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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 played well in the starting lineup against the Wizards on Thursday, making all six attempts from the field for 13 points with seven rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes.
He actually played a decent defensive game. Nikola Jokic is coming on strong and did close this game over Nurkic, but this was Nurkic's best game of the month by far. He's still not quite doing enough to be used in standard leagues right now, but he does have a shred of stash appeal as long as you're OK with the ugly free throw shooting. Dec 8 - 10:34 PM

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The Nuggets will start Jameer Nelson, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Darrell Arthur and Jusuf Nurkic against the Wizards on Thursday.

Nurkic has been really bad, especially on the defensive side of things. Expect coach Mike Malone to keep Nurkic on a very short leash tonight. If he gives up 3-pointers on 1-5 or 2-5 pick-and-roll plays, it might be it for him tonight. Nikola Jokic should still get most of the minutes and is trending up big time.
Dec 8 - 6:35 PM

Jusuf Nurkic was benched for the final 22 minutes of Wednesday's ugly road loss in Brooklyn, finishing with 11 points, three rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes.

Nurkic was coming off a decent game on Monday, but he didn't endear himself to coach Mike Malone with more atrocious defense tonight (click the link below for a comical failed close-out on a Brook Lopez triple). The Nets scored in the paint at will in the first half, prompting Malone to say that his team played with "no fight." The fact that Nikola Jokic looked good tonight doesn't help Nurkic, and it will be fascinating to watch what happens to Denver's rotation on Thursday.
Dec 7 - 11:21 PM

Jusuf Nurkic came through with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 24 minutes of Monday's 106-98 win over the Sixers.

Nurkic has played pretty well in two of his last three games and is still the starting center for the Nuggets. He's been highly disappointing this season and may have been cut in your league. He might be in the process of turning it around, so taking a flier on him if you need a center makes a lot of sense right now.
Dec 5 - 10:12 PM

Jusuf Nurkic started again on Saturday, but hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points, four rebounds and zero blocks in just 13 minutes of a 105-98 loss to the Jazz.

It's hard to believe how bad Nurkic has been this season, but the fact he's averaging just 17.6 minutes over his last five games has a lot to do with why he's averaging just 7.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over that stretch. If the Nuggets aren't going to cut him loose and let him play, fantasy owners are going to be forced to cut him loose. And Nurkic didn't benefit one iota with Nikola Jokic out with a wrist injury again, and Jokic is expected to miss at least a couple more games. Sadly, it may be time to finally move on, since the Nuggets show no intentions of giving him the 25 minutes he needs to succeed, although there is still a sliver of hope that he finally gets it going as long as Jokic is missing games.
Dec 4 - 12:04 AM

Jusuf Nurkic played 20 minutes against the Rockets on Friday with 10 point, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

Nikola Jokic (wrist) did not play in this game, so Nurkic only getting 20 minutes is a pretty bad sign. He has been a disaster in pick-and-roll coverage and he didn't do a good job in really any facet on defense. Nurkic also missed both free throws, so he's killing his owners there, too. His fantasy value depends a lot on who owns him, but he's lost a lot of his preseason luster for sure.
Dec 3 - 2:17 AM

Jusuf Nurkic had another forgettable game on Wednesday, scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting with six rebounds, one assist, five turnovers and three fouls in 17 minutes.

Nurkic has been much improved scoring around the rim this season, but he's still haunted by familiar fantasy failings. He's shooting 30.1 percent while 3-10 feet from the hoop, and he's averaging more turnovers (2.2) than assists (1.6). His fouls per minute have dropped this season, but he's still been a net-negative contributor in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. He has enough upside to hold in most leagues, but it makes sense to start floating some trade offers.
Dec 1 - 1:06 AM

Jusuf Nurkic was only on the floor for 16 minutes during Sunday's 120-114 win over the Suns, ending his evening with just eight points, six boards, two assists and two turnovers.

Nurkic's value has been trending in the wrong direction ever since Nikola Jokic went to the bench, and at this point it's looking like a trade is going to be the only thing that can rectify his season. Since Jokic went to the bench seven games ago, Nurkic has been abysmal with averages of 8.9 points, 7.3 boards and just 0.7 swats per game while hitting just 35.3 percent of his freebies. Those numbers have him ranked well outside the top-250, but he still has way too much upside to outright cut.
Nov 27 - 6:40 PM

Jusuf Nurkic made 1-of-8 from the field and missed all three shots from the line for two points with six rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He's had success against Rudy Gobert before, but not tonight. Nurkic had a big game on Tuesday and is still battling with his consistency this season. Nurkic's abysmal 50.0 percent from the line this season has torpedoed his fantasy value, but he's still a hold for his upside.
Nov 24 - 12:58 AM

Jusuf Nurkic started at center on Tuesday and had 14 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks on 7-of-13 shooting in a tough win over the Bulls.

Here we go! After several frustrating games, Nurkic is now averaging 15 points over his last three games and 12.5 rebounds over his last two, along with a block. He's still not fully trustworthy, but he appears to be back. Make sure he's not floating on your waiver wire, and if you picked him up after he was dumped by a frustrated owner, you have to be feeling pretty good right now. Here's to hoping he can keep it going.
Nov 22 - 11:48 PM

Jusuf Nurkic made 8-of-12 shots in 26 minutes to finish Sunday's home win with 16 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal.

The Nuggets won 105-91 and their frontcourt rotation is starting to click, with coach Mike Malone settling into a reliable pattern that doesn't pair Nurkic with Nikola Jokic. It's been a wild ride for Nurk's owners this season but he's on the upswing again, averaging 15.0 points on combined 13-of-21 shooting in the Nuggets' past two games. He did go 0-of-6 at the line tonight, highlighting a weakness, but his fantasy owners won't be complaining.
Nov 21 - 12:35 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

The stat line doesn't look good, but Nurkic's defense was very good tonight. His rebounding numbers have fallen off a cliff lately, averaging 4.2 boards in his last five. His offense hasn't been great either with 6.2 points and 1.0 assists on 38.7 percent from the field in that span. Nurkic also didn't close this game out in favor of Nikola Jokic and this looks like a straight split. That's fine, though. He's still a hold in standard leagues despite his stat slump lately.
Nov 19 - 1:55 AM

Jusuf Nurkic failed to score in 15 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday, going 0-of-4 from the field with six boards, four assists and one block.

These are trying times for Nurk's owners and his hot start to the season seems like a distant memory right now -- in the past four games he's averaging just 17.0 minutes. The silver lining is that Denver's rotations are all over the place and Nurk's role could improve overnight.
Nov 17 - 12:45 AM

Jusuf Nurkic grabbed nine boards and blocked one shot on Sunday, adding eight points on 3-of-11 FGs and 2-of-4 FTs in 19 minutes of action.

The Nuggets are trying to get Nikola Jokic more minutes at center, which is a direct threat to Nurkic's playing time. He's averaging a mere 19.0 minutes over his past four games and Mike Malone suggested that Nurk's role will fluctuate from game to game -- "Whoever is having the [best] night, we’ll go with that big down the stretch." He's trending down after a terrific start to the season.
Source: BSN Denver
Nov 14 - 12:50 AM

Jusuf Nurkic was invisible on Saturday night, failing to score a single point and grabbing just two rebounds.

Nurk's production has been trending in the wrong direction for a week now, but he bottomed out on Saturday. For some reason, coach Mike Malone chose to play Kenneth Faried as his lone big man for long stretches against the Pistons. Nurkic played just 16 minutes and attempted only two shots, missing them both. He had more turnovers (2) than blocks, steals, assists and made field goals (1) combined. Over his last four games, Nurkic is now averaging just 6.0 points, 4.5 boards and 0.7 blocks. Nurkic owners have no choice but to remain patient and hope Nurk bounces back in a big way once the Nuggets rotation stabilizes.
Nov 13 - 12:02 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Emmanuel Mudiay
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Gary Harris
2Will Barton
3Jamal Murray
4Malik Beasley
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Wilson Chandler
3Juan Hernangomez
4Mike Miller
PF1Nikola Jokic
2Kenneth Faried
3Darrell Arthur
C1Jusuf Nurkic