Posted by: Jazzaholic on December 8th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Enes Kanter, AKA the Big Turkey, is a handful under the basket!
It reminds me of Jack Nickolson in A Few Good Men
“You can’t handle the truth!!!”
When he gets the ball low in the post, I frequently yell out, from high up in the nose bleed section, “You can’t handle the Kanter!”
Each time Enes gets the ball, which is usually deep in the post, he just keeps faking, pivoting, rotating and stepping through until he is fouled or gets the bucket.
Just watch, unless they double or triple team Enes, one man can’t stop him. Remember how the HATED Lakers refused to double Enes last year, letting Bynum get his butt handed to him time and time again in the Jazz win?
Watching him finally get some minutes was great. The Raptors, unlike the HATED Lakes, figured out quickly, to double or triple team Enes. Did anyone happen to notice all the open 3 pointers, because of all the extra attention Enes was getting? The Raptors were devoting a couple of players to try to keep him off the boards, which left more space for his teammates to get rebounds. He’s starting to pass out of double teams for wide open 3 pointers.
When the Jazz drafted Enes at #3, there was a lot of complaining that 6′ 11″ Jonas Valanciunas, taken at #5, should have been the Jazz’ choice. I had my doubts too. I thought he’d be a bull on the boards and not much else. After watching his first few limited minutes last year, I was convinced he was more than just a big body. He had some skills. After watching him go head to head with Valanciunas, there’s no question who is the better player.
I guess that’s why Kevin gets the big bucks, and a court side seat, while the rest of us have to pay to watch the game from afar.
This year…WOW! We have all seen flashes of something special. Under the coach’s and BigAl’s tutelage, he has developed some great footwork and moves under the basket. This should only get better. He’s only been playing since he was 15 years old. And, he’s only 20 now.
Derrick gets most of the coverage, because of his physical gifts, but Enes is fast showing us, that the Jazz have 2 of the best big men coming into the game.
Lastly, I love watching J D, AKA the Junkyard Dog, DeMarre Carroll, play. Poor Jose Calderon looked like he was ready to cry, after JDs harassment. He just causes havoc all over the court with his hustle. No plays are run for him. He gets rebounds, steals and causes turnovers. Then he knocks down the open shot. He reminds me of a larger, quicker Wesley Matthews. Thanks Denver for cutting him loose and Kevin for picking him up.
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