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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
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Enes Kanter (arm) returned to action on Friday vs. the Lakers, but scored just four points on 2-of-12 shooting.
He missed a lot of easy looks and finished 2-of-10 in the paint, but some rust was to be expected. He played 19 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds with one assist and four turnovers, but it is a little concerning that the Thunder have another solid option in their frontcourt in Taj Gibson. It's going to take some time for Kanter to find his rhythm, but he could be more a late-round guy going forward. Feb 24 - 10:56 PM

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Enes Kanter (arm) will be available and is expected to play Friday night vs. the Lakers.

This will be Kanter's first game action since fracturing his right arm back in late January punching a chair. OKC traded for Taj Gibson on Thursday, which will reduce the amount of playing time available for Kanter over the final two months of the season. We will have to see how coach Billy Donovan divides the minutes on Friday night in order to get a sense of what the rotation will look like going forward.
Feb 24 - 6:30 PM

The Thunder are expecting Enes Kanter (arm) to play against the Lakers on Friday.

Kanter himself said it's a secret on his status, but he also said his arm feels "pretty good" on Thursday. The addition of Taj Gibson should actually hurt Kanter a little big because the Thunder do use a lot of Kanter next to Steven Adams. Go ahead and pick up Kanter, but he's likely more of a late-round guy in standard leagues.
Feb 23 - 4:47 PM

Enes Kanter says his arm feels "pretty good" and when asked if he might play on Friday night, he said "it's a secret."

If Kanter really is in play for tomorrow night against the Lakers it means he recovered very quickly from his broken arm and returned a bit ahead of schedule. While feeling "pretty good" is a step in the right direction, we still don't know if Kanter has a realistic shot at playing on Friday. But it sure seems like a possibility. Watch for more updates on his status coming Friday afternoon.
Feb 23 - 1:58 PM

Enes Kanter (fractured right arm) had surgery on Friday and will be re-evaulated in about four weeks.

After punching a chair on Thursday, he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks total. That timeline gives him a target date in middle to late March, but the good news is the Thunder have the All-Star break to soften the loss. Still, fantasy owners should probably move on unless it won't hurt to stash him. Without Kanter, Domantas Sabonis looks to have the highest floor while Jerami Grant and Joffrey Lauvergne could make an impact. None of these guys are worth owning in standard leagues yet.
Jan 27 - 2:22 PM

Enes Kanter sustained a fractured forearm after punching a chair on Thursday night, which could sideline him six to eight weeks.

This is the first concrete timetable we've seen since Kanter suffered the injury on Thursday night. A terrible break for OKC, as they are trying to improve their playoff position. As far as fantasy impact is concerned, there is not one individual player who is viewed as the primary beneficiary. Kanter was averaging 21.6 minutes per game this season. There will be a handful of players that soak up that playing time, often depending on nightly matchups. The minutes will be divvied up between Domantas Sabonis, Jerami Grant, Joffrey Lauvergne, Steven Adams and possibly even Nick Collison.
Jan 27 - 9:17 AM

Enes Kanter suffered a broken right forearm after punching a bench chair before halftime of Thursday's 109-98 win over the Mavericks and will be out indefinitely.

The injury was verified by coach Billy Donovan after the game and this is not a typical situation where one player will become an automatic pickup in his absence. You have to think Kanter will miss at least six weeks of action, so Domantas Sabonis, Jerami Grant, Joffrey Lauvergne and Steven Adams will all see extra minutes in Kanter's absence. We'd rank them Sabonis, Grant, Lauvergne as far as pickups go, while Nick Collison could get into the rotation, but none of these players appear to be must-adds. Adams will probably play more minutes in Kanter's absence.

Enes Kanter (wrist) underwent X-Rays on his right hand "with fear the injury could be significant," according to Royce Young of ESPN.com.

Uh oh. He punched a chair in the first half and has already been ruled out for the game. Kanter could have a wrist fracture or damage to his hand, which could cost him multiple weeks. If he's going to miss time, the Thunder will have to use more of Domantas Sabonis, Joffrey Lauvergne and Jerami Grant. Kanter only plays 21.9 minutes per game, so the Thunder should be able to piece it together while he's out.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 26 - 10:14 PM

Enes Kanter did not come out of the locker room with his teammates for the second half of Thursday's game due to a right wrist injury, and will not return.

That's a tough break for Kanter and his fantasy owners, while it should mean we see more Domantas Sabonis and Steven Adams, with a splash of Nick Collison. TNT showed some great video of Kanter awkwardly punching a bench chair with his right hand, and it's possible he did some real damage as the chair seat was rising as he was swinging down on it, causing for an odd striking angle. He also appeared to be holding his forearm, so owners have to hold their collective breath and hope that he didn't break anything.
Jan 26 - 9:26 PM

Enes Kanter scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 21 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

He was bleeding and had to go to the locker room to for a laceration, but he did return. Kanter did get a nice bump in minutes with Steven Adams out last week, but coach Billy Donovan has trusted his Kanter-Adams lineups a lot more these days. Kanter has been peaking lately with fourth-round value in his last 10, so he's a sell high player.
Jan 26 - 1:48 AM

Enes Kanter scored 22 points in 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-18 shots with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers.

He was a handful in the paint tonight, helping to keep the Thunder competitive through three quarters, but ultimately the Warriors just had too much firepower. Kanter gets an obvious boost while Steven Adams is going through the league's concussion protocol, but unfortunately this was OKC's final game of the week -- they get four days of rest before hosting the Jazz on Monday.
Jan 19 - 1:30 AM

Enes Kanter scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting in Monday's loss to the Clippers.

Kanter was expected to draw the start with Steven Adams (concussion) out, but the Thunder opted to go small with Jerami Grant. Kanter added five rebounds with one assist, one steal and one block, but only played 23 minutes in the blowout. The Thunder only play one more time this week and it's against the Warriors, so it's worth noting that Kanter only played three minutes in their first meeting this season. He's been on fire in January, so we'd hope the Thunder will actually use him this time around.
Jan 17 - 1:42 AM

Enes Kanter is being listed as the probable starter for Monday's game against the Clippers.

This report is coming from the game notes, which are notoriously unreliable, but with Steven Adams (concussion) set to sit this one out Kanter moving into the starting five does make sense. Even if Kanter doesn't start, he's sure to see a solid uptick in minutes, and per-36-minutes this season he owns averages of 24.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. He's in for a big night sans Adams and makes for an intriguing DFS target.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Kanter is going to be an across-the-board play tonight as his minutes should trend closer to 33-35 as opposed to the 25-30 we're typically accustomed to seeing from him. We may not see him perform at his typical 1.14 FP per minute mark - he'll be seeing more court time with the starters - but he's the only offensive threat the Thunder have in the front-court.
Jan 16 - 4:14 PM

Enes Kanter scored a season-high 29 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in Sunday’s 122-118 victory over the Kings.

Kanter recorded his 12th double-double of the season tonight and his fourth in the last six games. He finished one rebound short of tying his season-high. Steven Adams (head) left tonight’s game after hitting his head on the floor and was being evaluated for a concussion. If he misses any time, Kanter will see a boost. He faces the Clippers on Monday, a team he is averaging 23.3 minutes, 14 points, 10.3 rebounds, and one steal against this season.
Jan 16 - 12:36 AM

Enes Kanter played 30 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

This was a wonderful spot for him with the Wolves running a lot of their action through their big man, so he wasn't going to be exploited on PNR. Kanter has actually seen a very consistent allotment of minutes with at least 28 in each of his last three. He's also been terrific in January, averaging 15.3 points, 9.3 boards, 1.5 assists and 0.5 steals in his previous games. This is probably close to his peak value on the year, but he's turning in mid-round value in his last 10.
Jan 13 - 11:38 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2Semaj Christon
SG1Victor Oladipo
2Alex Abrines
SF1Andre Roberson
2Doug McDermott
3Jerami Grant
4Kyle Singler
5Josh Huestis
PF1Taj Gibson
2Domantas Sabonis
3Nick Collison
C1Steven Adams
2Enes Kanter
3Dakari Johnson