - 12:54 AM

Jusuf Nurkic started in place of Nikola Jokic (hip) on Saturday vs. the Suns, but was quiet with five points on 2-of-4 shooting with four boards and three turnovers in 15 minutes.

So disappointing. Nurkic got a quick hook in the first and third quarters and didn't play down the stretch. He didn't play well either, so it's not like he deserved more burn. Jokic is out for at least one more game and Nurkic gets a dream matchup vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, so maybe he can bounce back if coach Michael Malone gives him another shot. He needs a trade in the worst way and should be treated like a stash following this dud.
Jan 28 - 11:37 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Allen Crabbe
3Pat Connaughton
4Tim Quarterman
SF1Moe Harkless
2Evan Turner
3Jake Layman
PF1Noah Vonleh
2Al-Farouq Aminu
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2Meyers Leonard
3Ed Davis
4Festus Ezeli