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Enes Kanter Jump Shot

One of the bright spots from Utah’s 99-92 preseason loss to Portland Wednesday was the offensive display by Enes Kanter. Kanter scored on an array of post-ups, putbacks, face-up jumpers, pick&roll opportunities and even out in transition.

While he did most of his damage in the paint – he also showed impressive range shooting 2-4 on mid-range jump shots.

Enes Kanter Shot Chart vs Portland 10-16-13

While Kanter has definitely shown more confidence in his shot this preseason – those who have watched him closely knew he already displayed the range and touch to be an effective mid-range jumpshooting big.

Last year – while an overwhelming majority of his shots came from the paint (75.5% of his FG Att came in the paint) he also shot a respectable 39.1% from the mid-range area.

Kanter Shot Chart 2012-13

To put that “39.1%” in perspective, let’s compare Kanter’s mid-range shooting percentage to those of some of the league’s best centers:

  Mid-Range FG%
Player  Season FG Att FG%
Tiago Splitter 2010-13 7 44 15.9%
DeAndre Jordan 2012-13 3 17 17.6%
Dwight Howard 2012-13 8 38 21.1%
JaVale McGee 2012-13 14 55 25.5%
Greg Monroe 2012-13 61 199 30.7%
Nene 2012-13 66 213 31.0%
Andrew Bogut 2010-13 35 113 31.0%
Larry Sanders 2012-13 35 111 31.5%
DeMarcus Cousins 2012-13 107 330 32.4%
Pau Gasol 2012-13 83 224 37.1%
Brook Lopez 2012-13 124 319 38.9%
Joakim Noah 2012-13 59 151 39.1%
Enes Kanter 2012-13 36 92 39.1%
Roy Hibbert 2012-13 77 196 39.3%
Al Jefferson 2012-13 216 542 39.9%
Jonas Valanciunas 2012-13 30 73 41.1%
Tim Duncan 2012-13 190 444 42.8%
Al Horford 2012-13 197 451 43.7%
Marc Gasol 2012-13 155 325 47.7%
Tyson Chandler 2012-13 7 14

50.0%

As you can see Kanter’s 39.1% already puts him near the top of the charts among NBA centers.
While many of the top PF’s (Love, Aldrige, Garnett, West, Nowitzki, Bosh, Lee, Ibaka) all shot between 41-51% from mid-range – notable 4’s such as Blake Griffin (35.1%), Zach Randolph (35.2%), Carlos Boozer (38.6%) and even Paul Millsap (37.3%) all shot poorer from mid-range than Kanter last season.

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With teams forcing the pick&roll baseline more than ever, Kanter’s ability to pop out and consistently hit that 16-footer will be a valuable weapon for the Jazz this season. Additionally, his ability to step off the block and face his man up will give defenders another look to go with his already (at times) punishing low-post game.

Halfway through preseason, it’s clear Kanter is already Utah’s most offensively polished bigman and teams must respect his perimeter shot – something they also needed to do last season.

 

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