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Enes Kanter | Center/Forward | #11

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 245
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (3) / UTA
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Enes Kanter was traded to the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony deal.
The Knicks acquiring Kanter is about as Knicks as it gets. Lack of defense aside, Kanter finds himself in a big spot to produce offense for a team that lacks perimeter scoring, and he should be asked to post up a bunch on his new team. Kanter saw a hefty 4.7 usage rate bump when he wasn't with Russell Westbrook last season, so he should have ample opportunity to score in the teens. While he won't do much outside of score and hit the glass, Kanter finds himself back on the map in the later rounds. Sep 23 - 1:21 PM

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Enes Kanter is expected to pick up his 2018-19 player option according to Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript.

It's a no-brainer for Kanter, but this is worth noting because he's reportedly been on the trade block for a while. Assuming this report is true, moving Kanter just became a lot harder since he'll make $17.8 million this season and $18.6 million the next. He'll still have a nice role on the Thunder in the meantime and will be a reliable source of points, rebounds and shooting percentages late in drafts.
Aug 27 - 11:10 AM

Enes Kanter may not be able to play in the Thunder's game vs. the Nets in Mexico City on Dec. 7.

In case you missed it, Turkey canceled Kanter's passport over three months ago for his "political views" and speaking out against the government. He's currently only allowed to travel to Canada, but that will change after he receives a re-entry permit from the U.S. government -- he's already applied for one and is waiting to hear back. He has over three months to sort this out, so we're still expecting him to be available for the game in Mexico City.
Aug 17 - 10:13 AM

Enes Kanter said he's been working on his 3-point shot, face-up game and defense this offseason.

Kanter's defense has always been an issue, so improving that side of his game will hopefully be his main focus. His name has been floating around the rumor mill for quite some time, but he said the trade talk doesn't bother him too much. "I can’t say enough how much I love the fans, how much I love the organization, all the people there. I see them like family," Kanter said. "But if it happens, it happens. I can’t do nothing about it, because it’s not in my hands." The Thunder added Patrick Patterson this summer, but Kanter should be able to match the 21.3 minutes per game he saw last season. Kanter is allergic to defensive stats, but he's worth a look late in drafts if you're targeting points, rebounds and FG percentage.
Aug 6 - 11:09 AM

Enes Kanter's father has been detained in Turkey, the country's official news agency reported Friday.

Mehmet Kanter was detained in his Istanbul home for an investigation undertaken by a prosecutor's office in northwestern Turkey, according to the Anadolu news agency. Per the AP, "The Kanters have become bigger targets than usual lately as Enes Kanter has continued to be a vocal supporter of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement and a critic of Turkish President Erdogan."
Source: NBA.com
Jun 3 - 10:41 AM

Turkey has issued a warrant for the arrest of Enes Kanter, according to a report from a Turkish pro-government publication.

According to the Daily Sabah in Turkey, Kanter is sought for being a member of a "terror group." A Turkish prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter’s "alleged membership of an armed terrorist organization," according to the report. Kanter was detained last week in Romania, but was able to travel to London and eventually America.
Source: Oklahoman
May 26 - 3:10 PM

Enes Kanter has made it back to the United States.

Kanter was detained in Romania because his Turkish passport was suddenly canceled, but he's convinced that he was held because of his political views. Kanter is scheduled to hold a press conference later this afternoon.
May 21 - 12:53 PM

Updating a previous item, Enes Kanter was later released after being detained in Romania.

He's been traveling through Europe as part of his Light Foundation tour and did post a video of him being held. Kanter had his Turkish passport canceled to cause the problem earlier today, but now he's on his way to London. The OKC big man and some strong words against Turkish president Erdogan, which may be the reason for this issue. It sounds like he's in the clear.
May 20 - 2:47 PM

Enes Kanter is being detained in Romania after his passport was "canceled" by the Turkish embassy on Saturday morning.

Kanter is traveling throughout Europe as part of his 2017 Enes Kanter Light Foundation global tour. He posted a video on Twitter explaining that police officers had been holding him in Budapest for hours. "The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views," said Kanter. "And the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. He's a bad, bad man. He is a dictator, and he's the Hitler of our century." ESPN is reporting that the Thunder are working with the league office to gather information.
Source: ESPN.com
May 20 - 11:25 AM

Enes Kanter is "absolutely is on the trading block," according to Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.

Tramel writes that the Thunder will look to move Kanter because "OKC is overstocked on big men." Kanter had another solid season offensively in 2016-17, averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game. However, due to his lackluster defense, Kanter was a non-factor in OKC's first-round playoff loss to Houston. He averaged just 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.0 minutes. A trade would likely boost Kanter's fantasy value, especially if he landed on a team which inserted him into the starting lineup.
Source: Oklahoman
May 2 - 1:14 PM

Enes Kanter said he will work on developing a 3-point shot this offseason.

Adding a 3-point stroke to his arsenal would be nice for Kanter's fantasy value, but he might also want to focus on improving as a defender. As long as Kanter is inept on defense, he likely won't average much more than 20 minutes a night, and therefore, won't be much more than a late-round guy in fantasy hoops.
Apr 26 - 1:58 PM

Enes Kanter played just three minutes in Tuesday's Game 5 loss to the Rockets and finished scoreless on 0-of-2 shooting.

After a solid regular season with averages of 14.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.5 blocks on 54.5 percent shooting in 21.3 minutes, Kanter only played 9.0 minutes per game in the series against Houston because he was a huge defensive liability. He has a couple years left on his deal and should reprise his role as the first big off the bench for the Thunder in 2017-18 unless they decide to go in a different direction.
Apr 25 - 11:34 PM

Enes Kanter saw just eight minutes off the Thunder bench during Sunday's Game 4 loss, ending his evening with two points, two boards, one block and one turnover.

Over the past three games, Kanter has only seen the floor for 8.5 minutes a night, which obviously isn't enough time for him to make a meaningful impact on the box score. His awful defense is the reason why he's not playing, so don't expect his minutes to jump in Game 5.
Apr 23 - 7:56 PM

Enes Kanter played only eight minutes during Wednesday's loss in Houston, making 2-of-4 shots for four points with three blocks and one rebound.

Billy Donovan appeared to tell an assistant during Game 1, "Can't play Kanter," after his backup big man blew a defensive assignment. Kanter's role did indeed shrink tonight with OKC carefully choosing the moments they used him, which led to a bigger role for Jerami Grant (nine points, five rebounds, two blocks in 26 minutes). OKC had this game under control until the fourth quarter, so presumably Kanter will be limited again in Game 3.
Apr 19 - 10:57 PM

Enes Kanter was held to eight points, three rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes vs. Houston on Sunday, making 3-of-7 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in 16 minutes.

Defense has long been an issue for Kanter. After he allowed an easy dunk by Clint Capela in a pick-and-roll set in the fourth quarter, coach Billy Donovan appeared to immediately tell an assistant, "Can't play Kanter." He was subbed out 17 seconds later for Steven Adams, and it's clear that OKC has a lot of issues to solve to even their first-round series on Wednesday.
Apr 17 - 12:21 AM

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PosRoleName
PG1Ramon Sessions
2Frank Ntilikina
3Ron Baker
SG1Tim Hardaway Jr.
2Courtney Lee
3Damyean Dotson
SF1Doug McDermott
2Lance Thomas
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Michael Beasley
3Mindaugas Kuzminskas
C1Willy Hernangomez
2Enes Kanter
3Joakim Noah
4Kyle O'Quinn