Jusuf Nurkic Rumors

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Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
Position: C
Born: 08/23/94
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $2,947,304
HoopsHype: We talked about the team, but how have you enjoyed Portland as a city? Jusuf Nurkic: I actually love it. Some people complain too much about the weather, but they don’t know bad weather! I come from Bosnia and I love back home, but the weather here sure is better than back home. I guess because California is so close, that’s why people complain so much about the weather. But I love Portland; it’s great!
Nurkic is a reliable third option alongside star guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, as he’s the only other Blazer who averages double-digit points per game. On defense, opponents shoot just 55.8 percent against him at the rim, which is seventh-best among qualified players. He also has the NBA’s eighth-best defensive rating (101.9). Portland has won an NBA-best 12 straight games and during this span, Nurkic has averaged 14.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1 block, while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. “Nurk’s play as of late has been crucial in our run,” McCollum told HoopsHype. “He’s finishing around the basket better and more efficiently, he’s rebounding at a higher clip and he’s making an impact each night. We look forward to having him healthy for a full postseason this year. His interior play and decision-making make our jobs easier on the perimeter.”
With 7:02 left in the first quarter, James ran left around a double high screen and sprinted into the lane, elevating with one hand toward the hoop. In what was as powerful and memorable a finish as you’ll see, the four-time MVP hammered down a jaw-dropping dunk over Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, putting the Bosnian Beast on a poster and setting social media ablaze. “I think there’s a body bag in the hallway right now,” Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson said of a play that had a sellout crowd buzzing for minutes after it happened.
While most saw Nurkic join the wrong side of a poster, the Blazers saw their starting center join the right side of a winner. While many cringed as Nurkic took the brunt of the dunk, the Blazers gained reverence. “We talk about it all the time,” Ed Davis said. “You’ve got guys who are known dunkers. And the question is: When they come in the lane, what are you going to do? I respect Nurk for going after the block. A lot of guys are scared and get out of the way.”