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Three Teams that would be the best fit for New York Knick Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter has been the topic of conversation within the past couple of days since announcing that he wouldn’t be attending the UK trip with the New York Knicks. The Knicks Center has also been frustrated with the team due to his role and also where the team is headed, which eventually led to talks about other teams in the NBA showing interest in trading for the big man. The frustration started about less than a month ago when the Knicks Head Coach David Fizdale made a change to the rotation as he put Enes Kanter on the bench and started second year player Luke Kornet. 

“It’s very embarrassing. I understand we want our young guys to get better. But it’s very painful to watch it,” -Enes Kanter

 Since these trade talks have been happening, it was never confirmed on which teams were interested in trading for Kanter. I’ve listed three teams below and scenarios that I personally believe would fit well for Enes Kanter. I will only include Enes Kanter from the Knicks and no draft picks to be traded in these scenarios because Kanter is the only player as of now on the Knicks that they would trade. Not going to big in depth on the draft picks.

First Trade (NYK & LAC): LAC receive C Enes Kanter. NYK receive C Marcin Gortat, G Patrick Beverly.

The Clippers would receive Enes Kanter who is an outstanding rebounder, which is a major piece that the Clippers need on their team. Right now for the Clippers, their current leader in rebounds is Tobias Harris, averaging 8.0 rpg. Kanter has averaged 10+ rebounds within the last two seasons and would be an improvement to the team. Also, Kanter is a promising scorer at the center position, averaging 14.9 ppg within the last two seasons with the Knicks which is much needed for the Clippers young lineup. The Clippers are currently a playoff team that can confidently be a playoff team within the next couple of seasons. So with Kanter in their lineup, they can improve their backcourt by pairing Kanter with current Clipper Montrezl Harrell.

As for the Knicks, they would receive Marcin Gortat and Patrick Beverly who are veterans in the NBA. Adding a new Center to the Knicks in Marcin Gortat would be a major change in their rotation and most likely have Coach Fizdale give more minutes to the young centers in Luke Kornet and Mitchell Robinson. Giving Robinson more minutes might not sound like a good idea to most Knicks fans as of now, due to his injuries and development, but he would be better defensive presence in the paint then Kanter was. The Knicks will also be adding another guard to the team in Pat Beverly who can help the young guards on the team. Beverly has a strong work ethic that can help the young guys with their game.

Second Trade (NYK & CHA): CHA receive C Enes Kanter. NYK receive F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and F/C Frank Kaminsky.

At this point into the NBA season, the Charlotte Hornets are hoping to maintain a spot in the NBA playoffs as they are currently looking to stay as one of the top 8 seeds in the eastern conference. With Kemba Walker having the best season of his career, averaging a career high in points, he could really use some help with a new center added to their team. Within the recent years, the Hornets have not had a solid player at the center position. They’ve relied on players such as Bismack Biyambo, Dwight Howard, and Cody Zeller within the years. Cody Zeller was their the 4thpick in the 2013 and has averaged a total of 8.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, & 0.7 bpg during his six seasons as a Charlotte Hornet. Zeller is also currently out for 4-6 weeks of the regular season due to having surgery on his right hand. Kanter would be a great fit for the Hornets at the center position until Zeller is ready to get back onto the court.

The Knicks would receive Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Frank Kaminsky. Kidd-Gilchrist wasn’t the promising player that the Hornets were expecting after drafting him at the number two spot in the 2012 NBA Draft. Since his arrival in the NBA, MKG is averaging 9.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg in his career. Sending Kidd-Gilchrist to New York can give him more of an opportunity to place since only playing 19 minutes per game right now with Charlotte. Kaminsky is a stretch forward who can also play the center position. With his ability to shoot the three point line, Kaminsky can help out the Knicks current offense with the loss of Kanter and Porzingis. Kaminsky is also a RFA this coming offseason as well. Whether he works out or not, the Knicks can find a way to match offers with other teams who are interested in him.

Third Trade (NYK & SAC): SAC receive C Enes Kanter. NYK would receive Zach Randolph.

This was trade that both teams had discussed on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. It was first tweeted out by NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.

This trade would be beneficial for both teams in this trade. For Sacramento, they can add a big man who they can promise to consistently put up 10+ points and rebounds in every game he plays. Their current starting center Willie Cauley-Stein has been improving since his rookie year but isn’t that consistent with double-doubles like Kanter is. To make room on the starting lineup, the Kings can slide Cauley-Stein down to the power forward position, start Kanter at the center position,  and have Nemanja Bjelica come off the bench. With the addition of Enes Kanter, the Kings can improve their offensive rebounding stat line.

Z-Bo would return to the New York since being traded by the Knicks in 2008. As a 37 year old last season, Randolph averaged a total of 14.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 2.2 apg while only playing 25 minutes each game. Even though he didn’t finish the season and hasn’t played at all yet in this current season, he would be a great leader on the young team. The 2-time all-star has yet to average under 10 points per game since his 2ndseason in the league. Even getting older in age, it seems like he has not yet lost his touch in the game of basketball. 

In my opinion, Enes Kanter belongs on a playoff team that has a bright future ahead of them. Clearly the Knicks aren’t that team in his mind. This trade may happen before the trade deadline or it may happen during the offseason. So as of now, we just have to wait and see. 

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FREE NBA Picks; January 22, 2018

Rockets -11.0 vs. Miami

The Houston Rockets are the best team in the NBA right now, proving their worth against the young GSW team. Miami is a good team, but the Rockets should have the advantage for most of the game, if not an early blowout. Trust the Rockets at home

Hornets -10.5

Hornets at home with Kemba Walker. Against the Kings. The Kings have been blown out by 15+ in 3 out of the last 5. You do the math. Kemba may not mentally show up due to these on-going trade rumors. The Kings have been so bad as of late it’s hard to trust for me

Sixers -3.5

In this situation, I don’t believe the Grizzlies will let the Sixers run the game. But in the end, I think the 76ers will end up pulling out the cover, ending on additional free throws in the closing minutes.

The 76ers are killing it with Embiid and Simmons. Dario Saric and J.J. Redick providing depth for the already young and talented Sixers team.

NHL: Ten Thoughts Entering the 2017-18 season

1. Can the kids finally take over?

While Connor McDavid did in fact lead the NHL in scoring by a considerable margin last season, Jack Eichel finished nearly point-per-game, Auston Matthews potted 40 goals, and Laine buried 36 of his own, it was still Sid-the-not-so-much-a-kid Crosby hoisting the Stanley Cup in June after yet another heroic playoff performance.NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers It was also 31 year-old Alex Ovechkin along with 29 year-old Nick Backstrom leading the Capitals to their second straight President’s Trophy. Will this be the year the kids finally take the reigns from the ever-slowly aging superstars?

2. Will the Caps’ regular season dominance continue?

After two consecutive President’s Trophy victories, and yet another second-round playoff exit, the Washington Capitals were gutted via salary-cap restraints. After losing half of their starting six D-men, most notably Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner, as well as Justin Williams and Marcus Johansson who combined for 48 goals last season, the Capitals will have to go back to relying on Ovechkin for most of their goal-scoring. It remains to be seen if the 32 year-old is still up to the task.

3. Is Vegas capable of being a winning team?

Expansion teams are always fun, but I have a feeling the Vegas Golden Knights will have a horrid season all around, and will be very much in the running for Rasmus Dahlin next June.

4. Which team can be the biggest surprise this season?

Keep an eye on the Carolina Hurricanes. Now boasting one of the deepest, young defensive corps in the NHL, as well as some of the younger rising stars in the game up-front, much of the team’s success will rely heavily on goaltender Scott Darling. Darling has never had a starting role before, but had great success as a backup with the Chicago Blackhawks, as well as a Stanley Cup to his name. If he plays well, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Carolina in the postseason.Screenshot 2017-10-03 at 12.05.11 PM

5. Can Steven Stamkos return to the player he was before his injuries?

The Tampa Bay Lightning had a tough 2016-’17. Before yet another injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the year, Steven Stamkos was putting up over a point per game. If he can stay healthy this season, combined with Kucherov’s newfound elite scoring abilities, expect the two to push the Lightning back into playoff territory.

6. Winnipeg Jets

The most talented roster to keep putting together losing seasons, the Winnipeg Jets are just not good for some reason. The goaltending situation has always been bad, sure. But with a roster this talented, there should be no excuse as to why this team can’t pull for a playoff appearance. After being blown out by Toronto on Wednesday night, it will be seen if this is another disappointing year for the Jets.

7. Penalties

The amount of slashing and hooking calls in the preseason was getting ridiculous, so much so that the league had to step in and tell the referees to cut down on the penalties. Still, teams are getting many more powerplay opportunities this season, and it will be interesting to see how the players acclimate to a game without hacks and whacks on the hands.

8. Jaromir Jagr

The ageless wonder, Jaromir Jagr is back for another NHL season. This time with the Calgary Flames, a team whose downfall has been between the pipes for as long as our memories can serve.XXX C12G1HSIDE12   6P3 X 10 LINES S HKN This year, it is former all-star Mike Smith in net for the Flames, who hope he can return to the all-star netminder of the past. Jagr will help to serve as a leader to the kids in Calgary, as well as chip in some production of his own. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Jags put up 50 points this season.

9. Will the Coyotes finally take the next step in their long rebuild?

Yes, Arizona has finally added some veteran presence to their young team, and may not be half bad this year. Derek Stepan fills a long vacant no. 1 center role, and Antti Raanta is a fresh face between the pipes. Expect young kids like Clayton Keller and Dylan Strome to make the next step in the NHL as well.

10. Hischier and Patrick

Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, the numbers one and two 2017 draft picks respectfully, will be expected by their teams to step in andnico make an impact on their rosters immediately. While neither are on a par with McDavid or Matthews, both should have respectable seasons with the Devils and Flyers.

NHL: Five Players Primed for Bounce-Back Seasons

Nothing is ever for certain going into the NHL season. The best players are always met with certain expectations and are paid the way they are to meet them. But at the same time, there are never-ending circumstances and reasonings for a player to have a “down” year. These are players who were considered to have had “down” years in 2016-17 and are expected to bounce back with better stat-lines in 2017-’18.

  • Corey Perry (ANA)

    • 2016-’17 stat line: 19-34-53 pts. in 82 GP
    • The 2016-’17 season was full of bad breaks for the Ducks’ winger who has 717 points in 886 career NHL games. His 19 goals and 8.8% shooting percentage were the lowest totals of his career since the 2006-’07 season.Perry Anaheim knows that their big stars in Getzlaf and Perry are no longer kids, and the two should approach this upcoming season with a sense of urgency, knowing their window is closing. A shooting percentage that low is nearly impossible to sustain for a player of Perry’s caliber, and after three OT playoff-winning goals in last year’s playoffs, expect Perry’s point and goal totals to rise in ‘17-’18.
    • 2017-’18 stat line prediction: 30-35-65 pts.
  • Matt Duchene (COL)

    • 2016-’17 stat line: 18-23-41 pts. in 77 GP
    • The entire Colorado Avalanche team sort of imploded into itself last season, and center Matt Duchene felt the effects of one of the worst regular seasons byduchene a team in history. After the second-lowest goal total, lowest point total, and lowest +/- of his career, Duchene will be looking to perform better in every aspect of the game this season. The 26-year-old has made it known to the public that he no longer wants to be part of Avs roster this season. Expect the team’s no. 1B center to boost his play and point totals this season, in order to garner interest from teams lacking at the center position.
    • 2017-’18 stat line prediction: 25-30-55 pts.
  • Anze Kopitar (LAK)

    • 2016-’17 stat line: 12-40-52 pts. in 76 GP
    • Prior to the start of the ‘16-’17 season, Kopitar signed a monstrous 8-year, $80 million contract, which put him in the top five highest-paid players in the NHL. How did the now-30 year old no. 1 center respond? With the lowest goal and point totals of his career.Fantasy Hockey Keeper Suggestions & Tips! Like Corey Perry, Kopitar shot at the lowest percentage of his career: a lousy 8%. A simply unattainable number for a player like Kopitar, who has proven a scoring touch in his 10 NHL seasons. Expect the Kings’ captain to step up in 2017-’18.
    • 2017-’18 stat line prediction: 25-40-65 pts.
  • Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

    • 2016-’17 stat line: 2.74 GAA, .910 Sv. %, 2 SO in 57 GP
    • By far the most important player in the New York Rangers franchise since his debut in the 2005-’06 season, “Hank” had the worst NHL season of his career last year. Posting career lows in Goals-Against-Average and Save % in ‘16-’17, it is arguable that Lundqvist also played behind the worst defensive core to have ever been suited up in front of him.NHL: MAR 03 Rangers at Penguins After letting Antti Raanta (ARZ) start a good amount of games so he could work with goaltending guru Benoit Allaire, Lundqvist performed exceptionally well in the playoffs, posting a 2.25 GAA and a .927 Sv. %, both stats being up there with his career postseason best. Now, with a much improved D-core in front of him, thanks to the buyout of statistical black-hole Dan Girardi and the arrivals of statistical revelation Kevin Shattenkirk and young, promising Anthony DeAngelo, expect the King to bounce back in a big way in 2017-’18.
    • 2017-’18 stat line prediction: 2.35 GAA, .920 Sv. %, 4 SO
  • Alex Ovechkin (WSH)

    • 2016-’17 stat line: 33-36-69 pts. in 82 GP
    • By no means is a season in which a player scores 30+ goals and almost 70 points a disappointment of any kind. But Alex Ovechkin is not just any player, and his 33 goals were the lowest in a full season from Ovi since 2010-’11, his 69 points- the second-lowest total of his career. But last year saw the Caps boast one of their deepest forward groups in years, and as a result, Ovi was not counted on to provide the majority of the offense.ovi The 32-year-old Russian superstar saw his average ice-time drop almost two minutes from ‘15-’16, and his shooting percentage was the lowest it’s been since 2010-’11. That deep forward group is now not quite as deep as it was, with the departure of Justin Williams (CAR) and Marcus Johansson (NJD) who combined for 48 goals a season ago. Ovi will be counted on again to provide much of the offensive production this season, and will most likely see his ice time and shooting percentage increase. The Caps’ captain also trained differently in the offseason and arrived at camp lighter and faster than years past.
    • 2017-’18 stat line prediction: 45-35-80 pts.