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Enes Kanter | Center/Forward

Team: Utah Jazz
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 245
College: Kentucky
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Enes Kanter hit 12-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 27 points, seven rebounds and a block in 29 minutes on Tuesday.
Kanter is starting to play well and the talk of him shooting threes this season may not be a joke. Yes, Rudy Gobert is on his tail, but Kanter looks like a lock to be the starting power forward on opening night and beyond for the Jazz. Gobert played 21 minutes and had five points, six rebounds and three blocks off the bench. Oct 21 - 10:55 PM

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Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter scored 14 points with seven rebounds and one assist vs. the Lakers on Sunday, before fouling out in 38 minutes.

Kanter made 7-of-15 field goals while going 0-of-3 from downtown and failing to attempt a single free throw. He added zero steals but did block one shot for his second defensive stat of the preseason, while allowing Carlos Boozer to explode for 19 points, nine boards and a career-high-tying six steals. The Kanter-as-PF experiment is still in a testing phase.
Oct 20 - 12:21 AM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Head coach Quin Snyder wants Enes Kanter to focus on the details this season, and become a better defensive player.

"I want him to get better and commit to improving on both sides of the floor in every facet of the game," Snyder said. "If defense doesn’t come easily, then he has to focus on it. Enes has to make the minor details important, even things like getting into a stance. But he’s [22] years old, and we’re evaluating him against the best players in the world at a young age." Kanter's lack of defensive stats has been the greatest impediment to his fantasy value, and through five preseason games this season, Kanter has recorded just one steal and zero blocks. Currently, Kanter is locked into the starting power forward position with Utah, but if he continues to be useless defensively, he could lose playing time to emerging defensive stud Rudy Gobert.
Oct 19 - 9:49 AM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter double-doubled against the Blazers on Thursday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and five turnovers on 8-of-13 from the field.

He had a solid game on Tuesday and isn't losing ground to Rudy Gobert just yet. Although, Gobert had a massive offensive rebound late in this game and played well with five points, six boards and one block in 19 minutes. Kanter is worth a look late and is more of a two-category player.
Oct 10 - 12:44 AM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter started at power forward and had 11 points, seven rebounds and a 3-pointer on 4-of-10 shooting in 21 minutes on Tuesday.

He didn't have a block, but played well. He could take a big step forward this season if he can hold off Rudy Gobert for the starting job, and the possible addition of 3-pointers to his arsenal would help to boost his value. He can be had very late in fantasy drafts after a slow start to his NBA career.
Oct 8 - 1:19 AM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter (PF) and Alec Burks (SG) are both starting for the Jazz on Tuesday, along with Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors.

There have been some questions about whether Kanter and Burks would start for the Jazz this season, but at this point, it looks like those are the initial thoughts of the coaching staff. Both Kanter and Burks have some fantasy appeal this season, along with the rest of the Jazz starters.
Oct 7 - 7:28 PM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter looked "shockingly comfortable" as a face-up PF during Sunday's practice.

He had a tough season last year and often looked lost on defense for the Jazz. It is good to see that he has shown improvement and he does have some upside if you can stomach his free throw shooting and mediocre defensive stats. Coach Quin Snyder wants his team to push the ball this year, so it will be interesting to see how Kanter handles the new system. We expect a small bump in his numbers and he is worth a late-round target.
Oct 5 - 3:45 PM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter admitted that he "didn't have much knowledge on defense" last season, but he expects to improve under coach Quin Snyder.

"This year with Coach Quin, [he] has given us that energy. It’s just come naturally. You just want to play defense," Kanter said. "Of course, offense is fun. Everybody wants to play offense. Defense is becoming fun too for me." It's unclear if Kanter will start at PF or C this year, but either way he'll be paired with Derrick Favors and should quickly improve on last year's 12.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.
Oct 1 - 1:04 PM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey has initiated contract extension talks with Enes Kanter.

The Jazz have until Oct. 31 to reach agreement, or else Kanter will become a restricted free agent next summer. "We’ll see if we can get something done early ... but we anticipate [Kanter and Alec Burks] being with the Jazz for a long time," Lindsey said. Kanter is ready to go for training camp after rehabbing his knee this summer, and he's expected to start in the frontcourt alongside Derrick Favors.
Sep 30 - 6:30 PM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter told media on Monday he's spent the offseason working on his 3-point shot, and he will be firing from distance this season.

Kanter said that Mehmet Okur gave him some shooting tips, so it'll be interesting to see if he can indeed add a 3-point shot to his game. Kanter averaged 12.3 points, and 7.5 rebounds last season, but he really struggled to bring any defensive stats to the table as he averaged just 0.5 blocks and 0.4 steals. Kanter profiles as a late-round target with some upside, and it'll be easier to forgive his negligible defensive stats if he can add a 3-point shot from the center position.
Sep 29 - 6:44 PM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter said that the platelet rich plasma injection in his right knee was a success, and he expects to have a "short and easy" recovery.

The initial timetable for his full recovery was two weeks. He will not play for Turkey in the FIBA World Cup beginning in late August but that's simply a precaution, and he'll be ready to go for Utah's training camp. Kanter averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in under 27 minutes per game last season, though his fantasy value was limited by a dearth of steals (0.4) and blocks (0.5).
Jun 25 - 11:40 AM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter will receive a platelet rich plasma injection in his right knee and will be sidelined for about two weeks.

The treatment is to alleviate pain in his quad tendon and will also skip the FIBA World Cup with Turkey later this summer. This is not a serious procedure and some players won't miss any games during the season after a PRP injection. Kanter doesn't have a history of knee problems, so this is a mild surprise. While he was able to stay healthy, the 22-year-old big man will really have to improve his defense to become a reliable center in the NBA.
Jun 23 - 10:03 AM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter was "clearly miffed" at not receiving more playing time this season.

"They told us it was a rebuilding year," Kanter said as the Jazz packed up their things. "If we are not winning a championship, why are the young guys not more together?" It's a very, very valid point. Kanter often lost minutes to guys like Marvin Williams and Richard Jefferson, finishing at 26.7 minutes a night on 37 starts. He'd benefit from a coaching change.
Apr 18 - 9:24 AM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter will miss Wednesday's finale with a sore knee.

Here's a late benching we didn't see coming, and of course, news broke right at 7 p.m., making it nearly impossible to get him replaced in lineups. Kanter had a nice season, but it would have been a lot better had he not been stuck on the bench behind the likes of Marvin Williams. Next season should be a different story. Erik Murphy is available for the Jazz tonight.
Apr 16 - 7:02 PM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter made 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points vs. the Lakers on Monday to go with 12 boards, two assists, one block and one steal in 37 minutes.

He's been great on the glass with double-digit boards in each of his last five games -- all losses. During that span, Kanter averaged 15.8 points, 14.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 steals on 49.2 percent from the field. The blocks have also been a nice surprise since he's at just 0.5 per game on the season, so his fantasy owners have to be pleased with his finish.
Apr 14 - 11:40 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Trey Burke
2Dante Exum
3Toure Murry
SG1Alec Burks
2Ian Clark
3Carrick Felix
SF1Gordon Hayward
2Rodney Hood
3Steve Novak
PF1Enes Kanter
2Trevor Booker
3Jeremy Evans
4Brock Motum
C1Derrick Favors
2Rudy Gobert
3Jack Cooley