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Jusuf Nurkic - C, 7'0, 280
Portland Trail Blazers - Acquired via trade in February 2017
       Date of birth: 08/23/1994
       Country: Bosnia/Slovenia
     Drafted (NBA): 16th pick, 2014
     Out of: Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia)
  NBA Experience: 3 years
  Hand: Right

20th February, 2012 Slovenia Loaned by Zlatorag Lasko to Union Olimpia Ljubljana for the remainder of the season.
29th February, 2012 Slovenia Suspended by Zlatorag Lasko for failing to report to training.
6th March, 2012 Slovenia Left Zlatorag Lasko.
12th October, 2012 Croatia Signed a four year contract with Cedevitz Zagreb.
2014 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 16th overall by Chicago.
2014 NBA Draft NBA Draft rights traded by Chicago, along with the draft rights to Gary Harris (#19) and a 2015 second round pick (#53, Sir'Dominic Pointer), to Denver in exchange for the draft rights to Doug McDermott (#11) and Anthony Randolph
10th July, 2014 Croatia Left Cedevita Zagreb.
23rd July, 2014 NBA Signed four year, $8,473,305 rookie scale contract with Denver. Included team options for 2016/17 and 2017/18.
11th October, 2015 NBA Denver exercised 2016/17 team option.
11th October, 2016 NBA Denver exercised 2017/18 team option.
13th February, 2017 NBA Traded by Denver, along with a 2017 first round pick (#20, Harry Giles), to Portland in exchange for Mason Plumlee, a 2018 second round pick and cash.
When: Where:
2010 - February 2012 Zlatorag Lasko (Slovenia)
February 2012 Olimpia Ljubljuana (Slovenia)
February 2012 - March 2012 Zlatorag Lasko (Slovenia)
October 2012 - July 2014 Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia)
July 2014 - February 2017 Denver Nuggets (NBA)
February 2017 - present Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
From blog:

   Golden State and Portland recorded almost identical post-All Star game records, but only one of them has more in reserve

We have looked at the Blazers a couple of times this season. The first was back in November, after they had limped out to a slow start lacking much in the way of interior play, strength around the basket and toughness, and were struggling to ingratiate the highly expensive Evan Turner in a guard-heavy, drive-and-kick offense. The second was just after the trade deadline, a trade deadline at which they had traded the closest thing that they had to said interior toughness, Mason Plumlee, to Denver in exchange for Jusuf Nurkic and a first round pick.

It was that Plumlee/Nurkic trade that got them here. Eight games under .500 at the time of the trade, the Blazers went 18-10 to finish the season, including a 13 out of 16 span (itself featuring a 6-1 record versus other playoff teams). The Blazers scored an awful lot of points over that stretch, and Nurkic's addition was a large part of why. In his 20 games thus far with the team, Nurkic has averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes per game, shooting 50.8% from the field and sporting a 21.2 PER. And this was for the team that was supposed to be the sellers in that deal.

The Nurkic trade, strangely, did wonderful things for the Blazers’ defense as well. They have had the tenth best defensive rating in the NBA since the time of the trade compared to 21st overall for the entire season, a marked improvement, and have achieved an 18-8 record since the All-Star game. For comparison’s sake, the Warriors have gone 20-8 over the same period.

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   2017 NBA Manifesto

Jusuf Nurkic
C, 7’0, 280lbs, 23 years old, 3 years of experience

Absolutely tremendous end to the season, on both ends of the court, and his acquisition was a season-saver (if such a thing can be said of a first round sweep). Nurkic was dealt by Denver because he was unhappy with his bench role, not because he wasn’t talented; a motivated, happy Nurkic does a bit of everything. Shoring up the interior defence, providing more interior offence than Plumlee et al ever could, and immediately able to work with both Lillard and McCollum, Nurkic is a vital piece going forward, and the monies spent elsewhere must not prohibit spending more on him as well.

Player Plan: One year of rookie scale salary remaining. Eligible for an extension, but has only a part season of excellence under his belt, so he might want more than he is proven to give. On the flip side, if he has an excellent year and goes to free agency, it could get pricy.

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