NBA Draft 2011: How the Wizards Can End Up with Enes Kanter at No. 6
Many people seem to think that the Wizards have no chance at the Turkish prospect Enes Kanter if they do not trade up from the sixth spot in the draft. If you look at the teams ahead of the Wizards you will see that many are starting to show more interest in prospects other than Kanter knowing that his ultimate desire is to play with the Washington Wizards.
Recently, the Wizards released their NBA pre-draft workout schedules for the remainder of the week, and Enes Kanter was not among the lists of names. Now does this mean that they have no interest in Kanter?
Who knows, maybe something is being held in store for a major draft day deal. Here is a very interesting quote from Kanter's agent via Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
"Listen, we like Washington. I haven't heard anything from them," said Kanter's agent, Max Ergul. "I guess they know he's not going to be there at six. So, until they do something about it, it seems like they are not going to give me a call for workout."
This news isn't a big deal, mainly because the Wizards didn't work out last year's No. 17 pick Kevin Seraphin or JaVale McGee back in 2008 when he was selected No. 18.
Here is how the draft may pan out in a scenario where Washington gets Kanter at No. 6.
1. Cleveland Selects Kyrie Irving
This isn't really a pick that is sure to happen, but the consensus is that the Cleveland Cavaliers will choose Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 overall pick. In my opinion, the Cavs would be better off selecting Derrick Williams and then later draft a point guard at four. Right now, this is a league where every team needs a point guard that can keep up with players with unbelievable quickness like Derrick Rose.
Irving is a great leader whose presence should be shown in the Cavalier locker room starting at Day 1, now the playoffs are a different story.
2. Minnesota Selects Derrick Williams
It's hard for the T-Wolves to pick a prospect here with all the trade chatter going around in the league. One of the reasons there is trade chatter is because Derrick Williams is too much like Michael Beasley. A point guard wouldn't find the need either since they just recently signed Ricky Rubio. Enes Kanter would be in a tough position if draft as well due to Minnesota already having their young star Kevin Love playing the same position as Kanter.
For now, Derrick Williams seems like the ideal prospect because he is the second-best player in this draft and will be great trade bait come draft night. Look for Minnesota to try and find a trade that will find a big man that can block shots.
3. Utah Selects Brandon Knight
It is pretty obvious that Utah will look to draft a point guard as Devin Harris just doesn't seem to be a cornerstone piece for the franchise. They definitely aren't going to look to draft Enes Kanter, with Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap and Derrick Favors.
The debate right now is whether the Jazz will go with Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker; they will most likely draft Knight because he seems to have more potential to become a top guard in this league and doesn't have the defensive questions that Kemba Walker has coming into the NBA. There have also been rumors that Utah are showing a lot of interest in Knight, so ultimately, with the least amount of questions towards his translation to the NBA, I have Utah drafting Knight.
4. Cleveland Selects Jonas Valanciunas
This is a pretty bold prediction being that the majors are saying that there is absolutely no way Cleveland passes on Kanter at this pick. Valanciunas to me, will be a better prospect than Kanter in the future due to the amount of potential he possesses. Valanciunas has made improvements every year, and a lot of parts to his game almost looks like Pau Gasol. He needs to gain weight and set better screens, but his post moves are phenomenal and has a non-stopping motor.
Another thing that has increased over time is his height, Valanciunas just keeps growing every year, so there's no telling how tall he would get. Also, Cleveland will have a little issue with J.J. Hickson playing at the power forward position like Kanter. So if Cleveland was to pick between Kanter and Valanciunas, I think they go with Valanciunas, if he can get his buyout issue straightened up.
And if you don't trust Scott Sargent, then how about Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, who claims the same thing.
5. Toronto Selects Kemba Walker
Many think that if Enes Kanter falls this far in the draft, that there is no way that Toronto will pass up on him, but many are forgetting who their first-round draft pick was last year. Ed Davis has already shown a lot of improvement this season with the Raptors and seems like a legitimate starter for the future. The Raptors also gave Amir Johnson a huge contract last year that may have been a little bit more than expected. I highly doubt that they would add another big man to just clog up the paint.
Their biggest need is the point guard position, Jose Calderon isn't a bad point guard, but he also isn't the type of guard that will lead a team to a championship any time soon. Kemba Walker is the perfect fit for the Raptors and will provide leadership for many years to come.
Mission Complete: Enes Kanter to the Washington Wizards
Enes Kanter plays like a true power forward but isn't afraid to knock down a mid-range jump shot in a defender's face, which makes him a perfect fit for the Wizards, a team he has expressed interest in playing for.
JaVale McGee really complements Enes Kanter's playing style where McGee accounts for the post defense while Kanter accounts for the post offense. There is also a chance that if this scenario goes down and the Wizards do end up with Enes Kanter, then they will have to trade away Andray Blatche. Blatche, in my opinion would make a great sixth man and could get a lot better with Kanter's playing style as well.
Right now, the Wizards are looking like they will wait out till the draft, but it is too early to assume anything. This is just a very likely scenario that could happen where Kanter slips all the way to No. 6.