The Big Turkey was coming off a shoulder injury from last year that really put him behind the eight ball to start the season. All year he wanted minutes with the other young guys but rarely saw it. He even complained in his final interview about not playing with the young guys and was even told this was a rebuilding year and he would get a bunch of playing time.
What was good:
Averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 26 minutes of play was excellent. His 49.7% field goal shooting was exceptional considering a lot of his shots were jumpers. Enes Kanter has the range to become a very elite offensive player in this league and when he moves his game to the three point line he will be a very dangerous weapon. Enes got better every month during the season and eventually averaged 15 points and 13 rebounds along with 2 assists (all career bests for a month) in 30 minutes per game in April.
What needs to improve:
Although his offense was pretty good his inability to pass the ball out hurt the Jazz’s flow and it’s the type of basketball nobody wants to watch. He learned from Al so I guess I shouldn’t expect much different than that. If he can pass out of the double and triple team, guys like Trey Burke can start hitting the wide open 3 and give Enes a lot more one-on-one offense.
His defense for the most part was not good. Teams would go at him time and time again and he wouldn’t be able to stop them. This wasn’t the case his rookie year as he use to put a body on guys and not let them move an inch. His switching and help defense is atrocious and he really needs to get better at that or I suspect the Jazz will end up trading him or not resigning him when the time comes.
What the focus this off-season should be:
The three ball and lots of film watching with somebody that can teach him to be quicker and smarter on defense.
I was disappointed at the first of the season with Enes, but ultimately he got his season rolling after the new year and especially after the all-star break. The Jazz need him offensively, but they desperately need him to play better defense as he brings the whole team down when he is in the game. The I’ll score and let you score mentality has to stop or he won’t last much longer with the Jazz. Again overall I think he improved and with a full off-season this summer he hopefully takes his game to the next level.