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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 (left knee surgery) is still 3-4 weeks away from making his return to the court.
Head coach Mike Malone said that Nurkic has been limited to the non-contact portions of the Nuggets' practices, so it doesn't sound like he'll be returning to the court until mid-December at the earliest. With three talented young centers on the Nuggets roster (Nikola Jokic and Joffrey Lauvergne) all vying for minutes in Denver’s frontcout, Nurkic's fantasy outlook isn't looking that great. He's still worth stashing away in deep leagues, but his appeal isn't quite as alluring in standard formats. Nov 27 - 7:33 PM

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Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post said that Jusuf Nurkic (knee) is making progress and should be able to return "sometime in December."

This isn't a surprise as he has been expected to return in December for a little while now, but it's nice to hear it again. Nurkic took some contact in practice on Monday, but expect the Nuggets to limit his minutes once he is able to return. Nurkic should have a significant role down the stretch, so he's a quality stash in most leagues.
Nov 24 - 8:50 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (knee) took some contact in practice on Monday.

He was just doing some post-up moves and still doesn't have a timetable to return. Nurkic is likely going to make it back at some point in December and will likely have a minutes limit. If you're in a weekly league and need a big man, he's worth a stash.
Nov 23 - 3:53 PM

Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said on Sunday that Jusuf Nurkic (knee) is still "a ways away" from a return.

Malone was quoted back in October saying that Nurkic could be back on the court "sometime in November," but this latest quote makes it seem like a November return might not be in the cards for Nurkic. It'll be Joffrey Lauvergne and Nikola Jokic manning the center position for however long Nurkic is sidelined, with Lauvergne offering the most upside.
Nov 1 - 6:05 PM

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said that Jusuf Nurkic (knee) could return "sometime in November."

Nurkic has been rehabbing his knee on the side during practices, but this report would mean that he will likely miss the beginning of the season. Nurkic could be the starting center when he returns and he does have a lot of upside, but he should be available towards the end of drafts following this news. Joffrey Lauvergne and Nikola Jokic could get some extra minutes right out of the gate.
Oct 20 - 4:12 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will not play on Sunday vs. the Thunder.

Nurkic is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and his status for the beginning of the season is still uncertain. Nurkic should be the starting center in Denver this season and he does have a lot of upside if he can stay out of foul trouble, so he is worth a pick in the later rounds.
Oct 18 - 6:42 PM

The Nuggets have picked up their team option on Jusuf Nurkic as expected.

Nurkic has a bright future ahead of him in Denver, so it was an easy decision for the Nuggets. Nurkic is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and hasn't played in the preseason yet, but there is still some hope that he will be ready in time for the season opener. After averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks per game as a starter last season, Nurkic is an excellent late-round target.
Oct 11 - 1:37 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against Chicago.

Nurkic is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, but reports thus far indicate that he'll be good to go once the regular season begins. He makes for an intriguing late-round selection on draft day after averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks per game as a starter last season.
Oct 8 - 2:58 PM

Mike Malone has been impressed with Jusuf Nurkic.

"I'm very impressed. In a weird way he reminds me of DeMarcus Cousins," Malone said. This should prompt several GIFs on Twitter of the Cousins-Nurkic matchup from last season in which Juka did not back down from Cousins, and we look forward to more of that again this season.
Sep 28 - 2:24 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will not be ready to start training camp next week.

He had surgery back in May to repair a partially torn patella tendon. Nurkic was expected to miss four months and is starting to do some on-court work. The Nuggets will likely ease him into a role to start the year, but he's still worth a flier later in drafts. If for some reason he can't go, Joffrey Lauvergne and Nikola Jokic could get more minutes next to Kenneth Faried.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 23 - 6:39 PM

Jusuf Nurkic posted a video of himself to Twitter on Sunday working on his 3-point shot.

Nurkic only attempted two 3-point shots last season (missing both), so we'd like to see him take and make some 3-pointers during the preseason before reading too much into this. Nurkic is still recovering from knee surgery that he underwent this offseason, but he is hopeful to be ready for Denver's season opener. He has some upside, and is worth a late-round selection after posting averages of 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks per game with the starting unit last season.
Sep 13 - 6:55 PM

According to the Denver Post, Jusuf Nurkic (knee) is still rehabbing and is hoping to be ready by the start of the season or "soon thereafter."

The Nuggets have been quiet regarding the status of Nurkic since his knee surgery back in May, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he won't be ready in time for training camp. We will continue to be on the lookout for a status update, but as of right now he is still worth a late-round flier after averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks with the starting unit last season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 4 - 1:37 PM

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.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 7 - 5:56 PM

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

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PG1Emmanuel Mudiay
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Gary Harris
2Randy Foye
3Jamaal Franklin
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Will Barton
PF1Kenneth Faried
2J.J. Hickson
3Darrell Arthur
4Kostas Papanikolaou
5Wilson Chandler
C1Joffrey Lauvergne
2Nikola Jokic
3Jusuf Nurkic