Season Review: Jusuf Nurkic
Big men usually take some time to acclimate to the size, speed, and skill of NBA forwards and centers. Jusuf Nurkić has learned faster than most.
In 2015-16, the 21-year-old center averaged 8.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks. In fact, Nurkić played some of his best ball against some of the premier big men in the league.
On Jan. 6 against Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves, Nurkić contributed 15 points, 10 rebounds and tied a career-high with five blocks. He also played well against Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons on Feb. 10, posting 16 points, 11 rebounds, and one block. On Apr. 8, Nurkić scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. The Nuggets won all three of those games.
It was a difficult season at times for Nurkić as he had knee surgery last May and took almost a year to rehab. After that, he had an ankle issue that he dealt with for a week. Despite this, Nurkić fought hard to get back on the court and produce.
After the All-Star break, Jusuf increased his production to 10.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 20.9 minutes a game.
If he keeps learning this fast, Jusuf Nurkić will be a force to be reckoned with.