3. Elite Rebounding
At just 22 years of age, Kristaps Porzingis is already one of the most complete big men in the NBA. He needs to bulk up and polish his skills, but he’s one of the few players in the Association who can get a nightly 20 points and defend at a high, if not elite, level.
The area in which Porzingis has consistently struggled, however, is as a rebounder—and that’s where Enes Kanter borders on being unrivaled.
Kanter finished the 2017-18 regular season ranked No. 1 in the NBA in offensive rebound percentage. He ranked No. 4 in total rebound percentage and No. 6 in defensive rebound percentage, thus displaying his ability to dominate the boards on both ends of the floor.
Considering neither Kristaps Porzingis nor Kevin Knox are known for their rebounding ability, having Kanter on the floor could prove to be vital.
Some will reference the Golden State Warriors as an example of a team that disregarded the traditional big man for a small-ball approach. Golden State won its first championship with Andrew Bogut in the middle, however, and continues to sign interior-based centers.
The reason: While they may not receive 36 minutes per game, the presence of a bruising interior player who can rebound remains a vital asset.