Jusuf Nurkic just exploded onto the radar this past season, having gone from being viewed as an intriguing prospect at 2013 Eurocamp to a 2014 first-round lock.
The Denver Nuggets acquired him in a draft-day trade that saw them send the No. 11 pick to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for No. 16, which they used on Nurkic, and No. 19 (Gary Harris).
There really wasn't much more Nurkic could have done last season with his 16.6 minutes a game in the Adriatic League, which he led in Player Efficiency Rating, per DraftExpress. Per 40 minutes, he averaged 28.2 points and 13.7 rebounds on 54.5 percent shooting.
He wasn't too shabby in 15 Eurocup games either, finishing with per-40 averages of 23 points and 8.7 rebounds.
Standing 6'11", 280 pounds, you can't miss him out there. And despite his enormous size and frame, he's actually got some wheels. Nurkic moves well for a monster.
His game is predicated on using strength to gain position, footwork to separate and soft touch to convert. He can score with his back to the rim or rolling off picks toward the hoop, and if there's an opening, Nurkic has shown he's capable of putting it on the deck and attacking in line drives.
And regardless of where he's at fundamentally at the defensive end, he still takes up a ton of space, given his height, mass and 7'2" wingspan.
Nurkic might need something to happen to JaVale McGee or Timofey Mozgov in order to find consistent minutes, but over an 82-game season, chances are he'll eventually get a crack.
Think Nikola Pekovic with a slightly higher two-way ceiling.