Jusuf Nurkic has been great since he was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee and a first round pick. The former Nuggets center has put up incredible numbers, including increases in his free-throw rate, free-throw accuracy, scoring, field goal percentage, and assist rate.
The Blazers have a winning record since they traded for Nurkic and it’s not difficult to understand why.
That’s sparked a lot of hope for fans in Portland, who saw their team flounder after an unexpectedly successful season last year. Plumlee, for his gifts on offense, was not a stellar defender and his lack of range left much to be desired within Portland’s specific offensive style.
Nurkic fills the gaps left by Plumlee better. He’s a better shooter, he’s a big body who can roll to the basket, and he can run straight post up plays, something the Blazers have lacked since LaMarcus Aldridge.
But can Nurkic keep this up, and will the increases in production remain, regress, or meet somewhere in the middle? Or, like with Plumlee, is there an additional boost coming for Nurkic within an impressive offensive system from Terry Stotts and prime teammates like Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum?
Watch the full video breakdown above to see what Nurkic has brought to the table.