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Kanter's defense

Enes Kanter is NOT a bad defender. I see people echo each other and its annoying cause most of you haven't seen this kid play. Ever.

I first saw him when Kanter played at the U-18 Euro's as a 16 yr old. I watched every Turkey game live with a Turkish buddy of mine who couldn't stop raving about the Turkey youth team. Kanter impressed because he was able to hold his position in the post so easily. He literaly manhandled bigmen 2 yrs older then him on both ends of the floor. He won the MVP averaging 18.6 PPG and 16.4 RPG.

His brute strength, love for contact and incredibly high motor will make him an excelent defender in the NBA in time. He'll hold position against anyone including DHoward. And though he ain't a shot blocker, he put's his hands up to contest. His high basketball IQ and agility allowed him to move smoothly around the paint and be in the right position most of the time. His quickness and lateral speed are good but not elite so quick perimeter orientated PF's like Odom will be trouble for him, as well as getting switched on to guards when defending the pick and roll, though he is pretth good hedging it and recovering to his man. 

People like Bogut or Perkins are not quicker nor stronger than him, they too have problems when switched on a guard. They have the strength, motor and IQ however to be good defenders. Kanter has too. The HS footage was bad, I agree, but it was so out of character that I feel something was wrong with him, maybe his knee injury was bothering him or maybe he got dumped by his girlfriend or something I dunno, but it was so far off what I saw from him in live games its not even funny.

Overall, he has excellent size at 6'11 in shoes /260. Is he a PF or a C?  I think defensively, he is better at C and could be a great combo with McGee who can play to his strength as a free safety roaming the paint, altering shots while Kanter stays down low and crashes the defensive boards . Offensively he can play both. He's got an amazingly polished post game with his back to the basket, good hands and soft touch and if that ain't working, he'll bang his opponents out of the way to get the ball in the basket. He can face up with range to the FT line extended and would be our best big for the pick and roll/pick and pop game with Wall, Young and Crawford.  

According to Calipari he has a great work-ethic and enthusiasm and I agree with that. I also think the fact that he worked like a madman to prepare for the combine and the fact that he actually participated in the workouts at the combine show's that. Think of Calipari what you will, but the man knows talent and knows about winning. He recruited him, worked with him all year and says Kanter should be in the conversation to go #1 overall. Make no mistake about it, if Kanter had been eligible, he probably would be. That never happened though and so we'll never know. He didn't play in a long time and drafting him is a big risk in that way, but if the Wizards draft him, and he play's anything like the Kanter I saw at the Euro's, he's gonna be a beast, a complete player who competes on both sides of the floor.      

So, yes I would like the Wiz to draft him, but I think he's gone before # 6. Some other team is probably going to enjoy his talents and they'll find out he is not a bad defender, not at all.

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