Top 5 Centers: Western Conference

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3. Enes Kanter

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Enes Kanter is incredible on offense and a great rebounder. But, more importantly he’s efficient.

Last season his offensive rating was 4th. He was 8th in win shares per 48 minutes and had the 10th best player efficiency rating last year.

Kanter has played well for the Oklahoma City Thunder averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds last season.

Next season, his numbers should increase as he’ll play more minutes because of Serge Ibaka’s departure.

When it comes purely to offense there are almost no centers better than him.

Despite Kanter’s great offensive production, there are flaws that cause him to rank 3rd on this list.

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His defensive struggles are just too much to ignore.

There was a reason the Thunder started Serge Ibaka over him. Ibaka was 6th in blocks per game last year. Way higher than Kanter.

Kanter doesn’t defend the pick and roll good at all. He is slow on switches and gets beat off the dribble.

Lastly, he’s only solid at guarding big men in the post.

Not good or bad.

Just solid.

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