Jusuf Nurkic Injury: Updates on Nuggets Star's Ankle and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic, of Bosnia Herzegovina, looks to pass the ball against the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 27, 2015, in Denver. The Nuggets won 107-91. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Denver Nuggets big man Jusuf Nurkic suffered a sprained ankle in the team's 112-110 win over the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 13. However, he has been cleared to return to the court. 

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Nurkic Active vs. Thunder 

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reported Nurkic is available to play against Oklahoma City. 

Nurkic Presence Gives Lift to Nuggets

The Nuggets hoped to see a leap from Nurkic in his second season after he earned a second-team All-Rookie distinction in 2014-15 with 6.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 17.8 minutes a night, so having him back in the fold provides a major boost to the lineup.

Prior to his injury, he averaged 8.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks after dealing with a slow recovery from an offseason surgery at the start of the schedule.

The 21-year-old is part of a rebuilding effort for the Nuggets that also includes rookie ball-handler Emmanuel Mudiay (who dealt with an ankle injury early in the season). 

Denver is not a realistic title contender in the top-heavy Western Conference this season, but Nurkic is a part of its young core. While the team won’t rush the big man back as a fringe contender, the only way he can develop for the future is by remaining healthy and on the floor.