NBA Draft 2011: Enes Kanter and the 5 Best Post Defenders of the Draft

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NBA Draft 2011: Enes Kanter and the 5 Best Post Defenders of the Draft

With 17 days remaining until the 2011 NBA Draft, many teams, including the Boston Celtics, the Charlotte Bobcats and the Philadelphia 76ers, are in need of a big man who can defend the paint.

Options are limited in what is one of the weakest drafts in a long while: only two prospects (Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams) are thought to be "sure things."

Enes Kanter, a 19-year-old from Turkey, is likely to be picked between No. 2 and No. 4. Kanter has long dominated international play on both sides of the ball, and he impressed NBA scouts at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit with 34 points and 13 rebounds.

Kanter isn't an athletic defender like Serge Ibaka, nor will he be able to stop shots with his length like Yao Ming. What Kanter will do (and, by all accounts, is more than willing to do) is bang bodies down low. Think Kendrick Perkins with an offensive game or a smaller Shaquille O'Neal.

Kanter might not block two shots per game at the NBA level, but he certainly won't be afraid to mix it up with the league's best.

After Kanter, the talent pool drops off significantly and many teams will want to make a safe pick in such a weak draft. A strong post defender who can contribute right away is always a safe pick.

Here's the five best available post defenders in this year's draft.

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