The Jazz took the 19-year-old Kanter third overall in the 2011 draft, and he went on to appear in all 66 games of the lockout-shortened season. The Turkish center largely served as the backup to Al Jefferson, averaging 4.6 points and 4.2 boards in 13.2 minutes per contest. His per-36-minute averages of 12.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks suggest bigger stat lines to come in Kanter's future. Even in limited action, Kanter impressed early on, pulling down 11 rebounds in 20:30 on the court in his NBA debut on Dec. 27. He went on to deliver three more games with double-digit boards on the year. On Mar. 18, Kanter scored a season-high 17 points along with eight rebounds in 22:52 of action against the Lakers. Then, on Apr. 26, the final day of the season, he recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds against Portland for his first career double-double. Kanter went on to appear off the bench in all four playoff games for the Jazz. He recorded eight points, 10 rebounds and a block in Game 2 of their series against San Antonio.2012
Biding his time behind veteran big men Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap, Enes Kanter would appear in 70 games for the Jazz, with two starts. The NBA sophomore saw a modest increase in playing time over his rookie season, with his per-game playing time increasing from 13 to 15 minutes. Most prominent in Kanter's yearly stats was his shot percentage of 54.4 percent, nearly a five point leap from his rookie season. On March 3rd, one of Kanter's two starts, the developing big man exploded for a rare 20-20 game of 23 points and 22 rebounds. Both stats were career highs. Kanter's Jazz would finish at 43-39 and miss the playoffs.2013
By all statistical measures, the 2013-14 season was the best of Kanter's career. He averaged 12.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks in 27 minutes per game. In his third season, Kanter was a force, especially on the offensive side of the ball. On the negative, he essentially lost his starting job in late November, ceding time to Al Jefferson. The move to the bench had an effect on Kanter's total playing time. During the big man's 37 starts, he averaged 32 minutes per game, but for the 43 games where he came off the bench, Kanter played 22 minutes per contest. In a win over the Bucks on March 3rd, Kanter collected a career-high 27 points and an impressive 14 rebounds. Kanter had 12 games with 20 points or more. He also produced 24 double-doubles. On April 8th, he came off the bench to bang out 15 points and a career-high 19 boards. The Jazz would end the season at a disappointing 25-57.2014
After spending his first three and a half seasons with the Jazz, Enes Kanter was traded to the Thunder at the trade deadline last February. With incumbent OKC starting center Steven Adams out with a broken hand at the time of the trade, Kanter was thrust into the starting lineup in his first game with the Thunder and never relinquished it. Over 26 contests with OKC, Kanter posted career-high averages of 18.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 0.5 steals in 31 minutes per game. Kanter excelled with the Thunder, shooting 57 percent from the field and 78 percent from the line. In his Thunder debut, he promptly produced a double-double of 10 points and 13 boards during a win over the Hornets. On March 15th, in a win over the Bulls, Kanter would supply the unique stat line of 18 points and 18 rebounds to go with two steals. On April 1st, Kanter delivered a career-high 30 points in a 135-131 loss to Dallas. Kanter's Thunder would finish the season at 45-37, just missing the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference. The big man would end the season fourth in offensive rebounds (277). Kanter also had the 10th best league-wide field goal percentage at 51.9 percent.2015
The 2015-16 season was Enes Kanter's first full season with the Thunder. He appeared in all 82 regular season contests for OKC, averaging 21 minutes of play per game with one start. Kanter's minutes decreased relative to the 31 minutes per game he played in 26 games for the Thunder last year. Despite the shrinking playing time, Kanter shot a career-high 57.6 percent from the field, which ranked fourth in the Association. On November 18th, Kanter exploded for 24 points and 14 rebounds in a win over the Pelicans. Kanter would have 25 double-doubles on the season and five games with 15 or more rebounds. On January 18th, Kanter would deliver 25 points and eight rebounds in a win over the Nuggets. Finally, on April 6th, the fourth to last game of the season, Kanter would get his lone start of the season. He came through with a career-high 33 points and an impressive 20 rebounds in a tough loss the Trail Blazers. The game marked the first time in Thunder history where a Thunder player scored at least 30 points and 20 rebounds. Kanter would end the season fifth overall in total offensive rebounds (249). OKC would finish 55-27. They would defeat the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, with Kanter chipping in a playoff career-high 21 points and eight boards in Game 3 and a new playoff high of 28 points in Game 4. The Thunder would then get past the Spurs, but lose to the Warriors in seven games in the Western Conference Finals.2016
Enes Kanter, during his sixth year in the Association and third with the Thunder, wound up averaging 21 minutes of play over 72 games. He would come off the bench for all of those 72 contests, backing up the rugged Steven Adams. As a reserve, he would deliver a useful 14.3 points and 6.7 boards per contest. That production made Kanter one of the most efficient scorers in the league. In fact, his field goal shooting of 54.6 percent ranked 11th in the Association. On November 28th, the big man produced a season-high 27 points and 10 boards in a nice win over the Knicks. On January 5th, he banged out 29 points and 12 rebounds in a road win over the Kings. In late January, he would suffer a fractured right ulna in his forearm, forcing surgery. Kanter would wind up missing 10 games. The Thunder would finish 47-35, losing in five games to the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. Defensive mismatches with the Rockets reduced Kanter's playoff playing time to nine minutes per game.2017
In September of 2017, Enes Kanter was traded to the Knicks in a deal that also sent Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder. New York was a fruitful landing spot for the big man, as he wound up starting all 71 games he played in. His 25.8 minutes per game for New York was a three-year high and he ultimately averaged a double-double for the first time in his career, posting 14.1 points and 11.0 rebounds. On a Christmas Day loss to the Sixers, Kanter would gift the Knicks a season-high 31 points to go with an eye-popping 22 rebounds, tying a career high in boards. On January 30th, the seven year veteran would deliver a rare 20-20 (points and rebounds) game during a win over the rival Nets. On Valentine's Day, Kanter would deliver another holiday treat of 24 points and 14 boards in a home loss to the Wizards. Kanter would produce 16 games of 15 or more rebounds and 39 double-doubles. Ultimately, Kanter's Knicks would finish 29-53 and miss the playoffs. But Kanter would finish fifth in the Association in field goal percentage, shooting 59.2 percent from the field. He'd also finish sixth in rebounds per game with 11.0 boards per contest.2018
During Enes Kanter's eighth season in the NBA, the 26-year-old veteran split time between the New York Knicks and the Portland Trail Blazers. Kanter first played in 44 games for the Knicks, averaging a double-double of 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest with excellent shooting percentages. Despite the quality numbers, the Knicks opted to release Kanter just after the February trade deadline. Six days later, he signed with Portland to back up Jusuf Nurkic at center. On Feb. 21, Kanter's Trail Blazer debut, he nearly delivered a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds in a win over the Nets. The big man's role quickly upgraded on Mar. 25 when Nurkic was lost for the season due to a leg injury. Kanter would go on to start eight of the last nine games of the season, averaging 18.1 points and 11.4 boards per contest. With Kanter's help, the Trail Blazers would make to the Western Conference Finals, losing to the Warriors in four games. Through 16 playoff games, Kanter delivered 11.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. He ended the season with the 20th best field goal percentage (54.9 percent) in the Association. Kanter enters the off-season as an unrestricted free agent.
June 23, 2011Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
February 19, 2015As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Utah Jazz with Steve Novak to the Oklahoma City Thunder; the Detroit Pistons traded D.J. Augustin, Kyle Singler and a 2019 2nd round draft pick to the Thunder; the Pistons traded a 2017 2nd round draft pick to the Jazz; the Thunder traded Reggie Jackson to the Pistons; and the Thunder traded Grant Jerrett, Kendrick Perkins, Tibor Pleib and a 2018 1st round draft pick to the Jazz.
July 12, 2015Signed a three-year contract, with a player option for a fourth year, with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
September 25, 2017Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder with Doug McDermott and a 2018 2nd round draft pick to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony.
June 30, 2018Exercised the fourth year player option of his 2015 contract to stay with the Knicks.
February 7, 2019Waived by the New York Knicks.
February 13, 2019Signed a contract for the rest of the season with the Portland Trail Blazers
July 17, 2019Signed, as a free agent, a two-year agreement with the Boston Celtics.