Nurkic finished with 13 points (5-5 FG, 3-4 FT) with seven rebounds, three steals, an assist and a steal over 21 minutes in Wednesday's 111-88 loss against the Jazz.
Nurkic made quite the splash in his team debut. He should eat into the minutes of Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard as he gets acclimated in Rip City, especially if he is efficient from the field like he was in Wednesday's impressive debut.
Coach Terry Stotts said
The trade that sent Nurkic from Denver to Portland was finalized earlier Monday, but it wasn't enough time for Nurkic to remain active and available to play. That said, there's a good chance Nurkic is able to make his Trail Blazer debut on Wednesday against the Jazz, but look for confirmation on that later this week. With Nurkic not available, the
The trade that sent Nurkic to the
After the Nuggets' experiment earlier in season to use Nurkic alongside Nikola Jokic as part of a supersized starting lineup failed miserably, Nurkic had settled into a more limited role off the bench as a backup to Jokic, who has emerged as the team's top player and one of the best young centers in the league. With Nurkic holding no future in the Nuggets' plans, the team made it known that the big man was available, and found a willing suitor in Portland. Though he's only averaging 8.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.9 minutes per game over his 45 appearances with the Nuggets this season, Nurkic should be in store for a much more substantial role with the Trail Blazers and warrants a look in most mid-sized or deeper leagues where available. It's unclear if he'll start at center right away for the Trail Blazers, but with the team parting ways with Plumlee, who would have been due for an extension this offseason, Portland has a long-term vacancy at the position. It will be up to Nurkic to prove over the Trail Blazers' final 28 games that he can be a permanent solution in the frontcourt.
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