Enes Kanter averages 20.6 minutes per game for the Thunder, putting him tied for 7th in the OKC hierarchy of players used. Obviously, the superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook top the list, but if someone can explain to me why Serge Ibaka, Dion Waiters, and Randy Foye are STILL averaging more time than Kanter is as we are 4/5ths of the way through the season, I will gift said person a rack of KC ribs. It makes zero sense.
While I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Kanter should be starting over the big kiwi, Steven Adams, I would question why he isn’t consistently the Thunder’s 6th man. Kanter is just barely out of 3rd on the team in points per game, averaging 12.3 behind Ibaka’s 12.7 (all while playing 12 less minutes than Serge). Kanter leads the team in offensive rebounds and slots 2nd in overall rebounds per game. Enes is also averaging a double-double in 4 of his last 6 games and has a slick spin move and Euro step to boot. So, dear, Billy Donovan, what’s the Big Turkey got to do?
I’ve compared Kanter to Ibaka the most in this article because Serge is the most glaring hole in our starting 5. Perhaps transitioning Kanter to more of a power forward role could be beneficial this offseason. Let the whispering begin.
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