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Jusuf Nurkic | Center

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (21) / 8/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 280
College: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Contract: view contract details

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Jusuf Nurkic (knee) said that everything is going good in his recovery from offseason knee surgery, but he would not commit to an official return date.
"Everything is going good," said Nurkic. "[Trainers and doctors] tell me that everything is good. I feel so good, but I must be patient day-by-day." When asked if he'd be ready for training camp Nurkic responded: "It's not important for now. Let's think about the next 15 years, not one month before, or one less." We'll be tracking Nurkic's progress closely this offseason, but he'll have the starting center spot locked up in Denver and should make for a quality late-round pick on draft day. Jul 7 - 5:56 PM
Source: Denver Post

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Jusuf Nurkic will suit up for the Bosnian National Team at EuroBasket this summer.

Nurkic was thrust into a starting role with the Nuggets during the 2014-15 season when Timofey Mozgov was sent away to Cleveland in exchange for some draft picks, and he averaged 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks on 43.8 percent shooting with the starting unit. There's a lot of upside here, but Nurkic will need to learn to stop settling for the mid-range jump shot and how to stay out of foul trouble to truly realize his potential.
Jun 12 - 11:37 AM

Jusuf Nurkic had successful surgery to repair a partially torn left patellar tendon on Wednesday.

An earlier timetable says Nurkic will miss the next 3-4 months, so he should be ready for camp. The Nuggets may look to address their frontcourt with the seventh pick in the draft, which could potentially hurt Nurkic's numbers. He averaged 6.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.10 blocks in 62 games this season.
May 20 - 7:29 PM

Jusuf Nurkic will undergo knee surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and he is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months.

This news comes out of nowhere, as this is the first we are hearing about a knee issue. Nurkic is dealing with a slight tear of the patella tendon, but it isn't clear when he suffered the injury. This means that Nurkic will miss Eurobasket this summer with the Bosnian national team, but hopefully he will be ready in time for training camp with the Nuggets. Nurkic had a decent rookie season with averages of 6.9 points, 6.2 boards and 1.1 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game, but he will need to learn how to stay out of foul trouble. We will monitor his progress very closely this summer, so keep an eye on the injury report.
May 20 - 9:36 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 17 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers against the Warriors on Wednesday.

He played just seven minutes on Monday, which basically sums up his season. We saw Nurkic post some massive numbers at times, but his coaches always seemed to keep the doghouse open for him. The Nuggets might draft a big man, which would hurt Nurkic's upside.
Apr 16 - 1:22 AM

Jusuf Nurkic will join Ty Lawson, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari in the starting lineup vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

He hasn't been playing well at all, but the Nuggets are resting Faried tonight and Nurkic could have a big game if he manages to stay out of foul trouble. Regardless, he is only worth a last-second look for any owner in need of boards and blocks.
Apr 15 - 10:15 PM

Jusuf Nurkic played only 11 minutes off Denver's bench on Sunday, finishing with two points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block.

The small-ball Kings weren't a good matchup for Nurkic, but he's averaging a mere 11.0 minutes over the past three games. The Nuggets may be protecting the health of their prized 20-year-old center, as he recently returned from an ankle injury, but either way he's become unusable in fantasy leagues. Look elsewhere for a dose of rebounds and blocks.
Apr 12 - 7:43 PM

Jusuf Nurkic played just 14 foul-plagued minutes in Friday's double-overtime loss, scoring eight points on 2-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds and one steal.

Nurkic hasn't been able to get over the hump since his serious ankle injury and he's a risky play at best for those needing big man help.
Apr 11 - 3:35 AM

Jusuf Nurkic logged 26 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring six points on 3-of-3 shooting with nine rebounds and three steals against the Spurs.

The minutes are a good sign and the blocks will come. If you need a big man he's worth a pickup.
Apr 4 - 1:52 AM

Jusuf Nurkic played 19 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 10 points on 5-of-5 from the field with one rebound and one steal.

Joffrey Laurvergne came off the bench before Nurkic tonight, but he was still able to get some minutes. It looked like Nurkic was going to be unleashed with two big games last weekend in 27.5 minutes per game, but he's seen his playing time cut back. We still like him as a hold, but he's not completely undroppable because he's off until Wednesday.
Mar 29 - 12:31 AM

Jusuf Nurkic was grounded on Friday against the Jazz, logging 11 minutes with just three points and three rebounds to show for it.

Nurkic looks like he came back from his ankle injury too soon and it appears to have derailed a promising last third of the season. With an unfavorable schedule, the only folks that should be sniffing a stash are those in desperate need of a big man.
Mar 28 - 2:56 AM

Jusuf Nurkic played just seven minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with two points, three rebounds, one assist and one block.

He did not play in the fourth quarter and there's been no word on why -- Brian Shaw didn't magically appear on the sidelines, though. Nurkic was getting some big minutes before with 27.5 per game over his last two, so we're still against cutting him after a dud like this one. He should be owned in all leagues for his high ceiling.
Mar 26 - 2:22 AM

Jusuf Nurkic fouled out in 25 minutes during Sunday's game, which he finished with 11 points, six rebounds, one assist and three steals.

Fouls have been a concern for Nurkic all season and they reared their ugly head again tonight, restricting him to mediocre value. His 5-of-7 shooting was tainted by a 1-of-4 mark at the FT line, but owners should still be mildly encouraged by tonight's performance -- he's poised for as many minutes as he can handle in the coming weeks and is a reliable source of FG percentage, rebounds and blocks.
Mar 22 - 9:00 PM

Jusuf Nurkic tied a career-high with 16 points against the Heat on Friday, hitting 7-of-10 shots with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.

The warts are still there with four turnovers and five fouls on the night, but he stayed on the floor and saved his fantasy value in the process. His upside is readily apparent and he should be picked up if he was dropped.
Mar 21 - 1:27 AM

Jusuf Nurkic is listed as the starter against the Heat on Friday.

After not logging a single second in the first half of Thursday, Nurkic will take Danilo Gallinari's (rest) spot in the starting lineup. Nurkic has admitted he wasn't at 100 percent, so he'll look to get more than 22 minutes for the first time since Feb. 22. There's a lot of risk in starting him, but the upside is far too much too ignore. He's worth owning in most leagues with tonight serving as a huge night for his value going forward.
Mar 20 - 6:12 PM

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5Nikola Radicevic
SG1Wilson Chandler
2Randy Foye
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SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Will Barton
PF1Kenneth Faried
2Darrell Arthur
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C1Jusuf Nurkic
2J.J. Hickson
3Joffrey Lauvergne
4Nikola Jokic