May 7, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) is defended by San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter (22) during the first half of game four in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
This is a super quick poll. One of the LONG posts I'm doing needs this vital piece of information. By your estimation based upon any of the data (be it stats, what you saw this year, or your gut feeling), how good can Utah Jazz bigman Enes Kanter be? On a playoff team will he one day be good enough, and legit enough, to be a starter? Will he be a career bench guy? Or will he be stuck playing limited minutes?
This season he was the 4th big out of 5 bigs: Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap Started; Derrick Favors was the #3 big in the rotation; and only Jeremy Evans played less minutes inside than Enes did. I think it's only natural and fair to the universe that Enes as the #4 guy this year. Kevin O'Connor didn't draft him at the #3 spot so he could be a career bench guy though (right?). Hypothetically how far can Enes jump up the depth charts? Can he make the jump to #3 big (in terms of talent and production)? Can he do better? Or is he destined to be where he is as a rookie moving forward?
N.B. The aspect of "time" is not in this equation -- this isn't "Can we has Enes as startings please lineups next year super good times yet;" this is down the road at his best. That may come in two years or five years. This is just an evaluation upon his career arc and potential. Dude is only 19 years old, after all.
On a playoff team, at his best, Enes Kanter will be:
The #1 or 2 Big on the team (moving into the starting lineup) (190 votes)
The #3 Big on the team (moving up from where he is now) (59 votes)
The #4 or 5 Big (Stay the same or get worse) (10 votes)
259 total votes