Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter
27-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Celtics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Which Enes Kanter will show up in Boston? Will the Celtics see the Kanter that OKC deemed unplayable in the playoffs due to his defensive limitations? Or will they enjoy the Kanter that played 29 clutch minutes per game in the playoffs for Portland, averaging 11.4 points, 9.6 boards, 0.7 steals and a mildly serviceable 0.6 block? In good conscience, we are unable to ponder Kanter's time with the dumpster-fire Knicks. All indications point towards the 27-year old veteran behaving more like the Portland Trail Blazer we saw last year. With Al Horford packing his bags for Philadelphia, Kanter now stands as the lone starting center in option in Boston, with the opportunity to continue posting double-doubles to the delight of many bargain-hunting fantasy fans. There are even off-season whispers of Kanter improving his three-point shooting under coach Brad Stevens' tutelage (see Baynes, Aron). Kanter will certainly never remind the Garden faithful of the legendary Bill Russell, but his strong inside scoring moves and greedy rebounding should satisfy many a fantasy owner. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Enes Kanter was born in Zurich, Switzerland. But his family returned to his family's native Turkey when is father, Mehmet Kanter, became a professor of histology and genetics at Trakya University. Enes' mother was a nurse and he has three younger siblings. One of his two brothers, Kerem, played college ball at Xavier. At 17 years of age, Enes moved to the United States to play high school basketball and played for one year at Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, California. Kanter credits the television shows SpongeBob SquarePants and Jersey Shore for helping him learn English. He is a big fan of pro wrestling. In the summers, Kanter travels the country hosting youth basketball camps. To learn more about Kanter check out @eneskanter11 on Instagram and @EnesKanter on Twitter.

College/International Summary

Before being drafted by the Jazz in 2011, Enes Kanter played nine games for the Turkish Fenerbahce squad in during the 2008-09 season. He was 16 years old at the time. Through those nine games, he appeared in both Turkish League and EuroLeague contests. He averaged 2.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Later he attempted to play collegiate basketball with Washington and then Kentucky, but was deemed ineligible by the NCAA due to his Fenerbahce experience. Despite his lack of collegiate experience, Kanter was drafted with the third overall pick by Utah.

Records double-double in win
CBoston Celtics
March 4, 2020
Kanter amassed 10 points (3-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds and one steal in 14 minutes in Wednesday's 112-106 win over the Cavaliers.
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With Kemba Walker (knee), Gordon Hayward (knee) and Jaylen Brown (hamstring) all sidelined for the Celtics, Kanter notched his first double-double in eight games. His playing time didn't see a huge jump, but the center made the most of the opportunities presented to him with Boston down three of their top four scorers. His minutes are going to be unreliable with Robert Williams and Daniel Theis both currently heathy for this front court, but if the Celtics continue to be without multiple starters Friday night against the Jazz, Kanter could produce another solid scoring effort off the bench.
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2011

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.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2011
    Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
  • February 19, 2015
    As 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, 2015
    Signed a three-year contract, with a player option for a fourth year, with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • September 25, 2017
    Traded 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, 2018
    Exercised the fourth year player option of his 2015 contract to stay with the Knicks.
  • February 7, 2019
    Waived by the New York Knicks.
  • February 13, 2019
    Signed a contract for the rest of the season with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • July 17, 2019
    Signed, as a free agent, a two-year agreement with the Boston Celtics.
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After two years in Oklahoma City, Kanter was traded to the Knicks last offseason in a deal that also sent Carmelo Anthony back to the Thunder. It was a fruitful landing spot for the big man, as he wound up starting all 71 games he played in after being stuck behind Steven Adams previously. His 25.8 minutes per game 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. However, that's where the production stopped, as Kanter's offense-first mindset kept him well off the radar in the other categories. While it took him a while to a make a final decision, Kanter eventually opted into his $18.6 million player option for the upcoming campaign, which isn't surprising considering he was unlikely to land anywhere near that sort of money elsewhere. He'll slot back into the starting center role right away and should see just as big of a workload to start the year, if not a few extra minutes, considering Kristaps Porzingis will miss at least the first two or three months of the season while recovering from a torn ACL. Look for Kanter to operate as the team's second scoring option behind Tim Hardaway for the duration of Porzingis' absence and he should also continue to be a solid source of boards, though it may be tough for him to match the 11.0 he averaged a season ago. Kanter doesn't have any semblance of a three-point shot, but he does have valuable percentages after finishing with a 59.2 percent clip from the field and an 84.8 percent clip from the free-throw line. Kanter won't provide much defense, but his work elsewhere should bring him into consideration as an intriguing mid-round pick.
Kanter will be entering his third full season with the Thunder with about the exact same role he’s had all along: offensive-minded backup. Despite the trading away of Domantas Sabonis, who started 66 games last season ahead of Kanter, the newly-acquired Patrick Patterson is in line to essentially take the role of Sabonis, keeping Kanter refined to a limited role off the bench. The 25-year-old still managed to hold value despite the bench role, though, most notably averaging 14.3 points on 54.5 percent shooting from the field with 6.7 rebounds on just 21.3 minutes per game, making him one of the most efficient scorers in the league and valuable across almost every format. It would be hard to imagine him remaining as efficient for another straight year, but even a slight digression in scoring efficiency doesn’t pose a threat to his wide-spread value.
After joining the Thunder via trade in February 2015 and producing 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in 24 appearances, Kanter re-signed with the club on a four-year, $70 million contract that summer. While that kind of money would normally warrant a starting gig, the returns of Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka from injury and their subsequent good health resulted in Kanter making just one start in his 82 games in 2015-16. He also saw his court time fall to 21 minutes per game, 10 fewer than what he’d averaged with Oklahoma City the year before. If Kanter was frustrated by the declining role, it wasn’t apparent in his numbers, as he responded by putting up 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest and recording 24 double-doubles, the most from any NBA reserve in a single season since 1992-93. The impressive board totals often masked the fact that Kanter remains a poor individual defender who doesn’t block many shots and lacks the lateral mobility to effectively match up against the small-ball lineups favored by many teams across the league, making him a better fantasy player than a real-life one. Those defensive shortcomings may forever stand in the way of Kanter consistently receiving the time he’d need to submit eye-popping stat lines like the 33-point, 20-rebound line he logged against the Trail Blazers in his lone start of 2015-16. It does help Kanter’s cause that Ibaka (Magic) and Durant (Warriors) are now with new teams, but it’s still uncertain to translate back into a regular 30-minute role, since the Thunder continue to fancy themselves as playoff contenders. With that in mind, Ersan Ilyasova, Joffrey Lauvergne and Domantas Sabonis could conceivably end up dominating the minutes at power forward next to defensive anchor Steven Adams, who hasn’t appeared comfortable sharing the court with the space-clogging Kanter for long stretches. Such a development would probably take a full-on breakout season off the table for Kanter, but even only a mild boost in court time could have a dramatic positive effect on his fantasy value thanks to his robust per-minute numbers. He makes for a good gamble in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
After spending his first three and a half seasons with the Jazz, Kanter was traded to the Thunder at the trade deadline last February. With incumbent 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, posting 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 through 26 contests. Kanter excelled with the Thunder, shooting 57 percent from the field and 78 percent from the line, turning around what was looking like another disappointing season. At 6-foot-11 and 247 pounds, Kanter is nimble enough to play power forward, but his only real position in the NBA today is center. Oklahoma City already has two scoring phenoms in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, so with both players healthy this season, there probably won't be another 18.7 points available every night for Kanter. Despite the fact that the Thunder matched the offer sheet Kanter signed witht the Trail Blazers, there's legitmiate concern that Kanter's defensive deficiencies could have him sitting on the bench more than he did last season on an injury-depleted Thunder squad. Kanter also underwent a minor arthroscopic knee procedure in April that was supposed to sideline him for four-to-six weeks, but considering that the team matched his offer sheet of four-years and $70 million, there's little reason to be concerned with the knee. He's had a whale's age to recover at this point. Kanter's scoring may not be there this season, but if he gets enough minutes, he should rebound well and be a great boon in the percentages categories for rotisserie leagues. Expect Kanter to have greater value in rotisserie leagues than he does in head-to-head leagues this season.
Enes Kanter is entering his fourth season in the NBA after a disappointing 2013-14 season. By all statistical measures, it was the best season of Kanter's career (12.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks in 27 minutes per game), but he was demoted to the bench midway through the season after beginning the year as a starter. However, new head coach Quin Snyder plans to move him back into the starting power forward slot this upcoming season. Kanter will play alongside Derrick Favors in the frontcourt. When given enough time on the court, the 22-year-old has proven to be a double-double threat, which was exemplified by the fact that he reached that benchmark 24 times last season. Despite remaining relatively healthy throughout his third year in the league, Kanter has been dealing with a knee injury in the offseason that caused him to pull out of the FIBA World Cup for Team Turkey. He's had the entire summer to rest and seems poised for a redemptive 2014-15 season.
Through his first two seasons at the NBA level, Kanter has had to bide his time while backing up veteran big men Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in Utah. Both Jefferson and Millsap left the Jazz via free agency this summer, opening the door for Kanter to live up to the potential he has flashed during his brief stints of extended run. The 21-year-old center averaged 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.5 blocks last season, but he did that damage in just 15 minutes per game. At 6-11, 260, Kanter is a mountain in the middle. His athleticism is somewhat average for a center, but he's physically imposing with solid post moves and a nice touch around the rim. He also has the ability to hit face-up jumpers and shot well from the free-throw line (79.5 percent) in his sophomore campaign. The minutes will be there for Kanter this season, so if his averages in his two starts last season (20 points, 15 rebounds) or his career per-36 minute averages (14.9 points, 10.7 rebounds) are any indication, we could be looking at one of the bigger breakout stories of the year. The only hurdle for Kanter is his recovery from shoulder surgery, but early indication is he'll be ready to take the court when training camp opens.
Kanter is the only player on the Jazz roster that is close to seven feet tall. He played in all 66 regular season games last year and showed some promise of being a good inside player in his rookie season. He averaged 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 13.2 minutes, and also shoot 49.6 percent from the field. 2012-13 should be another year of learning and adapting for Kanter, but we could see some decent numbers from him at times.
The Utah Jazz selected the Turkish basketball player with third pick in the 2011 draft. He has a lot of potential – he reminds most NBA analysts of another foreign center, Marc Gasol.
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Poor production continues
CBoston Celtics
February 25, 2020
Kanter finished with just four points (1-3 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 17 minutes during Tuesday's 118-106 victory over the Trail Blazers.
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Offers little in loss
CBoston Celtics
February 12, 2020
Kanter failed to score (0-2 FG), adding just three rebounds in eight minutes during Tuesday's 116-105 loss to the Rockets.
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Returns to bench role
CBoston Celtics
February 9, 2020
Kanter is not in the starting lineup Sunday against Oklahoma City.
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Big double-double in win
CBoston Celtics
February 8, 2020
Kanter scored 16 points (5-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-7 FT) while adding 15 rebounds and a block in 28 minutes during Friday's 112-107 win over the Hawks.
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Quiet in start
CBoston Celtics
February 5, 2020
Kanter collected seven points (3-5 FG, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 25 minutes in Wednesday's 116-100 win versus the Magic.
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