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Enes Kanter | Center/Forward

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 245
College: Kentucky
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Enes Kanter made just 2-of-6 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday with six points, six boards, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.
He's actually been better on defense, but the production just isn't there because he's not a big part of the offense right now. In his last two games, Kanter averaged just 7.0 points, 5.5 boards and 0.5 blocks. He's not worth owning in standard leagues and it's only going to get worse when Kevin Durant (foot) returns. Mar 5 - 10:51 PM

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Enes Kanter (thigh bruise) returned from a one-game absence vs. the Lakers on Sunday, posting 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with a game-high 15 rebounds and a season-high five assists.

L.A. didn't have anyone to check Kanter in the paint so the short-handed Thunder wisely featured him in the post, and he racked up those impressive stats in under 30 minutes. The assists are striking since his previous season-high was three and he's averaging a mere 0.7 dimes per game. Unfortunately, Kanter again failed to record a steal or block and his fantasy value is restricted to scoring, rebounding and FG percentages.
Mar 1 - 10:06 PM

Enes Kanter (thigh contusion) will play vs. the Lakers on Sunday.

He was a game-time decision but his thigh responded well during warmups, so he'll return to the starting lineup with Nick Collison and Mitch McGary backing him up.
Mar 1 - 6:33 PM

Enes Kanter (thigh contusion) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

If Kanter is again unable to go on Sunday, Nick Collison would likely draw the start, but it's Mitch McGary who would become the most interesting play after putting up 20 points and nine rebounds during his last outing. Serge Ibaka will also be forced to log heavy minutes if Kanter is out. Stay tuned.

Enes Kanter (thigh contusion) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

He must have suffered the injury against the Suns on Thursday and it's unclear if he'll need to miss more games. Nick Collison will get the start, but Mitch McGary is the most interesting player here. Kanter should see his numbers decrease with his new team.
Feb 27 - 9:08 PM

Enes Kanter scored 18 points with six boards, one assist and one block in 37 minutes on Thursday against the Suns.

Kanter has always been able to score and rebound at a reasonable rate, but his defensive stats are still not there. He has totaled just one block and one steal in four games for the Thunder, and he is still having trouble finding the open man, averaging just 1.5 assists over that span. Steven Adams (hand) will likely return soon, but Kanter should still be locked in as the starting center for the rest of the season to the delight of his owners.
Feb 27 - 2:40 AM

The Thunder blew past the Nuggets on Sunday, 119-94, thanks in part to Enes Kanter's 20 points (8-of-12 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Kevin Durant (foot) was out tonight and won't be re-evaluated until next weekend, giving Kanter a larger-than-expected role offensively. He took full advantage tonight, scoring efficiently while racking up his second straight double-double, and he even chipped in a steal during just 26 minutes of action. His fantasy value got a bump when he was dealt to OKC, though his typically paltry defensive stats may prevent him from anything more than mid-round value even in Durant's absence.
Feb 22 - 9:31 PM

Enes Kanter double-doubled in his OKC debut during a 110-103 win on Saturday over the Hornets, scoring 10 points with 13 rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

He had five offensive boards and ran a ton of pick-and-roll offensive sets with Russell Westbrook. Kanter probably won't be as involved in the offense because of Kevin Durant being such an effective ISO player, so we're not too bullish about owning him while KD is day-to-day.
Feb 21 - 10:18 PM

Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler will draw the start vs. the Hornets on Saturday.

Kanter is in line for big minutes right out of the gate with Steven Adams sidelined with a hand injury, so he can be viewed as a must-start option for the foreseeable future. Kanter has season averages of 13.8 points and 7.8 boards in 27.1 minutes per game, and while he does lack defensive stats, he should see plenty of touches on offense with Kevin Durant (foot) also out. Nick Collison started at center on Thursday, but he will now return to his limited role off the OKC bench and can be dropped in most leagues.

Enes Kanter along with the rest of the Thunder's recent acquisitions are all expected to be available for Saturday's game against the Hornets.

With Kevin Durant's status up in the air for Saturday, Kanter could be stepping into a larger than expected role upon his first game with OKC. D.J. Augustin, Kyle Singler, and Steve Novak are also expected to be available, but Kanter is the guy who offers the most value out of the group.

The Thunder acquired Enes Kanter from the Jazz on Thursday.

Kanter's move to OKC is part of a three-team deal with the Pistons -- Kendrick Perkins goes to Utah, Reggie Jackson goes to Detroit, Kyle Singler goes to Oklahoma City, and more pieces could move as details emerge. Kanter should start immediately and will likely keep the job even once Steven Adams (hand) returns to action. Fantasy owners should be pleased with the move as Kanter is no longer stifled by Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, the latter of whom also gets a big boost with this trade.

The Thunder are "pushing hard" to get Enes Kanter, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski also added that the Thunder are after Kanter. Apparently, the Thunder are still trying to find a way to get a big man while leaving themselves some sort of backup behind Russell Westbrook. If Kanter is dealt to OKC, he would lose a lot of value. Rudy Gobert should be owned everywhere.
Feb 19 - 2:23 PM

Enes Kanter was at practice on Wednesday, but he will not speak to the media.

He's said he would like to be traded and is reportedly far apart on contract terms with the Jazz, but at least he's still being a part of the team. There is no imminent deal for Kanter right now, but there's a very good chance he's traded on Thursday. Rudy Gobert will start and could be a star after the break. Trevor Booker will also play more.
Feb 18 - 9:33 PM

Enes Kanter and the Utah Jazz are far apart on contract figures, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.

A contract extension would keep Kanter from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, but it sounds like the sides aren't even close. Gennessy reports that Utah offered a four-year, $32 million deal, but Kanter's camp wants Gordon Hayward-type money (four years, $63 million). While the Jazz are saying they want to retain Kanter, a negotiations breakdown could speed up a deal that would have Rudy Gobert's fantasy owners rejoicing.
Feb 17 - 12:46 PM

Despite the recent trade rumors, the Utah Jazz may end up keeping Enes Kanter, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

In what could be a smoke screen, the Jazz are saying that Kanter is a part of the team's long-term plans are confident they can smooth over the issues that led to his trade request. A strong offer would presumably change the Jazz' tune here, but for now, Rudy Gobert's fantasy owners have to be a little disappointed.
Feb 17 - 11:22 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2D.J. Augustin
SG1Andre Roberson
2Dion Waiters
3Jeremy Lamb
SF1Kevin Durant
2Kyle Singler
3Anthony Morrow
4Steve Novak
5Perry Jones
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Enes Kanter
3Nick Collison
C1Steven Adams
2Mitch McGary