2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Where's the Best Landing Spot for Turkey's Enes Kanter?
(The 2011 NBA Draft Order was decided tonight when the friendly ping pong balls dropped for the worst 14 teams in the league in the annual NBA Draft Lottery.The Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the worst record in the league last season and had the best chance of getting the first pick, were denied. Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the No. 1 pick. Stay with Bleacher Report as we track the latest news, reaction and speculation for the NBA Draft, which will be held next month.)
Enes Kanter from Turkey is the best center prospect in the 2011 NBA Draft class. He plays well at both ends of the floor and has the necessary size and strength to play big minutes from day one.
Kanter is sure to go in the top five picks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors are two teams who badly need a dominant center.
One of the reasons the Cavaliers could not win an NBA championship with LeBron James is because they lacked a dominant big man.
JJ Hickson is not able to hold down the paint alone in Cleveland, and selecting Kanter would upgrade Cleveland’s defense.
The Raptors need a bit of everything, and their frontcourt is very weak. Last year they selected Ed Davis from North Carolina, who will be a solid NBA power forward in the future.
But he is not a physically imposing player, and Kanter will transform the Toronto frontline into a more balanced unit.
The Raptors need a scorer more than anything, and although Kanter is not an amazing scorer, his offensive game has very good upside.
-- Nicholas Goss
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