Jusuf Nurkic has had an eventful rookie season. This year Nurkic has gotten under the skin of many people, and his latest victim is Markieff Morris.
The Denver Nuggets aren’t going to make the playoffs this season with their 20-37 record.
Even though the Nuggets won’t be competing in the postseason tournament, it doesn’t mean that their team isn’t exciting to watch.
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In addition to the lightning quick point guard Ty Lawson who’s second in the league in assists per game, the Nuggets also have another talented player on their team, and it’s their rookie center from Bosnia, Jusuf Nurkic.
It’s difficult to miss Nurkic on the basketball court, he’s the person who’s very passionate about the game of basketball and often times when he plays on the court his passion seeps out.
However, the other times when Nurkic is playing the game of basketball, he’s very brash and cocky and that’s where he often times rubs his opponents wrong.
On Wednesday night when the Nuggets played against the Phoenix Suns, Nurkic was being guarded by Suns forward, Markieff Morris. Nurkic who stands at 6’11 280 pounds had the matchup advantage going against Morris who is generously listed at 6’10 245.
Nurkic caught the basketball on the left block, took a strong dribble inside and as Morris fell to the floor, Nurkic shot the basketball over his right shoulder to get the easy score. After Nurkic made the shot he caught the basketball which was on the way to hitting Morris smack dab in the face.
The part that irked a lot of people was that after catching the basketball Nurkic then proceeded to pass Morris the basketball while he was still on the floor instead of giving it to Suns guard, Brandon Knight to inbound. At the end of the game against the Suns, Nurkic finished with eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one blocked shot in the 110-96 loss.
This is one of the reasons why Nurkic is looked at as one of the rookies in the 2014 NBA Draft class that’s fun to watch. Each game he doesn’t back down from opponents and he brings some type of memorable moment when he plays.
Earlier in the season he did this to Marc Gasol.
As well as giving a cold stare down to DeMarcus Cousins.
Both Gasol and Cousins made the All-Star team this season, and if the Bosnian Bear keeps playing with this type of edge and confidence, he’ll soon be joining them.
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