Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  13 responses

Turkish Coach: Enes Kanter Not Ready for the NBA

The Utah Jazz drafted Enes Kanter this summer with the third overall pick, but that’s not what Kanter’s Turkish national team coaches and teammates would have advised them to do. From Beyond the Beat: “All the coaching staff and people around basketball think that it is too early for him to go there (to the NBA),’ said Nihat Izic, an assistant head coach of the Turkey National Team. ‘He has the chance to play in the Euro League and then after that, when you feel you are ready, then you go to the NBA. He decided to go, and I’m not sure who gave him that advice. I don’t want to go there.’ Trusting Izic’s opinion on Kanter comes easily. He’s known Kanter since he was a kid growing up in Turkey and hand picked him to be groomed for the national team. It’s part of Izic’s role – to plant and cultivate talented basketball players in Turkey – since being assigned by the Turkish Commission for Youth Basketball to develop such a program in 1994.”

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  • Shem

    How did the Jazz and Cavs let Jonas Valanciunas slip to the Raptors?? 5-6 years from now I could easily see him being the best player in this draft.

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  • dunkbar

    from what i saw of kanter playing against germany last weekend, i am pretty sure he is ready.

  • Charles

    I’m sure the NBA knows what Kanter is like….

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    F that. Kanter’s plenty ready.

  • T-Money

    You’re ready to go to the L when teams are ready to draft you.

  • add

    the coach just wants kanter to come back to turkey

  • Anthony

    Jonas Valanciunas will be better.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Meh. We’ll see how he does when we see him play in the league.

  • JL

    he just wants him to stay so he can play for his team more. bitter.


    Raptors all day number 5 pick boii

  • Marcel

    The next darko milicic

  • Atsushi

    Anybody who see him play against germany knows he is ready.