Nurkic said last week that he's already shed 35 pounds this offseason, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.
Nurkic has made getting in shape a major priority as he prepares for his third NBA season, and his dedication to losing weight should aid his mobility and durability. The center took a step back in 2015-16, appearing in only 32 contests following knee surgery and related knee soreness, while averaging 8.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 assists in 17.1 minutes per game. More troubling to his fantasy prospects than the injury was the emergence of Nikola Jokic, who submitted a fantastic rookie season and now looks like the team's franchise center. Jokic's presence will create a built-in roadblock to Nurkic's playing time, even if the Bosnian big man is able to keep himself healthy during the upcoming campaign.
Jusuf Nurkic produced 11 points (5-13 FG, 1-4 FT), 14 rebounds, five steals, four assists, and three blocks across a season-high 39 minutes in Wednesday's 107-99 loss to the Trail Blazers.
The Denver Nuggets were down to three rotational big men with Darrell Arthur (knee) and Joffrey Lauvergne (back) sitting out, paving the way for Nurkic and Nikola Jokic to see expanded workloads in the season finale. Nurkic's high usage came with a price though, as he shot poorly from the field for the second consecutive game and committed a season-high eight turnovers, the latter of which negated some of his excellent contributions across the stat sheet. Nonetheless, it was good to at least see Nurkic end the season with a sizable role, as he was sidelined for much of the first half following offseason knee surgery and then struggled to find a consistent spot in the rotation until around mid-March. It's unclear if the Nuggets view Nurkic as a vital part of their future following the emergence of rookie center Nikola Jokic this season, but Nurkic's final 12 games provide a glimpse of type of impact he can have if given an extended opportunity. Over that span, Nurkic averaged 11.9 points (on 47.5% shooting from the field), 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, two blocks, and 1.2 steals in 23.6 minutes.
Jusuf Nurkic managed 21 points (10-18 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, an assist, two steals and two blocks over 35 minutes in Friday's 102-98 victory over the Spurs.
Getting the starting nod at power forward over Kenneth Faried, Nurkic was outstanding down low against David West. His start came as part of an experiment of playing Nikola Jokic and Nurkic together in the frontcourt, and the test certainly seemed to be successful the first time out. The 21-year-old's point total was a season high, and may have earned him starts at the four in the Denver Nuggets ' remaining games.
Jusuf Nurkic will start in place of Kenneth Faried Friday against the Spurs, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.
The Denver Nuggets reportedly want to test out the combination of Nurkic and Nikola Jokic in the frontcourt while allowing Kenneth Faried to rest, which should result in Nurkic getting a major uptick in minutes Friday night against a Spurs team that is resting four of five starters.
Jusuf Nurkic (illness) is listed as probable for Saturday's matchup with the Kings, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Nurkic missed the last three games with an illness, but it appears he's feeling better and should return to his usual role off the bench Saturday. The second-year center is averaging 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds over his last two games.
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