After a disappointing loss to the Toronto Raptors, who were missing Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol, it was later reported Enes Kanter met and talked to court-side attendees actor Donnie Wahlberg, Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and supermodel Jenny McCarthy. A who’s who of bad vibes. No wonder we lost. This also exemplifies the fact Kanter, despite all he’s gone through recently with the government of Turkey wanting his head on a pike is politically naive and also a giant doofus. Fitting on his on-court persona perfectly.
In all honesty, the Celtics can’t do better than Kanter. Not when they signed him in July when it was between him and Noah Vonleh. Certainly not right now. If the season went belly up the blame could squarely be pinned on Kanter as he’d be quickly ran out of town on a rail. The fact the Celtics defense remains at an elite level relying heavily on Kanter is a testament to Brad Stevens System. The four players sharing the floor with a teammate who refuses to raise his hands when defending the pick-and-roll have to pick up the slack and work doubly hard to minimize his weaknesses.
Yet, on paper Kanter is having a career season. His numbers are relatively the same when he played similar roles in New York and Portland. Only the statistics don’t seem as much like empty calories. Against Philadelphia, Kanter’s played solid defense against Joel Embiid too.
But here’s the thing, Kanter is literally the worst at the one thing NBA teams run constantly. He can’t guard the pick-and-roll and I’m sure he flat out refuses to. It’s infuriating and will undoubtedly cost us games.
What’s funny is, we can’t bench him because Robert Williams is out for a couple months with a hip injury. The only other center we have on the roster ready to go is Daniel Theis. A tremendous bit player in a similar role as Kanter, but only better at roughly everything minus offensive rebounding.
No matter his flaws. His cringeworthy posts. We’re stuck with Kanter for the time being.