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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 (leg) went through a 90-minute workout on Tuesday morning.
Nurkic stated back in April that he expected his right leg to be fully healed in 2-3 months, so he has to be pretty close to 100 percent at this point considering he's going through hard, 90-minute workouts. Nurkic was fantastic in his 20 games with the Trail Blazers this past season, flirting with top-40 value behind averages of 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 dimes, 1.3 steals, 1.9 blocks and 3.1 turnovers per game, so he could be in for a huge Year-3 as Portland's unquestioned starting center. Jul 4 - 6:59 PM

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Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has withdrawn from the World Championship pre-qualfication.

In a post on Instragram, Nurkic said he's still rehabbing his leg injury. "An assessment by my club's medical team that injuries in this condition require a careful approach and a special work program, in order to be ready to welcome a new season in a few months," Nurkic said (via Google Translate). He should be ready for camp and is a very interesting target in fantasy drafts.
Jun 30 - 3:16 PM

Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said that Jusuf Nurkic (leg), Ed Davis (shoulder) and Allen Crabbe (foot) are all expected to be good to go for training camp.

Nurkic's 2016-17 campaign was cut short after he sustained a non-displaced fibular fracture in late-March, but he was pretty fantastic in the 20 games he played for Portland this past season, pumping out averages of 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 dimes, 1.3 steals, 1.9 blocks and 3.1 turnovers per game on 50.8 percent shooting from the field, which was good enough for top-50 value in standard 9-cat leagues. Nurkic will be in a contract year next season, so he could be in for a monster Year-3.
Jun 26 - 2:44 PM

Jusuf Nurkic said he expects his leg to be fully healed in 2-3 months.

Nurkic has plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2017-18 season, and we'll be sure to track his progress every step of the way. The Portland players universally praised Nurkic at their exit interviews for his impressive play as a member of the Trail Blazers, and he could be in a for a big year next season as their full-time starter. Nurkic put in averages of 15.2 points, 7.1 boards, 3.2 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.9 blocks through 20 games with the Blazers, and he said he'll be working on his 3-point shot this offseason, so he could take another big leap in Year-3.
Apr 25 - 4:05 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors.

Nurkic experienced some soreness in his leg after playing 17 minutes on Saturday, and with Portland falling into a 0-3 hole, there's not much incentive for him to risk suffering a setback with this series pretty much over. Noah Vonleh should be back in the starting lineup on Monday with Meyers Leonard, Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu all spending some minutes at the five-spot.

Jusuf Nurkic returned to the lineup during a loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring two points with 11 rebounds, four assists and one block in 17 minutes.

He made a big impact in the paint but Nurkic was not quite up to snuff on the conditioning side of things. He didn't have much life in his legs and he wasn't really doing much as a scorer. He'll have a couple days to get in better shape and should be in the 20s for minutes on Monday.
Apr 23 - 1:30 AM

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) will start and play limited minutes in Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

He's back. Nurkic went through warmups without an issue and will be out there to kick off his first playoff game. Coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic's minutes will depend on how he's feeling, so he doesn't have a specific cap on his playing time. Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh will lose playing time.
Apr 22 - 9:09 PM

Jusuf Nurkic's status for Game 3 against the Warriors will be determined after he tests leg in pregame work on the court, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

He has gone through some non-contact portion of practice and is doubtful to play. Nurkic has said before he has super strength and he isn't feeling pain, so he does have a chance to play. Plus, the Blazers being in an 0-2 hole may help his chances to be out there. If he is cleared, he'll almost certainly have a minutes cap.
Apr 22 - 4:28 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has gone through non-contact portions of practice in the past two days.

He is still doubtful to play and not going through contact isn't the best sign. Pain tolerance was expected to be the biggest hurdle for Nurkic, so it's possible he can play on Saturday. If he is a go, he'll almost certainly have a minutes cap.
Apr 22 - 3:00 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (right leg) has been upgraded to doubtful for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

Progress. Nurkic has said he's been pain free for over a week, but it sounds like he'll be out for at least one more game. Nurkic suffered the injury about a month ago, but non-displaced leg fractures have a wide range for a prognosis. If he's out again, Moe Harkless, Noah Vonleh, Al-Farouq Aminu and Meyers Leonard should soak up most of the minutes at the PF and C spots.
Apr 21 - 3:19 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) said he's still not ready and he will miss Wednesday's Game 2 vs. Golden State.

There remains hope that Nurkic will be able to return at some point during Portland's first-round series, but given the way the Dubs won in Game 1, he might not have a ton of time to get out there. The Trail Blazers will continue to man the five-spot by committee in Nurkic's absence, with Noah Vonleh, Meyers Leonard, Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless all spending some time at center.

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) will not play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

He was originally considered questionable and the big man made it sound like he would play if it was up to him, but the Blazers training staff aren't ready to clear him just yet. Nurk is reportedly pain free, and head coach Terry Stotts said he was hopeful to get Nurkic back at some point during Portland's first-round series, so maybe he will return in time for Game 2 on Wednesday. Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh and Al-Farouq Aminu will likely all spend some time at center in this series.

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is listed as questionable to face the Warriors in Game 1 on Sunday.

His status remains the biggest mystery of the postseason. Nurkic said that if it is up to him, he would be able to play. He said he's pain free, which is expected to be the biggest hurdle for him to get cleared. Still, the Blazers training staff may want to be careful on Nurkic and he would likely be limited in his first game back. If he can't go, it'll be Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh and Al-Farouq Aminu holding down the fort at the five. Aminu would likely be the five man against the Warriors' Mega Death Lineup.
Apr 15 - 2:39 PM

Jusuf Nurkic said he has been making progress but is unsure if he will be cleared to play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

"I feel better and I’ve made good progress, but we still haven’t decided if I’m going to play," Nurkic said. "If it was up to me, I’d play right now." It's hard to overstate the impact Nurk has had on the Blazers since his arrival via trade from Denver. Portland went 18-8 after the All-Star break, with Nurkic averaging 15.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.2 steals.
Apr 15 - 9:16 AM

Coach Terry Stotts says Jusuf Nurkic's (leg) status for Game 1 is "undetermined."

The Blazers were hoping to get a clearer picture on when Nurkic could get back out there, but it may not happen today. Nurkic has been doing some shooting and he did say he was pain-free. Pain tolerance is expected to be the biggest hurdle for Nurkic, so there's a chance he could be giving it a go. The Blazers will need him badly after Kevin Durant torched the Blazers at the rim in the season series.
Apr 14 - 5:03 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Shabazz Napier
SG1C.J. McCollum
2Allen Crabbe
3Pat Connaughton
4R.J. Hunter
SF1Moe Harkless
2Evan Turner
3Jake Layman
PF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Caleb Swanigan
3Noah Vonleh
4Zach Collins
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2Meyers Leonard
3Ed Davis