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Enes Kanter | Center/Forward

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 245
College: Kentucky
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Thunder general manager Sam Presti confirmed that re-signing Enes Kanter will be a priority this summer.
Kanter was solid for OKC since arriving in a trade with Utah, and he was forced into a huge offensive role down the stretch with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka on the shelf. Kanter will be a tough player to own in standard leagues next season if the Thunder are at full strength, and his lack of defensive stats will really limit his upside. Kanter recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but he will be ready to go for training camp and we will continue to monitor his progress closely. May 6 - 1:24 PM
Source: Oklahoman

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Enes Kanter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will miss the next 4-6 weeks of basketball activities.

To be clear, it is a minor procedure and Kanter is fully expected to be ready for training camp. He will be a restricted free agent this summer, but all signs point to him remaining in Oklahoma City. Injuries to Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka allowed Kanter to have a lot more responsibility on offense to close out the season, but his value won't be too high when the Thunder are at full strength. Kanter's lack of defensive stats and poor passing vision will continue to cap his upside in fantasy leagues.
Apr 22 - 10:22 AM

Enes Kanter really wants to return to the Thunder in free agency this offseason.

"It’s an amazing place. I don’t know how to explain it," Kanter said. The big man has done nothing but gushed about OKC since arriving from Utah, a situation which he expressed a clear desire to leave. As an interesting non sequitur, Kanter also said that his English has been tremendously improved by watching SpongeBob and is described as a "huge fan" of the show. It's easy to forget these kids are truly still kids sometimes.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 13 - 12:05 PM

Enes Kanter scored 13 points with five boards, one assist, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Sunday.

Kanter picked up five fouls in this contest, but the Thunder desperately needed his offense and left him in the game for the most part. Kanter should be busy on the offensive end on Monday vs. the Blazers with Russell Westbrook facing a suspension, so he is a decent target in daily leagues.
Apr 12 - 10:00 PM

Enes Kanter succumbed to OKC's team-wide malaise on Tuesday with nine points, five rebounds and one steal in only 25 minutes vs. the Spurs.

He shot 3-of-9 from the field and failed to take advantage of Tiago Splitter's absence, resulting in his first single-digit scoring effort in over a month. The Thunder as a team shot just 40.5 percent from the field and 53.6 percent at the FT line, but Kanter and co. should bounce back during a must-win matchup vs. Sacramento on Friday.
Apr 7 - 11:21 PM

Enes Kanter went off for 21 points and 17 rebounds during Sunday's loss to OKC, adding five turnovers and a block.

The only gripe we have with Kanter's game is that aside from points and rebounds, his stat lines are generally empty. Still, he's emerged as a primary component to OKC's offense, and is averaging 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds with the Thunder on 57 percent shooting from the field. Keep rolling him out there.
Apr 5 - 6:38 PM

Enes Kanter went for 24 and 17 with a steal and block in Friday's loss, but hurt his neck and X-rays taken after the game returned negative.

Kanter says he's fine and with the Thunder fighting for their playoff lives it's very likely he continues to play. If for some reason he doesn't though, then Kyle Singler (13 points, four rebounds, two steals, one block) and Mitch McGary (four points, three boards, one steal) would be worth a look.
Apr 4 - 1:21 AM

Enes Kanter scored a career-high 30 points against the Mavs during a 135-131 loss on Wednesday, adding 16 boards, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer on 9-of-13 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line.

Trevor Booker's quote applies here with Kanter getting his stats and taking an L. Still, Kanter is posting some massive stat lines in his last five, averaging 20.0 points, 12.4 boards, 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks on 58.5 percent from the field. He just needs to work on the defensive side of things because OKC had arguably their worst game on D all season.
Apr 2 - 2:46 AM

Enes Kanter said after Saturday's loss to the Jazz that he has no regrets over his comments about his former team.

"No, if I was to take back, I would just say it, right? That’s how I felt and I’m not taking nothing back," Kanter said. "I still care about them, I still care about a few of my teammates." Head coach Scott Brook wasn't happy with Kanter's attitude during the introductions when he seemingly kept egging the crowd on, but Brooks said he would deal with the issue internally. Regardless, Kanter will be eager to move on from this and will look to help the Thunder boost their playoff chances by taking care of business vs. the Suns on Sunday.
Mar 29 - 9:29 AM

Enes Kanter failed to lead the Thunder past his former team on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 34 minutes.

He had some pretty brutal comments about the Jazz prior to the game tonight, and the home crowd certainly let him hear it throughout the game. Rudy Gobert won the matchup tonight, but Kanter still deserves some credit for the way he has been playing for the Thunder. Kanter is averaging an impressive 21.5 points and 12.3 boards over his last four games, and while he still doesn't produce assists, blocks or steals on a consistent basis, he should be locked in a must-start player in all leagues down the stretch.
Mar 29 - 12:32 AM

Enes Kanter said on Saturday that the only thing he misses in Utah is the mountains.

"I don't want to make no comments on them, but I think, after I went to OKC, I was like 'Oh man, this is how NBA teams [are],'" Kanter said. "Everything there is just professional. Everything they do is for the players. You just only focus on basketball." Well, the boo birds are going to be flocking to Utah tonight. Plus, Rudy Gobert will probably guard Kanter on several possessions. It should be fun.
Mar 28 - 2:20 PM

Enes Kanter steamrolled the Lakers on Tuesday, posting 25 points (10-of-15 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), 16 rebounds, four assists and one steal in just 28 minutes.

He faced a frontcourt of Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly, so it's not shocking that Kanter scored as though he were the only player on the court. His offensive role is rock solid with both Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant out of commission, and he's making the most of his opportunity -- over OKC's past six games, Kanter is racking up 21.2 points and 12.2 rebounds, while making 56.5 percent FGs and 88.5 percent FTs.
Mar 24 - 11:31 PM

Steven Adams said he's been impressed with teammate Enes Kanter's offensive skills.

Kanter is averaging 17.2 points and 10.5 rebounds in 14 games with the Thunder and his recent surge has not been lost on his teammate. "No, not at all," Adams said when asked if he knew that Kanter had this type of offensive skill. "I was like, ‘What? This is surprising.’ But I don’t know. He’s just a lot more comfortable here I think." While it would be nice for Kanter to improve his defensive stats, fantasy owners have to enjoy his nightly potential for a double-double.
Source: Oklahoman
Mar 24 - 10:44 AM

Enes Kanter got it done on Sunday, scoring a game-high 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting, to go with 12 rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 34 minutes of action.

Kanter was also a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe, and he appears to have found his home in Oklahoma. Kanter's numbers are up across the board since arriving in OKC, as he's averaging 16.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game on an impressive 55.9 percent shooting from the field. He doesn't do a lot aside from score and rebound, but with zero competition for minutes, he'll continue to be a double-double threat on a nightly basis. Keep rolling him out there.
Mar 22 - 7:06 PM

Enes Kanter (ankle) will be in the starting lineup vs. the Heat on Sunday.

Kanter was able to go through practice on Saturday and his ankle reportedly responded well, so there is no reason to think that he will have any limitations. With Serge Ibaka ruled out indefinitely with a knee injury, Kanter will be a must-start option for the foreseeable future. Mitch McGary will shift to the bench and can be dropped in most leagues.
Mar 22 - 1:20 PM

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SF1Kevin Durant
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5Perry Jones
PF1Serge Ibaka
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C1Steven Adams
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