Enes Kanter has a bad habit of getting the short end of the stick. First it was the NCAA’s stupid rules, then it was playing in Salt Lake City.
A trade deadline move by the Oklahoma City Thunder has put a new pep in his step, averaging 18.3 points, 11 points and 1.1 assists, all career highs.
The Oklahoman chronicled Kanter’s story from the beginning, providing interesting insight to the incident that made him ineligible at Kentucky and what he’s had to do to overcome the obstacle.
These days, Kanter looks like the happiest guy in Oklahoma City. Even as his injury-plagued team finishes up a disappointing season, Kanter can’t stop smiling.
He towel-waves from the bench after Mitch McGary jumpers in mop-up time. He mauls Anthony Morrow in celebration after a three against the hapless Kings. He searches out Russell Westbrook high-fives like a kid chasing Halloween candy. Kanter scores a lot and smiles more.
“There was a resurrection,” Kanter’s good friend MevlÃ¼t Hilmi Ã‡inar says of his arrival in OKC. “He came back to life.”
You know who else came back to life? The Undertaker.