Chad Ford, ESPN: Kanter could go No. 1
He's big (he measured a shade below 6-foot-11 in shoes with a 7-1 wingspan at the Hoop Summit), has an NBA body and uses his strength around the basket. He has a relentless motor on the boards and has excellent footwork for an 18-year-old big man. He's also gotten in terrific shape in Chicago and appears much more explosive than we thought last year. At the Hoop Summit, Kanter was nursing a back injury and could barely get off the floor. In workouts here at ATTACK, Kanter showed he had no problem playing over the rim. While he's no Blake Griffin, he's not a stiff, either.
... Virtually every team I spoke with has him as a top-five prospect on their board. A few told me they believe that had he played at Kentucky this year, he may have been the favorite to go No. 1 overall.
A big man like Kanter is every Sixers fan's dream. Pairing the 18 year-old with Holiday and Turner for the next decade would make for an extremely talented foundation to build around. Unfortunately, for the Sixers to have a chance at Kanter they'd probably have to trade into the top 3. Would a combination of Iguodala, Louis Williams, Mo Speights and the 16th pick be enough? I know some Kings fans who'd trade their potentially top three pick for Iguodala. But do I have faith in Thorn and Stefanski to pull off a trade that makes actual "basketball sense"? No.
Liberty Links: Enes Kanter, Chad Ford, Ed Snider, and Andre Iguodala
by Jordan Sams on May 17, 2011 9:52 AM PDT in Links