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Jerry Tipton Wants To Know How You Evaluate Enes Kanter

There was a call Thursday for the media to ask questions of ESPN’s Chad Ford, Jay Bilas and Fran Fraschilla about the 2011 draft prospects.  SLAM Magazine put together a recap of what was, no doubt, a thrilling ride from beginning to end, and had a little portion that was as amusing as it was interesting.

Lexington’s baddest beat writer was on hand for the event and asked the trio of basketball minds a question that pretty much anyone with at least dial-up internet already knew the answer to.  What are teams using to make their assessments of Enes Kanter?  Voodoo dolls?  Ouija boards from the NCAA’s banned list?  Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots with the faces of Enes and Jonas Valancius pasted on them?  THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING!

I mean, surely it wasn’t the numerous games he played overseas, the Hoops Summit, the UK Combine, the NBA Draft Combine and the multiple private workouts, right?  That would make too much sense and be, you know, the best way to project and judge him. 

Oh, nevermind.  That’s exactly what they’re using.  Take it away, SLAM.


Question: Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald wanted to know what teams rely on to make their judgements on Kanter.

Answer: Fraschilla’s thought was that Kanter hasn’t come from nowhere. He began playing in Euroleague when he was 16 years old; scouts identified him from a young age and have tracked him. Kanter also got to work out with Kentucky’s assistant coaches, including former NBA players Kenny Payne and Rod Strickland.

Ford offered the other side of the equation. While emphasizing Kanter’s intelligence and willingness to improve, he pointed out the obvious concern: most information on how Kanter has played in games comes from an under-18 tournament he played in when he was 17, and then one game at the Nike Hoop Summit when he was 18. (Kanter was deemed ineligible to play at the University of Kentucky because the NCAA ruled he received benefits above his necessary expenses from when he played on a Turkish club team.) “You wonder with a player that age, who has missed that much gametime development, what it does to a player,” Ford said.

Bilas stated that more players than usual in the lottery have a lack of game experience. So, if a team opts to pass on Kanter, then who’s the next option, Bilas said.

Well that was underwhelming.  But Jerry Tipton didn’t get to where he is by just accepting things and moving on and neither should you.  So do The Good Doctor a favor.  Let him know in the comments section what teams are secretly using to judge Enes Kanter as a prospect.  After all, boring facts don’t sell stories.  Jerry Tipton sells stories.

Throw the guy a bone below.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

33 Comments for Jerry Tipton Wants To Know How You Evaluate Enes Kanter

  1. Meeks Shall Inherit The Earth
    4:00 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    Only if you read the symbols in the ice cream John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins pooped will you find the answer.

  2. Coyote Hunter
    4:01 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    How many “Free Enes” t-shirts sold

  3. Big Blue Nation
    4:02 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    I say we use the “Pelosi Method”, just draft him and then see what you get… No need to REALLY know what Enes is all about.

  4. Blue Virus
    4:02 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    Please stop legitimizing (is that a word?) that douche bag. Please stop liking his stories, mentioning his name, etc.


  5. owesco
    4:04 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    I wish Enes would slap the good dr. in the back of the head with his little Enes!!!!!

  6. Bob Loblaw
    4:07 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    Hasn’t UK pulled Tubton’s press credentials yet?

  7. Buckets
    4:10 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton should be tarred, feathered and flogged. How can someone’s life dream be to be the biggest douche in Kentucky? I seriously don’t know why UK doesn’t just take his press cred away.

  8. Manchester
    4:11 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink


  9. Hootie
    4:13 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    I have it on good authority that scouts measured Enes’ wrists and ankles and determined that he had the most astounding wrist-to-ankle measurement ratio they had ever seen. Also, during the interview portion of the evaluation, Enes indicated he had never read a single thing published under the byline of “Jerry Tipton”, which pushed his IQ score through the roof. One scout was so impressed by this that he was seen weping outside the interview room, mumbling to himself “Hell, I don’t want to just draft him, I want to nominate hime for King of the World!”

  10. Joe
    4:15 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve heard from a very reliable source that Cleveland is lining up bowls of chicken feed representing each player and which ever bowl the chicken eats from first will be there pick.

  11. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    4:19 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    Obviously, teams are measuring Kanter’s enes to see how he stacks up against the rest of the league.

  12. Jorts the BWK
    4:27 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    By studying tapes of Enes’ first pitch and determining that it was 2X as accurate as the one thrown by John Wall, we can determine his rookie year statistics with amazing precision. We can expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 32 points per game, 9 rebounds/game and an astounding (especially for a 6’11 F/C) 17 assists/game. It’s Science. Free Enes.

  13. Charlie Strong
    4:32 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

  14. Hugo Stiglets
    4:33 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    Teams are consulting the council of flying unicorns! Duh!

  15. Bob Dole
    4:36 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    I think they should do some very accurate measurements of his length and girth, how soft or firm he is (5% body fat!), how quickly he can get up and down, that sort of stuff. Then they should ask him if he’s stiff in the mornings, see if he has any arthritis or anything. When they work him out, they should see if it takes him a long time to get going, or if he just swells up and starts to penetrate the lane right off the bat. I also think they should see how well he performs after a few whiskey drinks. But they should NEVER work him out for more than four hours without consulting a physician. Serious complications could occur. In the end, it’s the NCAA’s fault that the NBA teams have had to suffer from this level of ED (Enes Depravation). Thanks a lot, Emmert.

  16. Tipton shall now be called
    4:39 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    The Riddler

  17. Manchester
    4:39 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    # 15, are you really SNH in disguise.

  18. SexnNursinHomes
    4:40 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    17- negative.

  19. JMan
    4:44 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    It’s simple. They measured his Enes.

  20. Goose Givens' 41 points
    4:55 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    shoe size

  21. Poling Willie
    4:57 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    The evaluate the amount of protein in his fecal matter. The more in there, the more he wastes

  22. Worse caricature of former self?
    4:59 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    Jerry Tipton or KSR?

  23. Carl
    5:26 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    I would not take anything seriously coming off the internet on workout evaluations. I think alot of the teams with the later draft positions do this in hopes of teams passing on guys they want to draft.

    I think it’s another example of Enes envy.

  24. Greg Smith
    5:53 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    rally to “Ignore Tipton” would gather a crowd???

  25. Greg Smith
    6:07 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    22) Tipton hands down!!!

  26. Zach Morris
    6:16 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    24. Rallying to ignore someone, you’re already a step ahead! Maybe afterwards we could riot to reduce crime in Lexington or chain smoke cigarettes for cancer awareness.

  27. Able Archer
    6:19 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    He lit up Sullinger in the Nike Hoops Summit. Sullinger was the second best center on the floor and he would have been a Top 5 pick if he left OSU this past year.

  28. WillCorbett
    6:27 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    Does the Herald Leader realize how much money Tipton is costing them? I don’t buy the paper because of him.

  29. Holden McGroin
    9:36 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    Tipturd, kiss my everlovin dirty white ass. But let me know when you’re ready- i wanna have a sackful of white caste’s squarebuns with cheese for lunch first.

  30. Holden McGroin
    9:37 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    ^ caste =castle

  31. Dicken Oscar
    9:49 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    I have inside information that the Cavs are impressed that Enes is a “Rasslin” fan and are planning to use some some of his expertise in this area the next tome the King of South Beach comes to town.

  32. Rhymes With Thespian
    10:33 pm June 20, 2011 Permalink

    I guess you haven’t heard. The word from a reliable local reporter is that Kanter was seen driving away from Rupp Arena in a brand new truck.

    Do you know how hard it is to get a booster to buy you a truck when you don’t even play? Kanter is that good!

  33. Lou eaton
    10:43 am June 21, 2011 Permalink

    What truly amazes me is that the Lexington Herald obviously doesn’t give a damn that Tipton regularly trashes UK. This at a time when newspapers are dying…so does this mean that the Herald actually feels the same way about the UK program???? Apparently they do so please will everyon simply stop buying this worthless paper!!???