Danny Ainge thinks Enes Kanter can ‘progress as a perimeter shooter’
Introducing the Turkish big man to the Celtics nation via a press release, Ainge lauded Kanter’s ability to rebound and score in the paint. The veteran executive also said that he believes Enes can improve one more aspect of his game.
“Enes demands a lot of attention on the glass at both ends. His ability to get easy baskets in the paint is a problem for opponents. I believe he has a chance to progress as a perimeter shooter.”
Kanter split last season playing for the New York Knicks and the Portland Trail Blazers, and he put up 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in 67 regular season games. There is no doubt that he’s one of the best scoring bigs from inside the paint, but shooting jumpers from beyond 10-feet from the rim isn’t actually his strength. It is possible that the Celtics will work on him to make him a stretch five.
Should they succeed in doing so, Kanter will be a more potent offensive player. If he can develop a consistent and reliable jimper, he’ll be a much bigger problem for the opposing teams.
Kanter has always been one of the most underrated centers in the league, and his playoff run with the Blazers is a testament of how good he can be when given the right amount of opportunity. The Celtics are willing to give him just that. Now, it’s up to him to capitalize.