2011 NBA Mock Draft: Man of Mystery Enes Kanter Goes No. 3 to Toronto Raptors
Toronto Goes International Again, Nabbing Enes Kanter With No. 3 Pick in 2011 NBA Draft
Amir Johnson had a nice season in Toronto, but he is far from the true center the Raptors desperately need to compete with the loaded Eastern Conference in the coming years.
Had Harrison Barnes declared for the NBA Draft, the addition of a scoring wing may have been too tempting to pass up.
Without a bonafide perimeter scorer available, the most logical selection would be Kanter or fellow raw talent Jonas Valanciunas.
Had Kanter being declared eligible by the NCAA to compete for Kentucky, the college basketball landscape likely would have been dominated by Big Blue last season.
After a dominant showing with the World Select Team last spring, the Turk shot up draft boards.
In a draft class light on scoring big men, Kanter is clearly a cut above the rest, despite what is regarded as "average" athletic ability.
Pro Projection: Solid NBA Starter
It's a good thing defense isn't a real priority in Toronto.
Kanter has good size and strength, but expecting him to be an adequate defensive player or great rebounder early in his NBA career is nothing more than a pipe dream.
For the moment at least, his value will come solely on the offensive end, where he should chip in immediately.
Pick Grade: B
Unlike several of the international players in the 2011 NBA Draft class, Kanter isn't laden with potential. He is likely to peak fairly early in his career.
The Raptors will be thrilled to have a true interior scorer to replace the gaping void created by Chris Bosh's departure.
Another international player would fit quite nicely in one of the most diverse cities in the world.
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