As the New York Knicks’ best center (at the moment) and an all-around fan favorite, Enes Kanter will be, without a doubt, starting game one. While his defensive game is nothing to boast about, he’s still one of the more dominant big men in the paint and on the boards.
Kanter is also a vocal leader who embodies many of the traits that defined past eras of Knicks basketball—eras that were actually successful.
As mentioned earlier, Kanter’s presence will help with Knox and Hezonja’s workload. It could even be the catalyst for their development, whether on or off the court. His work ethic and locker room presence is nothing to take for granted.
Say whatever you want about Kanter, but the big man has fire in his heart—and, forgive the cliche, but that’s something that can’t be taught.
Even though Kanter’s presence may only be felt for another year, as he’s playing on an expiring contract, he will still prove to be a positive force for this youth new to the game. He can prevent overextension and provide easy buckets on offense.
If Kanter’s defense improves and his three-point shot is legitimate, then the Knicks could have a long-term asset to develop at center.