Following a efficiency by which he registered his newest dominant 20-20 stat line, maybe it was becoming that Enes Kanter largely wished to speak about his improved imaginative and prescient on the courtroom.
Certainly, Kanter registered precisely 20 factors and 20 rebounds within the Knicks’ 111-95 win on Tuesday over the Nets, however he additionally led the quick break just a few occasions and matched his season-high with 5 assists to his workforce’s fourth straight win this season over rival Brooklyn
“I felt like Magic Johnson on the market,” Kanter joked.
The Turkish middle by no means will likely be confused with one of many biggest level guards of all-time, in fact, however Kanter is averaging 14.zero factors and 10.1 rebounds per sport this season.
Is that sufficient to get him thought-about as a substitute for the upcoming All-Star Recreation — presumably for injured Cleveland large man Kevin Love — alongside Kristaps Porzingis on the squad drafted by nemesis LeBron James?
“I’d ask for a commerce,” Kanter joked, referring to his ongoing confrontation with James this season. “If it occurs, it occurs. If not, I acquired to go to interrupt. I will cheer for KP.
Requested if it could “imply one thing” to him to be so honored in his first season with the Knicks, Kanter added: “In fact. It is an All-Star (Recreation). We’re representing the New York Knicks. It could be a extremely good factor. But when it occurs, it occurs. If not, simply give attention to the playoffs.”
Kanter, who performed Tuesday’s sport with stitches in his lip suffered the day before today in a follow collision with teammate Doug McDermott, had posted a 31-point, 22-rebound sport in a loss to Philadelphia on Christmas.
This marked his first sport of a minimum of 20 boards thereafter, and the 5 assists he added – together with just a few kick-outs to Porzingis for key three-pointers – helped elevate the Knicks to their first back-to-back wins since mid-December.
“I simply performed. We’re simply having enjoyable on the market. The assists simply got here with it,” mentioned Kanter, who additionally had registered 5 assists final week at Golden State. “Groups simply preserve sending double groups. That is what my teammates are telling me: rating in the event you’re one-on-one. But when they arrive with a double workforce simply make the additional move and make your teammate higher.
“We all know that groups can not guard me or KP one-on-one down low. They only carry on sending double groups, and KP is doing an unbelievable job discovering the open man. That is what I am attempting to do.”
Porzingis paced the Knicks with 28 factors, however he credited the unselfishness of his fellow 7-footer for serving to him drain just a few of his six three-pointers.
“Enes was a monster right this moment,” Porzingis mentioned. “Only a bulldozer. He did what he does. Nice sport for him, 20-20. Possibly he was mad from yesterday that he acquired hit within the mouth and his lip was (bleeding). I do not know. He had an incredible sport. I will be completely satisfied for him.”