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Enes Kanter | Center/Forward | #11

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
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'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." Jun 3 - 10:41 AM

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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.
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

Enes Kanter had a poor game on Sunday, making 4-of-9 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs for nine points and one rebound in 17 minutes.

Kanter didn't have a single assist, steal or block tonight, and this matches his lowest playing time since mid-December. The entire frontcourt was outplayed tonight with Kanter, Steven Adams, Taj Gibson and Domantas Sabonis combining for 20 points. Despite this dud, Kanter is still a reasonable option if you need some rebounds and high-efficiency scoring.
Apr 2 - 5:37 PM

Enes Kanter struggled vs. the Mavericks on Monday with six points and two rebounds in 17 minutes.

He picked up four fouls and never got into a rhythm, finishing 2-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line. Kanter was coming off an impressive three-game stretch with averages of 20.6 points and 8.3 rebounds, and while he won't be that good, his owners can expect him to get back on track vs. the Magic on Wednesday.
Mar 27 - 11:43 PM

Enes Kanter was a rare bright spot for the Thunder on Sunday, scoring 23 points on 9-of-12 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover.

Kanter did his damage in just 23 minutes. His owners would assuredly love to see what he could accomplish with unfettered playing time, considering he was posting top-100 value in a mere 20.2 minutes over the past five games. Expect similar production down the stretch, as OKC tries to close the gap between themselves and the Clippers (1.5 games) and Jazz (2.5 games).
Mar 26 - 7:33 PM

Enes Kanter scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, one block and one steal against the 76ers on Wednesday.

It's usually a fun time for a big man to go up against Jahlil Okafor and that was the case for Kanter today. He also had a double-double against the Warriors on Monday and did play 25 minutes in that loss. The arrival of Taj Gibson hasn't hurt Kanter too much, averaging 16.8 points, 7.4 boards, 0.6 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 steals in his last five games. Plus, Steven Adams struggling has also helped get Kanter going.
Mar 23 - 12:09 AM