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Jusuf Nurkic or Jonas Valanciunas (2021)


Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jonas Valanciunas
C - NOR
Jonas Valanciunas
Jusuf Nurkic
C - POR
Jusuf Nurkic
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
10 of 15 experts
33%
Recommended by
5 of 15 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 13# 15
Best Rank# 11# 14
Worst Rank# 24# 24
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 49# 53
Best Rank# 22# 46
Worst Rank# 69# 66
   
Projections 
   
Minutes28.128.3
Field Goals Made6.15.4
Field Goals Att10.510.9
Field Goals %.582.500
Three Points Made0.30.3
Three Points Att1.20.8
Three Points %.326.402
Free Throws Made2.42.8
Free Throws Att3.13.8
Free Throws %.774.735
Offensive Rebound0.00.0
Rebounds10.79.7
Assists1.73.0
Turnovers1.72.2
Steals0.51.0
Blocks0.91.3
Points14.913.9
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-DTD
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Rankings
CBS Sports
# 12# 14
   
Site Projections
numberFire
# 11# 19
   
Keith Lott
Fantasy Six Pack
# 19# 24
   
Mauricio Castillo
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 21
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 19# 20
   
Aaron Larson
FantasyPros
# 16# 22
   
Ethan Masel
The Fantasy Bulletin
# 20# 21
   
Dylan Licciardo
FF Gamers
# 21# 22
   
Alex Burns
FantasyPros
# 20# 22
   
Dan Titus
Sports Gambling Podcast Network
# 17# 22
   
Alex Rikleen
RotoWire
# 21# 20
   
Adam Koffler
FantasyPros
# 22# 20
   
Zachary Hanshew
FantasyPros
# 24# 19
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 20
   
Scott Youngson
Fantasy Mutant
# 27# 20
   
Player Statistics Comparison
  Jonas Valanciunas
C - NOR
Jonas Valanciunas
Jusuf Nurkic
C - POR
Jusuf Nurkic
2020 Stats 
   
   
Minutes1,755880
   
Field Goals Made440171
   
Field Goals Att743333
   
Field Goals %.592.514
   
Three Points Made2112
   
Three Points Att5730
   
Three Points %.368.400
   
Free Throws Made15770
   
Free Throws Att203113
   
Free Throws %.773.620
   
Offensive Rebound25386
   
Rebounds777332
   
Assists112125
   
Turnovers10073
   
Steals3438
   
Blocks5840
   
Points1,058424
   
Player Projections Comparison
  Jonas Valanciunas
C - NOR
Jonas Valanciunas
Jusuf Nurkic
C - POR
Jusuf Nurkic
2021 Projections 
   
   
Minutes28.128.3
   
Field Goals Made6.15.4
   
Field Goals Att10.510.9
   
Field Goals %.582.500
   
Three Points Made0.30.3
   
Three Points Att1.20.8
   
Three Points %.326.402
   
Free Throws Made2.42.8
   
Free Throws Att3.13.8
   
Free Throws %.774.735
   
Offensive Rebound0.00.0
   
Rebounds10.79.7
   
Assists1.73.0
   
Turnovers1.72.2
   
Steals0.51.0
   
Blocks0.91.3
   
Points14.913.9
   
Notes for Player Combination
  Jonas Valanciunas
C - NOR
Jonas Valanciunas
Jusuf Nurkic
C - POR
Jusuf Nurkic
News 
 Jonas Valanciunas scored nine points (3-19 FG, 1-3 3PT, 2-2 FT) to go along with 12 rebounds and three assists in the Pelicans 117-97 loss against the 76ers.
Josh Thiessen
Wed, Oct 20th
Jusuf Nurkic totaled seven points (2-8 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-2 FT), thirteen rebounds, one assist, and one block in the Trailblazers' 128-109 loss to the Nuggets on Monday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Tue, May 25th
 C Jonas Valanciunas and two draft picks have been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for C Steven Adams, G Eric Bledsoe and three draft picks.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Jul 26th
Jusuf Nurkic totaled 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 FT), twelve rebounds, five assists, and one steal in the Trailblazers’ 123-109 win over the Nuggets on Saturday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Sun, May 23rd
 Jonas Valanciunas totaled 18.0 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3PT), six rebounds, one assist, and two steals in the Grizzlies’ 126-110 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Thu, Jun 3rd
Jusuf Nurkic scored 11 points on 3-for-14 shooting with 15 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks during Wednesday's 105-98 win over Utah.
John Aubin
Thu, May 13th
 Jonas Valanciunas totaled 18 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and one block in the Grizzlies' 141-129 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Thu, May 27th
Jusuf Nurkic scored 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in 29 minutes of Monday's 140-129 win over the Rockets.
John Aubin
Tue, May 11th
 Jonas Valanciunas totaled 23 points (10-16 FG, 0-1 3PT, 3-6 FT), twenty-three rebounds, one assist, and three blocks in the Grizzlies 100-96 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Thu, May 20th
Jusuf Nurkic scored 17 points on 8-for-15 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists and one block over 20 minutes as the Blazers beat the Spurs on Saturday night.
John Aubin
Sun, May 9th
Notes 
 After two and a half strong seasons with Memphis, JV will play for the Pels this season in a move that will likely diminish his fantasy value. Valanciunas finished 40th in per-game value last season, as he parlayed career highs in points (17.1), rebounds (12.5), and FG% (59.1) into the best fantasy season of his career. Based on that finish, his ADP is already lofty, and taking him at current ADP in the middle of the fourth round would be drafting him at his ceiling. Playing alongside Zion Williamson, Valanciunas will likely be asked to play more outisde of the paint to help space the floor and open things up for the former. While Valanciunas has been a respectable three-point shooter in limited tries throughout his career, he's not a high-volume outside scorer. Playing further away from the basket could cut into his rebounds and FG% - two of the categories that made him such a value a season ago. Finally, I can't think of a scenario in which JV approaches the 17.1 points he posted a season ago while sharing the court with two high scorers in Williamson (27.0 PPG) and Brandon Ingram (23.8 PPG).
Zachary Hanshew - FantasyPros
Nurkic is another example of a skilled passing big, and as such, his skillset is highly valued for fantasy hoops. Health is a clear concern, but if he can remain on the court, Nurkic has second-round upside given the lack of depth at center in Portland.
Zachary Hanshew - FantasyPros