Enes Kanter had himself a standout season in 2018-2019. Despite playing for both the New York Knicks and Portland Trailblazers, Kanter didn’t miss a beat!
Some might have forgotten that newly acquired center for the Boston Celtics Enes Kanter was a valuable part of the New York Knicks roster when they decided to waive him last season. Picked up by the Portland Trailblazers, Kanter was an important part to the team’s playoff run. Kanter went into free agency as one of the top centers on the market. The Celtics and Kanter agreed on a deal, giving Boston a much needed backbone at the five slot.
Kanter and the Celtics agreed on a two-year , $10M contract, with a player option after the first year. The contract is beautiful and works out great for both sides. I’m actually surprised Boston was able to land him for such a bargain of a price, especially after the great season he produced in Portland.
Kanter is in position to be the starting center for the Celtics. It’ll be a lot of fun trying to watch opposing defenses try to stop the Celtics’ rotating units.
Kanter is a big man with handles. He can dribble, work the paint and get himself baskets at a high rate. He has beautiful moves and his footwork is immaculate.
In 44 games with the Knicks last season, Kanter averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. In his 23 games with the Trailblazers, the 27-year-old averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
With a starting unit of Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Enes Kanter the Celtics are going to be a power-house of a team this season. I predict Kanter is going to finish the season averaging 12.2 points,10 boards, and 1.2 assists per game on 55% shooting from the field.
His style and personality is going to be a great fit in Boston. He doesn’t let anyone disrespect himself or his teammates. It’s about time Marcus Smart had a “sidekick.”
From the contract itself, all the way to the actual player, Celtics fans should be all around pleased with the signing of Enes Kanter.