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Enes Kanter | Center/Forward | #11

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 245
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (3) / UTA
Contract: view contract details

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Enes Kanter had 15 points, eight rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on 7-of-11 shooting on Tuesday.
Kanter is likely to come off the bench to back up Domantas Sabonis at PF and Steven Adams at C, but the minutes should still be there and he's been a popular big-man pick after the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this year. Oct 18 - 11:26 PM

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Enes Kanter (sore knee) returned on Sunday with 10 points, eight rebounds and five turnovers in 20 minutes of action.

The Thunder may have reined in Kanter's minutes as a precaution tonight, but the knee injury shouldn't threaten his status for the season opener on Oct. 26. Even if he comes off the bench this year, Kanter's high-percentage scoring and excellent rebounding will be enough to warrant a look in the late-middle rounds of most drafts.
Oct 16 - 9:54 PM

Enes Kanter (knee) will have his minutes monitored during Sunday's exhibition game against Minnesota.

Kanter is nursing a sore knee, so Billy Donovan will err on the side of caution for Sunday's meaningless game. To be clear, Kanter is in zero danger of having this be an issue once the regular season is underway, and while he may not start for OKC this season, he shouldn't have much trouble earning 30 minutes on a nightly basis. He's a high-upside, mid-round target.
Oct 16 - 5:34 PM

Enes Kanter (knee) is available for Sunday's game vs. the Wolves.

He's dealing with some knee soreness, but the Thunder have been cautious with all their minor injuries this preseason. Kanter practiced in full on Saturday, so the knee issue shouldn't impact his draft value. He's worth a look in the middle rounds for owners targeting points, rebounds and shooting percentages.
Oct 16 - 1:41 PM

Enes Kanter (knee soreness) was able to practice in full on Saturday.

Kanter sat out Thursday's game vs. Memphis due with the injury, but obviously his absence was just precautionary as Billy Donovan had said. Although the big man offers upside as a mid-round selection, he'd be a lot more attractive if he was more productive on the defensive end. The opportunity will certainly be there.
Oct 15 - 3:18 PM

Enes Kanter (knee soreness), Steven Adams (ankle) and Andre Roberson (knee) have all been ruled out for Thursday's preseason game against the Grizzlies.

Billy Donovan described Kanter's absence as precautionary, so there's no reason to overreact here. Adams had a setback with his ankle injury during Wednesday's practice, but the injury isn't serious, and Roberson is simply dealing with a sore knee. Of the players mentioned, Kanter offers the most upside, and he'll be worth a mid-round selection on draft day.
Oct 13 - 6:24 PM

Enes Kanter double-doubled vs. the Mavericks on Tuesday with 11 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in just 22 minutes.

He was 5-of-9 from the field and started at center with Steven Adams nursing a minor ankle issue. It appears that the Thunder are comfortable with Domantas Sabonis as their starting four, but Kanter is a lock to see more than the 21.0 minutes per game that he saw last season. He won't get you many defensive stats, but he's a per-minute monster and should be a very nice source of points, rebounds and shooting percentages.
Oct 11 - 11:42 PM

Billy Donovan praised Enes Kanter for his work in the post.

"As the game wears on, he can read and figure out how people are guarding him," Donovan said. "He does a lot of different things offensively, because he can face up and shoot it, and he can play with his back to the basket. So, he’s a hard guy, just because of his size and strength." For a while, Kanter has been what he is in fantasy leagues. However, that could change this year in the post-Kevin Durant era with increased offensive involvement. Just keep in mind that you'll need to pair Kanter with a blocks specialist if you decide to invest.
Oct 8 - 7:04 PM

Enes Kanter started for Steven Adams (ankle) against Barcelona on Wednesday, scoring 24 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

The bad news is he was roasted on defense. On the other side of the court, Kanter had easy shots all game, making 9-of-12 from the field. It's still unknown if Kanter will start for the Thunder, but he might be better off in the second unit to boost OKC's offensive output while Russell Westbrook is on the bench. Kanter is a fine mid-round pick.
Oct 5 - 5:10 PM

Enes Kanter started for Steven Adams (ankle) on Wednesday.

It's an interesting move and it suggests coach Billy Donovan is open to starting Kanter at the four next to Adams at some point. We'll see how Kanter works out with Russell Westbrook.
Oct 5 - 2:42 PM

Enes Kanter scored 29 points in a loss to Real Madrid on Monday, adding 10 rebounds and one turnover in 33 minutes.

He's talked about how he wants to be a better passer out of the post, and that might be the biggest story for him today. Kanter has always been a great low-post scorer and added a little bit of range to his offensive arsenal. He's a very strong guy in percentages and should have a sizable increase in usage, so Kanter is a solid big man to grab in the middle rounds. If you do take him, make sure you address blocks at some other point in the draft.
Oct 3 - 5:23 PM

Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman said the Thunder could trade Enes Kanter in exchange for help at small forward.

This is mostly speculation, but it's worth noting that the Thunder tried to move Kanter when they were pursuing Al Horford in free agency. OKC recently acquired Joffrey Lauvergne to solidify their frontcourt depth, but with Kevin Durant now in Golden State, they have a glaring weakness at small forward in Kyle Singler and Anthony Morrow. If Kanter remains in OKC, he should get a nice boost in fantasy value with Serge Ibaka out of the picture.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 2 - 12:39 PM

Enes Kanter may change his last name after his family has reportedly asked him to stop using it.

Kanter's family has reportedly said they no longer want him to use the Kanter last name due to his political views, and Kanter signed a post on Twitter as Enes (Kanter) Gülen. The family strife roots back to Kanter's support of Fethullah Gülen, who has been accused of inciting last month's coup attempt in Turkey. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but we may soon be referring to the 24-year-old as Enes Gülen.
Source: Daily Sabah
Aug 9 - 10:24 AM

Oklahoma City "continues to probe" for potential trade partners on Enes Kanter to free up money for a run at unrestricted free agent Al Horford, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Things are starting to pick up on Horford here, especially with the Thunder now very likely to keep Kevin Durant. The Thunder knew they had a lot of money tied up in Kanter, which somewhat explains their reasoning on Serge Ibaka. Kanter's fantasy value would be much, much better on another team. Kanter does have a veto power on this, so a lot needs to happen here.
Jun 30 - 10:23 PM

Enes Kanter scored eight points with three rebounds and one block in 11 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He had a really tough two-minute stretch to start the game and might not have come back in if not for Steven Adams getting into foul trouble. However, Kanter really got it together on both ends to give the Thunder big minutes. Even with the productive outing, he might not play double-digit minutes on Monday.
May 29 - 12:00 AM

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PF1Domantas Sabonis
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C1Steven Adams
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3Joffrey Lauvergne
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