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If you think all this talk of Nurkic borders on hyperbole, then you should take a look at this play from Wednesday night's game vs. the Phoenix Suns at Pepsi Center. With 7:00 remaining in the third quarter, Nurkic sent the defending Markieff Morris to the floor on a post-up (or maybe Morris sent himself to the floor). Nurkic scored fairly easily and happened to catch the ball on its way through the rim. So, naturally, he decided to hand the ball right to Morris while he was still on the ground. Yahoo! Sports

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The more interesting questions surround Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried. Denver isn’t shopping those guys, but Jusuf Nurkic is the only true untouchable on the roster, per several league sources who have dealt with the Nuggets. The sense around the league is that you could land Lawson or Faried with a Godfather offer. They are gettable. Boston and Denver have had exploratory talks about Lawson, per several sources. Grantland

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Jusuf Nurkic's dad is a policeman in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. One day a Bosnian sports agent Enes Trnovcevic was reading a newspaper where he read: "Bosnian policeman, Hariz Nurkic has beaten 14 people in a fight." He knew what to do instantly! Next day he went to Tuzla and met with Nurkic's father. The only thing he asked him was: "Do you have a son?" Jusuf Nurkic was at that time a 14 years old boy and never trained basketball. Enes Trnovcevic took him to Slovenia and gave him an opportunity he accepted and used. SB Nation

Jusuf has confirmed at least the gist of the story, and I'm inclined to believe the part about beating up 14 guys because if I say I don't believe it, I might get beat up, too. SB Nation

Nuggets rookie center Jusuf Nurkic has played so well of late that USA Today broached the subject of him possibly playing himself into rookie of the year conversation. So, then, that subject was broached with Shaw. "I do think if he finishes the rest of the season the way he has been playing, and improve, he has as good chance as anybody else," Shaw said. Boulder Daily Camera

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Making the trade easier for the Nuggets has been the play of rookie center Jusuf Nurkic, who started for the first time this season on Wednesday night against the Magic. Nurkic entered the game averaging 12.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks in his previous four. He is a plus-9.5 in that span, and only committed seven fouls in those four games. Nurkic shot 53.8 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line in that span. "I think he has shown a lot over the last two weeks by the way he's been playing," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "He has been playing more consistently." Denver Post

December 28, 2014 Updates

Nurkic, 6-feet-11, 280 pounds, has earned more playing time of late. His season average is 11.7 minutes, but he has averaged 16.1 minutes in his last eight games, a number Shaw says would rise if he kept away from foul trouble. He is committing 4.0 fouls per game — one every four minutes — in that span. "He's a guy that I have confidence throwing the ball inside to," Shaw said. "He can post, and he can score. And if he doesn't have that, he's shown the propensity to make plays for his teammates when they cut off him. I think now his teammates are starting to cut harder when he has the ball, because they know he'll pass it." Denver Post

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