Should the Blazers re-sign Jusuf Nurkic this summer?

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  1. SportsAndWhine

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    I also don't want to lose all the cool new Bosnian fans around here....so there's that. Sabonis was over 30 when he came here...this guy's still growing
     
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    Mr. Robot Well-Known Member

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    yeah I saw picture od Nurk and CJ when they were out for a dinner...
     
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    thats smartful thinking, you dont want to mess with bosnians
     
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    Nikolokolus There's always next year

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    Sabonis wasn't "growing" when he came over at 30, he was well off of his peak and was dunking on David Robinson at Nurkic's age. Nurkic might get a little better, but he's probably not gonna be a star.
     
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    I should have reworded that post...I thought folks would know I was speaking of Nurk...Sabo was shrinking at 31...slightly from bone dust
     
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    That's fine with me....he just needs to become a 20 10 starter
     
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    Nikolokolus There's always next year

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    20/10 is star territory. Doubtful for this guy.
     
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    The easiest things for him are the hardest. Fuck sake, finishing at the rim should be easy job for a C. It's like he's afraid or something, then most of the time he shot the ball so quick and so sloppy. Why isn't anyone working on that with him?
     
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    Here are two guys I think Jusuf could be like in his career, one of whom he's a lot like already stat-wise.

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    he can be 18/10 C... Im not saying he will, but he definitely can
     
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    every fucking game he misses at least one easy layup, if hed convert just one of those, hed have 16 ppg as of now
     
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    I do believe coaching staff instructed him to rebound less and have him just enclose the area so others could get the rebounds... both weight loss and regress in the rebounding lead me to that conclusion... less pressure on his kness and ankles means better health
     
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    Nikolokolus There's always next year

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    Increased workload is no guarantee of a linear increase in production. Nurkic certainly has flashes, but I think a huge part of his problem is consistency of effort. Is that just a matter of development? Possibly, but I think there's also a wiring problem; it's a huge part of the reason he was available in trade.
     
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    or maybe just part of being 22, rich and working on the big stage in a foreign country....
     
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    kjironman1 Every dog has it's day!

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    18-8 then
     
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    Nikolokolus There's always next year

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    Having a fire in your belly to outwork and dominate doesn't really have anything to do with being 22, being foreign or being on a big stage. I'm not saying Jusuf is lazy, it's just that his focus and effort seem to waver a lot from quarter to quarter, game to game and it might be as much about his personality traits as it is his maturity level. FWIW, I think he's still a pretty good player and will probably get incrementally better, but the "Bosnian Beast" we saw last year is probably more of a ceiling and less of a floor. I'm sure he'll be a perfectly OK defensive center for years to come with occasional outbursts of offensive brilliance, but probably no more than 16-18 points per game . . . at least here in Portland, under Stotts.
     
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    Nikolokolus There's always next year

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    Sure, maybe. But still not a "star," more like a "good starter."
     
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    kjironman1 Every dog has it's day!

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    I'm very good with that. Then they don't max him. But keep him happy and he has a monster game every once in a while.
     
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