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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 (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Tuesday.
The Nuggets have failed to provide a timetable for the rookie's return, and all we know is that former head coach Brain Shaw hinted that Nurkic would be out for a while. Nurkic is worth a stash if you have an open IR spot, but with fantasy playoffs upon us, his owners may need to look at other options. In the meantime, Kenneth Faried will continue to start at center, while more opportunities will be available for guys like J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne. Mar 3 - 8:54 PM

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Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Sunday as expected.

He is expected to be "out a while" according to head coach Brian Shaw, but his owners should at least entertain the idea of holding onto him if they have an IR spot, or at least until we get a firm timetable. Joffrey Lauvergene has been playing well for the Nuggets and is worth a look in deeper leagues, while J.J. Hickson might be able to finally make some noise as well.
Mar 1 - 6:46 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) is "out a while" due to his ankle sprain, according to coach Brian Shaw.

There is no timetable, but the sense is that he's going to need at least a week or maybe even a month to get over this injury. Nurkic was posting some elite value and could have been a top-50 player the rest of the way, so his owners will have to weigh their options on keeping him. While he's out, Joffrey Lauvergne seems to be benefitting most, but he's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Feb 28 - 3:53 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Utah, as expected.

With Nurkic unavailable, and Darrell Arthur (calf) being listed as doubtful, J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried are going to be logging heavy minutes on Friday, while newcomer Joffrey Lauvergne could put up some nice numbers. He had 11 points, nine boards, a steal and a block on Wednesday, when Nurkic got hurt. It's also possible that Wilson Chandler (groin) plays some minutes at power forward, but Denver is simply running out of options. Faried is going to have a lot of opportunity on Friday, so hopefully he can finally bust out of his slump.

Jusuf Nurkic suffered a right lateral ankle sprain on Wednesday and X-rays were negative.

This is actually not bad news for Nurkic, but he is still very likely to miss time and does not have a timetable to return. He was in a lot of pain and could not put weight on his foot. Nurkic owners should hold him for now because players have limped off the court without putting weight on their leg and play in their next game -- Rodney Stuckey did that over the weekend. With Nurkic out, it looks like fellow rookie Joffrey Lauvergne will step up after posting a nice line on Wednesday with 11 points and nine boards. J.J. Hickson will also play more, but his upside isn't great.
Feb 25 - 11:27 PM

Jusuf Nurkic suffered a right leg injury against the Suns on Wednesday and needed to go into a wheelchair.

He could not put any weight on his right leg and had a towel over his head because of the pain. Nurkic exited the game with eight points, eight boards, two assists, one steal and one block. He'll likely be re-evaluated tomorrow, but this doesn't look good. The Nuggets are suddenly going to have to count on Joffrey Lauvergne a lot.
Feb 25 - 11:07 PM

Jusuf Nurkic was unleashed in 33 minutes of action on Friday against the Bucks with 11 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks.

It's just the second time of his career in which he played more than 30 minutes. For months we've been waiting for Nurkic to get extended run and hopefully tonight is the start of him playing consistent minutes. If you held him the whole time, you should be feeling great right now.
Feb 21 - 2:44 AM

Jusuf Nurkic is the "only true untouchable" on the Nuggets' roster, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.

Lowe writes that you could land Ty Lawson or Kenneth Faried with a 'Godfather offer,' but that could be said about a lot of players around the league. More interestingly, Lowe notes that the Celtics had "exploratory" talks about Lawson, but it doesn't sound like those got very far, and the team will not include Marcus Smart in any talks. Despite the dumpster fire, the Nuggets don't seem quite ready for a complete teardown just yet.
Source: Grantland
Feb 16 - 10:45 AM

Jusuf Nurkic had six points, five boards, one assist, one steal and four blocks on Tuesday, making 3-of-3 field goals in 19 foul-plagued minutes vs. the Lakers.

This is a tired refrain for Nurkic -- he piles up terrific per-minute stats but is limited by unnecessary foul trouble. His role could change overnight during the All-Star break as Denver is expected to be one of the more aggressive trade-seeking teams in the association, but he remains a must-hold player with delectable fantasy upside.
Feb 11 - 1:44 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes before fouling out on Monday against the Thunder.

This is why we told you to hold on through the bad times. He's only going to get better as the year progresses.
Feb 10 - 3:41 AM

Jusuf Nurkic hit just 1-of-10 field goals in Friday's loss, but still managed to finish with six points, 13 rebounds, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

The biggest news here is probably the minutes, because we know that he's a late-round value when playing just 21.5 minutes per game (and despite hitting just 39.5% of his FGs). He'll get the shooting cleared up as he goes and that will be gravy on top of his already considerable upside. If somebody somehow dropped him pick him up.
Feb 7 - 12:56 AM

Jusuf Nurkic played well in his 21 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and two fouls.

He was great on both ends tonight and wasn't in foul trouble, but coach Brian Shaw didn't put him back in the game for the final 18 minutes. As this stat line indicates, Nurkic just needs 20 minutes to put up must-start numbers in standard leagues. His owners have to stick with him and continue to dislike Shaw because he apparently doesn't like fun, fantasy or winning.
Feb 4 - 10:46 PM

Jusuf Nurkic picked up a few quick fouls on Tuesday and wound up playing only 13 minutes, scoring seven points (3-of-5 FGs, 1-of-3 FTs) with three boards, one steal and one block.

JaVale McGee (illness) was out tonight but Nurkic's fouls erased any potential for increased playing time. Tonight was the latest example of his ability to quickly rack up rebounds and defensive stats, so frustrated owners should strive to keep him around a while longer -- with Denver rapidly fading from playoff contention, Nurkic's development may take center-stage after the All-Star break.
Feb 3 - 10:19 PM

Jusuf Nurkic missed all seven attempts from the field against the Grizzlies on Thursday with six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

The Grizzlies can make a rookie look bad and Nurkic won't be the last. He was booed throughout the game and the Memphis crowd didn't like his antics tonight. Nurkic's ceiling is through the roof, so there's no way his owners should consider cutting him.
Jan 29 - 11:34 PM

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ty Lawson
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Randy Foye
2Will Barton
3Gary Harris
SF1Wilson Chandler
2Danilo Gallinari
PF1Kenneth Faried
2Darrell Arthur
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2J.J. Hickson
3Joffrey Lauvergne