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The Case for Kanter

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Three things I came across today provided a pretty strong argument for Kanter.  It has begun make me re-think our best bet with #2.

 

1.            The following scouting report on Kanter:

 

http://www.nba.com/jazz/features/draft2011_eneskanter.html

 

2.            The Tony Ronzone video on TWolves.com

http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/video/2011/06/16/draftworkoutskanter110617mov-1736007/index.html

 

3.            If you have not watched this video of his performance in that game, you really should before forming too much of an opinion.  It is pretty helpful in seeing his game.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YzbhAQGPqk&feature=player_embedded

 

A few notable items:

 

>He is 6’11” and possibly still growing.

>He put up 34 points against Sullinger and Tristan Thompson in the 2010 Nike Hoops Summit, one more than some guy named Nowitzki’s record of 33.

>He weighs 272 pounds and yet is remarkably light on his feet.

>He loves the game.  He is addicted to it like a gym rat, which how they referred to Stockton. This is the kind of thing you hear about Durant that fuels him to get better.  This is such an important asset in a high-impact player especially in the NBA.

>He is only a 5 according to Ronzone, not a 4.  Which is a good thing for our roster.

>He loves to bang.  He is not a “soft euro.”  

>He is a gifted rebounder.  Nice potential combo with that other fellow we have who is pretty good at rebounding.

> Can run the floor surprisingly well and can finish.  Important with RickRube coming.

 

I would liken him to a slightly wealthier man’s Marc Gasol, though he will take time to get up to speed. 

 

Bottom Line – I will not cry if we take Kanter as I thought I would.  I am also beginning to strongly think he may be the better fit for us than Williams, moving forward.  Williams poor shooting today and his shaky shooting form along with all of the position questions for him with the Wolves is causing the doubts to creep in.

 

Just in Case – I also am beginning to wonder if Cleveland is going to get a little goofy and take Kanter or Williams at 1 and come back with Knight at 4.

 

Your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

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