Enes Kanter

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Enes Kanter
Beverley Kanter.JPG
Left to right: Trey Burke, Patrick Beverley, Kanter and Gordon Hayward
No. 0 – Utah Jazz
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-05-20) May 20, 1992 (age 22)
Zürich, Switzerland
Nationality Turkish
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Stoneridge Preparatory School
(Simi Valley, California)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2008–2009 Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey)
2011–present Utah Jazz
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Enes Kanter (born May 20, 1992) is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing at 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), he plays at the center and power forward positions.

Early life[edit]

Enes Kanter was born May 20, 1992 in Zürich, Switzerland,[1] while his father Mehmet attained his M.D. from the University of Zurich. Mehmet Kanter, originally from Erciş, Turkey,[2] is currently a professor of histology at Trakya University, Turkey.[3]

Before moving to the United States, Kanter played under Serdar Apaydın's management for Fenerbahçe Ülker youth section between 2006-08[4] and then, during the 2008–09 season, Kanter was a seldom-used reserve for the professional team Fenerbahçe Ülker.[5] He played in at least nine games with the team – four in the Euroleague and five in the Turkish Basketball League.[5] Fenerbahçe and the Greek League basketball team Olympiacos both offered Kanter professional contracts, but he declined because he wanted to play high school and college basketball in the United States.[1]

Prep school[edit]

Later, Kanter moved to the United States and played for Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, California for the 2009–10 high school basketball season.[6] At the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit, Kanter played for the international team, scoring 34 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.[5] His point total was a record for the event, breaking Dirk Nowitzki's record set in the 1998 game.[5] Both Rivals.com and Scout.com rated Kanter as a five-star prospect, the highest possible rating.[7][8]

College career[edit]

On November 23, 2009, Kanter verbally committed to play for the University of Washington Huskies.[1] Kanter chose Washington over UCLA, USC, Indiana and UNLV.[1] However, he re-opened his recruitment in February 2010.[9] On April 14, 2010, Kanter signed a National Letter of Intent to play for coach John Calipari at the University of Kentucky.[5]

He was recruited to play for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, but the NCAA declared him permanently ineligible as a collegiate athlete because he received approximately $33,000 from Fenerbahçe Ülker in excess benefits. The NCAA ruled that this amount was above and beyond what was considered acceptable.[10][11][12][13][14] On January 7, 2011, the NCAA rejected Kentucky's appeal, upholding that Kanter was permanently ineligible.[15] Without Kanter, Kentucky still managed to reach the Final Four in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Professional career[edit]

Utah Jazz (2011-present)[edit]

Kanter was drafted 3rd overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2011 NBA Draft along with Alec Burks. "I'm so happy, I'm so excited. I know the Utah Jazz fans are crazy and I love them," he said. "I will bring the team toughness and post moves, rebounding, everything. I will try to do everything to make the playoffs."[16]

"First of all, I felt great because it's the Utah Jazz — I have family there," Kanter said of his reaction to being selected by the Jazz. "Like Mehmet Okur play there, too, so it's kind of like my family, so I was very happy. I know he will help me a lot when I'm in Utah, and I can't wait to play with him."[16]

On December 9, 2011, Kanter signed the rookie scale contract with the Utah Jazz.[17] In his rookie season, Kanter averaged 4.6 points in 13.2 minutes per game.

Turkish national team[edit]

Kanter made his debut for the Turkish national basketball team in the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in Italy. He dominated throughout the tournament, averaging 22.9 points, 16.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 34.6 minutes of action. But Jonas Valančiūnas, who had averaged 14.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 23.5 minutes, was chosen as the MVP. Kanter was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, averaging 18.6 points and 16.4 rebounds while leading Turkey's junior national team to the bronze medal.[1] He declined to play for the senior national team in the 2010 FIBA World Championship which was being held in Turkey and the team would go on to finish 2nd place. His father claimed he did this in order not to miss the first month of classes at Kentucky.[18]

Kanter played with the Turkish national basketball team in EuroBasket 2011. He appeared in 8 games, logging 17.8 minutes per game, and he averaged 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. "[19]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.


Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Utah 66 0 13.2 .496 .000 .667 4.2 .1 .3 .3 4.6
2012–13 Utah 70 2 15.4 .544 1.000 .795 4.3 .4 .4 .5 7.2
2013–14 Utah 80 37 26.7 .491 .000 .730 7.5 .9 .4 .5 12.3
Career 216 39 18.9 .505 .333 .732 5.5 .5 .3 .4 8.3


2012 Utah 4 0 10.8 .438 .000 .000 4.0 .3 .0 1.0 3.5
Career 4 0 10.8 .438 .000 .000 4.0 .3 .0 1.0 3.5


2008–09 Fenerbahçe Ülker 4 0 7.8 .429 .000 .667 1.5 .0 .3 .0 2.0 1.8
Career 4 0 7.8 .429 .000 .667 1.5 .0 .3 .0 2.0 1.8


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