Because Kanter was ruled ineligible to play NCAA, I don't think anyone in
the NBA was hurt more by the lockout than he was. He would have had a better
year last year had he been in Summer League and had a full campI
don't think we'll see huge improvement from Kanter this year,(but we
may get that from Burks) but I do think he will steadily get better. Next year
he will be a starter and by year 4 he could be a top 10 center.
I think he's a gem. Anybody watching closely last season could see that he
(by the middle of the shortened season) had cut down the bonehead mistakes by
about half. In the second part of the season, he was reliable and showed flashes
of brilliance. I'm looking for Kanter to become a guy who doesn't make
mistakes and uses his teammates better this year. As has been mentioned--he is a
beast. More beastliness should be expected this season. He and Favors will
become a force to be reckoned with. Book it.
I hope that Kanter will turn out to be good, but I have my doubts. He is 20 and he just barely learned not to bring the ball down when he grabs
rebounds?He is only scoring 10 pts per game at the summer league?
re:RationaleI only have 200 words here and the list of unmotivated
big men is even longer than that in recent years. Of course there are
exceptions and there always is but a ton of big men don't put forth the
effort to take advantage of their abilities.If you have physical
gifts like Kanter does AND you work hard he should have a nice career.Self-fulfilling prophecy only goes so far. Conversely there are plenty of
guys who work hard and made some progress but ultimately were limited by their
talent and ability.It goes both ways.
"Big guys usually aren't self-starters and he is. That's why
he'll have a good career."Scottie, Scottie, Scottie,
Scottie, Scottie.It's called prejudice, the Pygmalion Effect, a
self-fullfilling prophecy. People live up to your expectations, or are limited
by them because you limit their opportunities, or don't invest as much in
them.Do the names Malone, Harpring, Bird, McHale, Jabbar, Russell,
Hakeem, Barkley, mean anything to you?
I'm a big Kanter fan and think he will eventually be very good but he does
have alot of work to do to learn how to use his talents. The good thing about
that is like the coach said he is a hard worker. He had a better game today in
the summer league and would have probably had better stats if he could touch the
ball more often. Burks had 31 points but he doesn't know how to pass, all
he knows how to do is drive, and force shots, hoping for a foul. Today he scored
well but I wasn't impressed with the rest of his game. All Burks thinks he
needs to do is score and that isn't the case he needs to show he can pass
and be a team player and make his teamsmates better, I hope he learns that
sooner rather than later.
When Kanter was drafted, he told a reporter he thought that his best position
might be power forward. I think that he was right, but it's good to know
that he is a self-starter. Intrinsically motivated individuals never stop
learning, and, unlike many guys his size, he has a soft touch and can make free
throws. He is also a beast. Whichever position he ends up playing the most at, I
think he and Favors are going to be a dynamic duo. In an interview during
halftime of today's game, KOC said that Enes really just has one good move
so far in the post. KOC reminded us all that Kanter is working hard, but we have
to all be patient.