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Enes Kanter

How does Enes Kanter look? Skilled but needs experience.


Normally by this point in the summer we would have seen guys like No. 3 overall pick Enes Kanter in Summer League, and we would have overanalyzed his game and how he could do against rookies and guys who populate the end of an NBA bench.

But not this year. Thank you very much lockout.

Now Kanter is playing for his native Turkey as it prepares for EuroBasket, the 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament of Europe. That means you can stream his games, watch and start overanalyzing now. If you’re a real hard-core hoops junkie. Fortunately, for that we have the amazing Sebastian Pruiti and NBAplaybook.com.

On offense, Kanter showed what we had heard about — quick feet and a soft touch when he gets the ball on the block. He seemed able to get good position and knows what to do with it. But if you can do those things in the NBA, you will see a double team and that is where Kanter ran into some issues.

Unlike some of the best post players in the NBA, who anticipate doubles and uses that against the defense by kicking it out, Kanter always seems to have scoring on his mind when he makes the catch on the block. That’s a good thing when a double doesn’t come, but when it does, that can lead to problems.

Those issues echo over to defense — one-on-one in the post Kanter showed physicality and good defensive play, but when it came to help defense he struggled.

Kanter also struggled setting screens.

What’s the pattern? Kanter struggles at the team aspects of the game, which shouldn’t be a shock considering the NCAA made him sit out last year in Kentucky and he didn’t play a ton the year before that. Help defense, recognizing the double, those are things that come with experience. This is a guy without a lot of game experience, so we should expect him to be behind on that curve.

How quickly he picks all that up will determine how quickly his minutes will increase with the Jazz.

Patty Mills has not signed anywhere… but he will


Yesterday we told you about reports out of Turkey that Trail Blazers back-up point guard Patty Mills was about to sign there to play during the lockout.

Mills wants you to know that is not the case. Not yet anyway.

Mills went on 750 The Game in Portland and kind of shot down the rumor (transcribed by Blazers Edge).

“I just wanted to make it clear, there were some rumors going I just wanted to say that isn’t true,” Mills said. “I haven’t signed anywhere as yet. I have been in talks with teams in Europe and here in Australia, but not yet have I come to any agreement. Still in the process of making that decision and hopefully I’ll make a decision here in the next few weeks…

“For me, it’s an important period during this lockout. … It’s an opportunity to play a lot more and stay in the best physical condition. … What I’m looking for is to play somewhere that will allow me to have an out clause in my contract.”

So, he is not going to Turkey. Yet. But he may go there. Or somewhere else. Just as long as we’re all clear.

Farmar, Ilyasova, Wright three latest to sign in Europe

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David Stern is so, so concerned about how players signing overseas might impact the players union. He is such an empathetic guy. Don’t think there’s anything self-centered about his comments at all. Nope. He’s not saying that hoping to divide the union. It’s only out of genuine, heart-felt concern.

But outside of D-Will, only one real star has signed overseas. The rest have been rank and file guys, and three more happened to ink deals today (four if you want to count Patty Mills.

Jordan Farmar made a last minute change and will sign with Maccabi Tel Aviv to play during the lockout. Just 24 hours ago we told you how Farmar was negotiating with Maccabi Haifa, but it’s hard to turn down Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Yankees of the Israeli league, a team constantly competing for the EuroLeague title. Haifa finished ninth in the 10-team league last year. He’ll be a hit as the American star and a Jew playing in Israel. He also has an opt-out clause to return once the lockout ends.

Ersan Ilyasova has reportedly agreed to terms with the Turkish team Anadolu Efes. The Bucks big man will join Sasha Vujacic and Patty Mills on what should stack up to be a pretty good squad in Turkey.

Antoine Wright is close to a deal with Estudiantes in Spain. Hopefully the work ethic that kept him on the bench in Sacramento will find him in Spain.

Players union VP Dooling near deal with Turkish team

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Right now, the NBA players’ union board is mostly made up of guys who are the rank and file of the league — Chris Paul is the only All-Star player in the group.

Those rank and file guys — the guys not making $12 million a year or more — are the ones who might most benefit from going to Europe for a season if the lockout drags on.

Which brings us to Milwaukee Bucks guard Keyon Dooling. He is the first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association and he is close to inking a deal to play in Turkey next season, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

Bucks guard Keyon Dooling is nearing agreement on a contract with Efes Istanbul, the Turkish team which recently signed New Jersey Nets guard Sasha Vujacic….

(Dooling’s agent Kenge) Stevenson said Dooling would expect to play in Turkey next season even if the lockout ends and any opt-out clause would be for legal purposes. The veteran has one year and $2 million remaining on his contract with the Bucks, but Stevenson indicated he thought an agreement could be reached to allow Dooling to play in Europe in the event the lockout was settled.

Dooling, who averaged just 11 minutes a game last season, is going to see a lot less of the court next season (if not get traded) after the Bucks acquired Beno Udrih and Shaun Livingston on draft night. The Bucks very well might be open to letting Dooling stay in Europe for the rest of the season.

Dooling will turn 31 next season and has made good money over his NBA career ($26 million total) but his days of earning playing basketball are nearing an end. A season in Europe is money coming in, something he can’t be sure of right now in the NBA because few are optimistic there will be a full NBA season.

Ersan Ilyasova reportedly agrees to play in Turkey, may skip out on the Bucks

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The possibility of Deron Williams and the league’s top tier crossing the Atlantic to play their professional ball has all but consumed the day-to-day NBA chatter, but even the most solid bits of news on the subject come with a lack of permanence. Williams isn’t going to play in Turkey for the rest of his career; he’s playing ball, making some money, and applying pressure on the NBA’s owners, but his aspirations are to come back to the good ol’ US of A and pick up where he left off as soon as the lockout is resolved. There’s no real threat to the NBA product we’ve come to know and love because the domestic and foreign basketball products are functionally non-competitive.

However, a select group of NBAers, most of which are European or at the very least have experience playing professionally overseas, may potentially play the lockout waiting game by different rules. Such is the case with Milwaukee’s Ersan Ilyasova, who reportedly has agreed to a three-year deal with Fenerbahce Ulker that could keep him in his native Turkey without a contractual out to return to the NBA anytime soon (link via BrewHoop).

The reports detailing Ilyasova’s deal are still a bit shaky at this point, and as they’re confirmed and clarified we should have a better idea of his long-term intentions. His potential departure wouldn’t leave the Bucks in a particularly bad spot from a positional standpoint (Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Drew Gooden, Jon Brockman, and Larry Sanders are all capable of filling minutes at power forward), but Ilyasova is nonetheless a young, solid rotation player. It does the Bucks no good to lose him outright, and though his production can largely be replaced, this would still be an unfortunate development for a franchise that can’t afford all that many bad breaks.

The Bucks aren’t a team with a ton of luxuries; they’re coming off of a terribly disappointing season, and though a healthy Andrew Bogut would do Milwaukee a lot of good, the team is still in a bit of a tough spot. Their pre-draft trade for Stephen Jackson, Beno Udrih, and Shaun Livingston helped to brighten the Bucks’ financial outlook, but they’re still a team without many clear avenues for immediate improvement or spare assets. They don’t need Ilyasova per se, but it sure couldn’t hurt to have him around, either as a player or a trade chip.