Pass or Pursue: Top 10 NBA Center Free Agents in 2022

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2. Jusuf Nurkic

Height: 6-11
Age: 27

I'll be honest -- I'm a little perplexed as to why HoopsHype has Jusuf Nurkic coming in at number two on their list. I suppose I could see it if basing solely on stats, as he averaged a very respectable 15.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for Portland this season.

One important thing to note, however, is the Bosnian Beast has only been able to suit up for 101 games over the past three seasons. From a leg fracture in 2019 to quad, wrist, knee, and ankle injuries, it hasn't been the smoothest of journeys for Nurkic.

When he's on the court, there's no doubt Jusuf is a good center with the ability to become great. Unfortunately, circumstances mostly out of his control haven't allowed for that to happen. Between that and his extremely questionable interior defense, I just can't endorse the Spurs seriously considering the 27-year-old.

They've already taken a similar chance on a former Trail Blazer in Zach Collins, which is paying off so far. This pursuit is just too risky.

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