September 18, 2011

Enes Kanter Highlights: Utah Jazz Draft Pick Impresses at 2011 EuroBasket

Enes Kanter showed off some impressive skills in the EuroBasket tournament, held in Lithuania this year. The 6'11" center/forward averaged 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and shot 59.6% from the field. Enes scored a total of 77 points in eight games, with a tournament high of 19 points.

Kanter had streaks of productive play and showed flashes of greatness and potential, but mostly was inconsistent. Although, we have to remember that Enes is only 19 years old.

Some of his better traits included running the floor, hustling, passing, mid-range shooting, post play and dunking.

The Jazz have a new, exciting front line with the addition of Enes Kanter. Whether Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson are both still in Utah next season or not is a mystery. I believe the best move in part by the Jazz would be to keep both Jefferson and Millsap until the February trade deadline.

If, by the deadline, Kanter and second-year teammate Derrick Favors prove to be worthy of starting games consistently, a trade involving Millsap and/or Jefferson would benefit the team substantially.

Utah has a serious need for a wing scorer, and could acquire that type of player by giving up at least one of the players making up the Jazz's plethora of forwards and centers.

Once Utah irons out the wrinkles in their roster, Kanter and Favors will have the opportunity to establish a frightening frontcourt and grow together as players. Both being only 19 years old, they sport unlimited potential and youth for a rebuilding franchise.

By Broox Anderson (Correspondent) on September 18, 2011

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