Jusuf Nurkic

Jusuf Nurkic is a Bosnian professional basketball.

Jusuf Nurkic is a Bosnian professional basketball. He plays in the center position.  He currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before joining NBA, he played professional basketball for Zlatorog Lasko, Union Olimpija, Cedevita Zagreb, and Zadar. He was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft and was traded to the Denver Nuggets where he played for 3 seasons. He also represents the Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team. He has over 371k followers on his Instagram.

Jusuf Nurkic of The Portland Trail Blazers Out For The Rest of The Season With Compound Fractures

Yusuf Nurkic of the Portland Trail Blazers is out for the rest of the 2018-19 season after suffering a compound fracture on his left tibia and fibula during the second overtime against the Brooklyn Nets on 25 March 2019. The Trail Blazers won 148-144 against the Nets. In a team press release by the Trail Blazers, they stated that he has no expected return date.

Before getting injured, he posted 32 points and 16 rebounds against the Nets. The injury of Yusuf who’s having the best season of his career might be costly for the Trail Blazers.

What makes Jusuf Nurkic so well-known? In 2014, he won the Croatian Cup and was named MVP of the Croatian League Finals.

Jusuf Nurkic’s Childhood

On August 23, 1994, Jusuf Nurkic was born. Hariz Nurkic, his father, was his father. At this time, there is no information about his mother. Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is where he was born. He is of Bosnian descent. Kenan Nurkic is his younger brother.

After Bosnian sports agent Enes Trnovcevic took him to Slovenia and offered him the opportunity to play basketball, he began playing at the age of 14. He was a member of the Slovenian squad Zlatorog Lasko in the youth categories. In February 2012, he was loaned to Union Olimpija for the Nike International Junior Tournament in Belgrade. He attracted international attention after a five-game stretch in which he averaged 18.8 points and 11 rebounds. He parted ways with the Slovenian squad, Zlatorog Lasko, after the tournament. He began his training with Cedevita, a Croatian team.

Cedevita Zagreb’s Professional Career

In October 2012, after a few months of training with Cedevita, he signed a four-year contract with the club.

He said in a press conference after signing the Cedevita contract that he left Zlatorog because his former coach did not offer him the opportunity to play.

In his first season with the new squad, he played less minutes under head coach Aleksandar Petrovic.

In the Euroleague, he only appeared in six games, scoring 1.8 points per game.

In January 2013, he was loaned to Zadar until the end of the season.

He saw more playing time at Cedevita in his second season under new head coach Jasmin Repesa.

In the Adriatic League, he averaged 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He racked up those numbers in just 16.3 minutes on the court.

In 2014, he was a finalist for the FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year Award.

Career in the NBA

Denver Nuggets

Chicago Bulls selected him with the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft.

He was later traded to the Denver Nuggets on the draft night.

He signed a rookie scale contract with the Nuggets in July 2014.

He made his NBA debut in an 89-79 win over the Detroit Pistons in October 2014. He recorded 5 points and 7 rebounds in his debut NBA game.

He recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a loss against the Chicago Bulls in January 2015.

He was named a participant in the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge as a replacement for Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder. But, he declined to play in the event for personal reasons.

He scored a season-high 17 points in a loss to the Golden State Warriors in the final game of the season in April 2015.

He underwent successful surgery to repair a partially torn left patellar tendon in May 2015.

The Nuggets exercised their third-year team option on Nurkic’s rookie scale contract and extended his contract through the 2016-17 season.

He scored a career-high 21 points in a 102-98 win over the San Antonio Spurs during the 2015-16 season.

He scored a career-high 23 points in the 2016-17 season opener 107-102 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on October 2016.

He recorded career-high 18 rebounds in a 105-102 loss to the Toronto Raptors in November 2016.

With the rise of Nikola Jokic, Nurkic was demoted to the bench. He requested the team to trade him twice.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Denver Nuggets traded him along with the rights to the Memphis Grizzlies’ 2017 first-round draft pick in exchange for Mason Plumlee in February 2017.

He made his Trail Blazers debut against Utah Jazz. The Trail Blazers lost 111-88.

He scored career-high 28 points and 20 rebounds in a 114-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in March 2017.

He became the first NBA player since Charles Barkley to post at least 28 points, 20 rebounds, 8 assists, and 6 blocks in a single game.

He scored a new career-high 33 points in a 122-113 win over the Denver Nuggets in March 2017.

He was ruled out for the rest of the regular season with a non-displaced fracture in his right leg.

He returned to the court in Game 3 of the Trail Blazers’ first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on 22 April 2017. The Trail Blazers lost the playoffs  4-0.

He extended his contract with the Trail Blazers in July 2018.

He became the only player in NBA history to post 24 points, 23 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks, and 5 steals in a single game when he posted this stat in a 113-108 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings on 1 January 2019.

He became the third player in NBA history to post 11 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, and 6 blocks in fewer than 30 minutes in a single game, which he posted in a 127-96 win over the Charlotte Hornets on 11 January 2019.

He posted his first career triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 129-112 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on 16 January 2019.

During the match against the Brooklyn Nets on 25 March 2019, he suffered a compound fracture on his left tibia and fibula.

National Team Career

He represented the Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team at the FIBA Europe Under 18 Championship Division B in 2012.

He averaged 19.4 points, 13.3 rebounds per game earning the MVP of the tournament.

He was also named MVP of the FIBA Europe Under 20 Championship Division B in 2014, where he averaged 21.4 points and 12.0 rebounds per game.

He was a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team during the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 qualification. However, He did not make the squad for the final tournament due to the conflict with the board of the Bosnian National Basketball Association.

He averaged 19.2 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game during the Eurobasket 2017 qualification.

Career Highlights

2015 NBA All-Rookie Second Team

2014 Croatian League champion

2014 Croatian Cup winner

2014 Croatian League Finals MVP

Who is Yusuf Nurkic Dating?

Yusuf Nurkic is unmarried. However, he is not single. He is currently dating Emina Duric. He is more focused on his NBA career.

How Tall is Jusuf Murkic?

Jusuf Nurkic stands at a height of 2.13 m i.e. 7 feet tall. He has a bodyweight of 275 lbs i.e. 125 kg. He has an athletic body build. He has dark brown eyes and his hair color is black.

What is Yusuf Nurkic’s Net Worth?

Playing basketball is his major source of income. He is one of the major stars for the Portland Trail Blazers. His annual salary at the Trail Blazers is reported at $11,111,111 for the 2018-19 season.  As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at $16 million.

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