Could Enes Kanter Be The Top Pick In The NBA Draft?

May 16, 2011 – 7:42 pm by Ryan Phillips

Virtually every scout across the NBA believes that Duke point guard Kyrie Irving is the top player available in the 2011 NBA Draft. So, what happens if a team that is already set at point guard (like, say the Washington Wizards) snags the top pick in Tuesday night’s Draft Lottery?

Well, then the wheels will start turning rapidly, because not only is Irving sought by numerous teams, and trades will definitely be proposed. Then again, there are only a few good players available in this year’s draft, which is incredibly weak. So if an organization at the top really likes a player other than Irving, it may have to just take him, rather than risk missing out and having what could be a wasted draft.

If the Wizards do snag the top pick, they already have last year’s No. 1 pick John Wall running the point. Reports have circulated the Turkish power forward Enes Kanter has looked phenomenal in pre-draft workouts. Kanter, who never played at Kentucky because of an NCAA eligibility ruling is now firmly in the mix as one of the top three players in this year’s draft.

While Irving is clearly rated as the top player available, Arizona forward Derrick Williams and Kanter have separated themselves as the next two on the list.

The Wizards have an 11.9 percent chance at getting the top pick. If they win the lottery, you can bet they’ll either be trying furiously to trade the pick, or Kanter will be on his way to Washington.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Could Enes Kanter Be The Top Pick In The NBA Draft?”

  2. Enes Kanter will become the best center in NBA Basketball. He is already more versatile than Dwight Howard having more moves and shots posting up around the basket, but he can go outside and really hurt you (15-22 ft.), whereas Howard can’t. Enes runs the floor and rebounds as well as Howard, and is great on defense and shot blocking. He can dunk with a running start jumping from the foul line (ah la Michael Jordan). He would be a franchise maker for the Washington Wizards.

    He was discriminated against by the NCAA; he’s a young man with character and a great team player. The only people who want be surprised by his future success are KY fans. We know and love Enes Kanter and will continue to support him in his pro career.

    By Russ Burke on May 17, 2011

  3. Russ,
    I do not agree with you that he’ll be the best center in the league and…well…he doesn’t rebound as well as Dwight Howard, that’s ridiculous. Kanter has a LONG way to go to be that good. But he’s a very good player and should have a good NBA career.

    By Phillips on May 17, 2011

  4. Has a lot of potential…but with young guys things are really a toss up, never can be too sure of what will happen with them.

    By Brett Peterson on May 21, 2013

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