While many were looking forward to seeing what Enes Kanter could be capable of in the college ranks at Kentucky, a suspension kept him from showcasing his talents in 2010-11.
However, from European games and tournaments, NBA scouts and draft experts alike should still be able to form a pretty solid opinion on his draft prospects for the 2011 NBA Draft. In fact, with such a weak class of elite big men, Kanter has soared into the lottery almost by default. It’s his excellent skills and amazing potential that are having him discussed as a top-five option.
NBA Position: Forward/Center
Weight: 261 lbs.
Kanter is an extremely polished and skilled post presence for his age. The fact that he can already dominate offensively and on the boards says a lot about his future. Has great size, a strong frame, and can finish with contact around the basket. Really just a fantastic player to watch on the offensive end, from post moves, to his solid jumper, to hitting the glass. Very smooth and fluid around the basket. Is not a one-dimensional scorer. Can put several inside moves to use. Does a great job of sealing out his man, both in scoring and securing rebounds. The sky is the limit, as he’s already come so far and is only going to be 19 when he gets drafted. Poured on 34 points in the Hoops Summit game in 2010.
Health and durability is somewhat of a concern, as Kanter has a history of knee issues. Not playing in the United States in 2010 hurt his stock initially, as many scouts didn’t get a chance to see him play up close. The suspension at Kentucky raised a few eyebrows, but shouldn’t damage his stock.
Another thing floating around is that Kanter might stick around in Kentucky, although his talent and potential would suggest he’s gone.
Overall, Kanter is a big body with solid versatility as a big man, with limitless potential. He can already hang with the big boys at just 18, and can do everything a coach asks of him. It’d be hard to pin-point any reasons why he doesn’t succeed at the next level, short of being held back by injuries.
NBA Player Comparison: Kevin Love (better defender)
Draft Projection: Top 5 Pick