Enes Kanter to Boston

lovegtm

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I don't mind EK adding longer range as an option but I hope it doesn't become his ONLY option. I kind of like the idea of the C's having some kind of low post game.
Adding 3s can help make his post game useful. He’ll demand more switches if he pops, and teams will be more tempted to try and hide guys on him if he’s on the perimeter (ala what they do often with Brook Lopez).
 

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When was the last time the Celtics had a good offensive rebounder in their rotation? Kanter was second in the league in offensive rebound percentage, 16.4% only 4/10s behind Andre Drummond. Kanter was sixth in total rebound percentage, 21.1%.

Hopefully, Celtics coaching and scheme can shore up his well noted defensive deficiencies and keep him on the floor.
I don’t think offensive rebounds are a priority for bigs in Brad’s system. Horford, Amir, Bass, Jerebko, Zeller, and David Lee all put up OReb% at or near career lows in their time in Boston. Olynyk is the exception, but I suspect that has more to do with moving to the 4 full time and playing alongside Adebayo and Whiteside.

The Celtics generally prefer to have their bigs get back quickly rather than crash hard and risk giving up easy looks on the other end. Kanter’s better at it than any of the guys mentioned above, but he’s also probably the slowest of foot and the least apt to recover quickly, so it’ll be interesting to see if it’s something they try to move him away from.
 

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He has played for four teams in his NBA career. I am sure thos coaches also tried to shore up his defensive deficiencies.
Not every team emphasizes the same things. Some put more emphasis on man, where Kanter is likely always to suck. But Brad's is more about assignments. Not sure how much time was invested in coaching him up in that system. Also Kanter is at a different stage of life.

Not saying that it's going to work well, but it's not crazy talk to think that he improves there.
 

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And 2 of those teams he joined in the middle of the season, so there's not going to be a hell of a lot of practice time. I don't think he's going to suddenly be a good defender, but maybe moving from turnstile to below average by a fair amount could be achievable.
 

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He has played for four teams in his NBA career. I am sure thos coaches also tried to shore up his defensive deficiencies.
I'm not optimistic about Kanter's defense, but Stotts was able to mostly hide him through two rounds against good teams (OKC and Denver). Winning two playoff series in the West is nothing to sneeze at and not a fluke, especially with Portland, which isn't some kind of amazing juggernaut (full respect to Dame and CJ, who are great).

Kanter is sort of kind of playable as purely a drop defender, which means that against teams without dynamic guards who are threats to pull from 3 off screens, he's playable. GSW completely toasted him with off-ball action and Steph, but mostly Steph. The math of exploiting drop defense without that kind of guy is just really hard--you end up needing really elite mid-range guys, and even then, you're on the knife's edge in terms of 2*X not being over 1.00 PPP enough of the time (see Irving, Kyrie, games 2-5).

Where things get interesting is that neither of the top 2 teams in the East have anyone threatening in PnR actions in terms of shooting (maybe Tobias, if you squint). I'm hopeful that the Celtics can find a way to upgrade at center, but even if they don't, they could match up better than you'd think against those teams with Kanter on the floor.
 

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That seems like an overly harsh way of looking at it unless I'm completely missing some sarcasm.
 
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