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Jusuf Nurkic | Center | #27

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 275
College: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (16) / CHI
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Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks against the Kings on Saturday.
Besides the lack of rebounding, Nurkic is starting to come around lately. In his last five, he averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 steals on 43.5 percent from the field. He's also been really bad with his turnovers, ranking fourth among centers with 51 despite only 31 dimes. Nurk is still trending up and he has been healthy, but he's got a lot of work to do to make his owners happy. Nov 19 - 1:00 AM

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Jusuf Nurkic scored 17 points (7-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) against his former Nuggets in a 99-82 win on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.

He's now 2-0 against his old teammates. Nurk was forcing things tonight with revenge on his mind, turning the ball over a season-high seven times. The good news is that he seemed healthy after struggling with a lower back issue over the weekend, and he played twice the amount of minutes as Ed Davis (four points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes). Next up for Portland is a home game against Orlando on Wednesday before a back-to-back set against the Kings this weekend.
Nov 14 - 12:33 AM

Jusuf Nurkic dealt with a sore lower back after Friday's game, but he said it's not an issue and he'll be ready to go vs. Denver on Monday.

Nurkic and coach Terry Stotts' decision to bench him for most of the fourth quarter, in favor of Ed Davis. "I respect coach's decision," Nurk said. "And to be honest, I never have a better coach than Stotts. So, there's [not] anything wrong." Stotts said that he stuck with Davis because the team was on a run with him in the game, adding, "It wasn't so much about Nurk." We'll keep an eye on this situation, but there's no cause for immediate concern.
Source: Oregonian
Nov 12 - 5:53 PM

Jusuf Nurkic said he skipped talking to reporters following Friday's loss to the Nets because he was in the treatment room getting his back worked on.

This perhaps could explain why Nurkic did not play most of the fourth quarter of Friday's loss, but hopefully, this isn't something that affects his status for Monday's game against the Nuggets. Just to be safe, we'll though him on the injury report, and owners can expect to get another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned.
Nov 12 - 5:09 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 21 points with five rebounds and one assist on 10-of-20 shooting in 25 minutes in Friday's 101-97 loss to the Nets.

Nurk was benched for the final 11:07 of this game and we're not sure why because he was having his way with the Nets early. The Nets have given up the fifth most fantasy points to centers this season, making coach Terry Stott's decision to pull him even more confusing. We'll look for an explanation, but his owners should expect a monster revenge game against Denver on Monday. For what it's worth, Nurk ate them alive last season with 33 points and 15 rebounds.
Nov 11 - 1:10 AM

Jusuf Nurkic hit 3-of-9 shots for six points, five rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes vs. the Grizzlies.

Fantasy owners can blame this line on the tough matchup vs. Marc Gasol and his three fouls, but at least his owners can look forward to Friday's matchup vs. the Nets -- Brooklyn has allowed the most fantasy points to centers this season.
Nov 8 - 1:41 AM

Jusuf Nurkic hit 11-of-15 shots for 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of Sunday's 103-99 win over the Thunder.

Nurkic got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but is crushing over his last three games, averaging 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocks. We're always worried about injuries with Nurkic, but he's healthy and rolling right now. If you want to sell high on him, now is as good a time as any.
Nov 5 - 11:45 PM

Jusuf Nurkic posted season-highs with 28 points, five assists and three steals against the Lakers on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three turnovers and five fouls in 29 minutes.

It was a season high in usage rate (38.2) and in efficiency (64.3 TS%), as well. The first quarter has been a problem for him for most of the season, but he scored 10 points in his first eight minutes tonight and was able to keep it going. Nurkic is coming off a previous season-high 19 points vs. Utah on Wednesday, and he was starting next to Noah Vonleh when he was on fire last season, so maybe that helps, too. He'll get a tough matchup against Steven Adams on Sunday.
Nov 3 - 2:17 AM

Jusuf Nurkic woke up in a big way in Wednesday's 112-103 overtime loss to the Jazz, scoring 19 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 35 minutes.

His owners have been waiting patiently for the big lines and it comes in the most unlikely spot, as Rudy Gobert and the Jazz have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing centers this season. Nurk Alert hit 9-of-18 shots with a couple turnovers, but he only managed to hit 1-of-4 free throws. He has another great chance for a big performance on Thursday vs. the Lakers.
Nov 2 - 1:51 AM

Jusuf Nurkic couldn't get anything going vs. the Raptors on Monday, scoring eight points with six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes.

He hit 4-of-9 shots and finished with a +/- rating of -15 in his 26 minutes. As for his competition, Ed Davis played down the stretch and was a +7, scoring seven points with eight rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes. Davis has been eating into Nurkic's workload, but it's just a matter of time before Nurk Alert gets loose for some monster lines. There's a lot of buy-low appeal here.
Oct 31 - 1:14 AM

Jusuf Nurkic made 6-of-15 from the field for 17 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and three turnovers in 28 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

While this game was decent besides the inefficiency, it's just not coming together for Nurkic right now and he's had several favorable matchups in this young season. Specifically, he is absolutely brutal in the first quarter of games. In those 49 minutes, he somehow has a 28.0 TS% and a 29.2 usage rate while he has his worst rebounding quarter by a lot, too. We can probably rule out that he won't be hitting his ADP and he doesn't have the life in his legs like last year, but he can be viewed as a buy-low option. He really needs to improve his shot selection and take care of the ball.
Oct 29 - 1:17 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 27 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

It's been a really rough start for Nurkic, making just 39.3 percent from the field with averages of 12.6 points, 7.8 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.6 steals and a whopping 3.8 turnovers in only 25.6 minutes. Nurkic has been a nightmare around the basket, making just 42.3 percent within three feet. He's had some issues with that before, so hopefully this isn't a trend. He could be a buy-low option.
Oct 27 - 1:08 AM

Jusuf Nurkic played just 20 minutes and hit 3-of-7 shots for 12 points, seven rebounds, one steal and zero blocks in Tuesday's win over the Pelicans.

Ed Davis and Caleb Swanigan played some very meaningful minutes off the bench and they were crashing the glass and working hard. Terry Stotts stuck with them for awhile before bringing Nurk back in later in the game. Yes, Nurkic is off to a slow start this season, but as long as he's healthy he should be owned everywhere, struggling or not.
Oct 25 - 1:12 AM

Jusuf Nurkic isn't worried about his slow start to the season.

"I must be better, and I’m going to be,’’ Nurkic said. "It just takes time.’’ Through three games, Nurkic is averaging 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds on 43.2 percent shooting, and he has a total of six assists compared to 13 turnovers. Damian Lillard believes Nurkic's slow start can be blamed on the faster pace in Portland, so look for the star PG to make an effort to get Nurkic more touches going forward.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 22 - 12:36 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting during Saturday's narrow loss to the Bucks, to go with 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

Nurkic hasn't shot a great percentage through the first three games of the year, as he's been uncharacteristically inaccurate from under the basket, converting on just 33.3 percent of his attempts at the rim. However, there's really no way that trend will continue, and the fact that he's been working with a 30.7 usage rate this season is very encouraging regarding his rest of season outlook. This was his best game so far, but there's still some room to buy-low here.
Oct 22 - 12:44 AM

Depth Charts

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