Last season Enes Kanter showed up as a completely different player then he did his rookie season. Enes was in top physical shape and it showed up on the court. He was quicker and had a bunch of offensive moves that Jazz fans didn’t see from him the season before. Kanter was frustrated he wasn’t getting more minutes at the end of last season, he was playing some really good basketball before he hurt his shoulder which put him on the sideline for the rest of the season. Jazz fans know the potential that Kanter has but Kanter has got next to no respect from the national media. Yesterday ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle came out with his top 5 breakout players for next season and guess who happened to make the list. Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard were the top 4 on the list followed by Enes Kanter. Here is what Bradford had to say about Kanter at number 5.
“You can make an argument for Kanter or teammate Derrick Favors to be listed here, as both are expected to move into full-blown starting roles. For Favors, it’s a matter of proving he can cut his off-the-bench foul rate without losing any of the aggressiveness that makes him an elite offensive rebounder. Kanter simply needs to do what he’s been doing as a reserve. Last season, he averaged 16.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting 54.4 percent from the field — all at the age of 20. Look out.”
-Bradford Doolittle ESPN
It’s great to see Enes get some respect from the national media because he definitely deserves it. Kanter hasn’t stopped working since his transformation last off-season. This summer he has spent quite a bit of time working with Karl Malone, who i’m sure has given Kanter a ton of great advise. Kanter also has been spending time at P3 in California working out with some of his teammates. Kanter has been dying for more playing time and management is definitely giving him those minutes this season. If Kanter can take the production he put up last season and extend that into the same production over 30 minutes then there is no question that Enes Kanter will be the best player on the Utah Jazz roster next season.