1. Enes Kanter, Portland Trail Blazers
There is a ton to like about Kanter based on his last season in Portland, as he played in every game and averaged a double-double for the second time in his career. His presence on the Nets wouldn’t be a nightmare, as he would be the elite rebounder and finisher Brooklyn lacked in this playoff run.
However, while Kanter will get a huge contract elsewhere, he shouldn’t be looked at by the Nets, as he is one of the worst defensive centers in the league. The defense might actually start to take a step backward if they choose to sign Kanter based on what we saw with the Blazers last year.
Enes Kanter wouldn’t be a huge help on defense for the Brooklyn Nets.
Portland was one of the worst defensive teams in the league last, and the defensive downgrade from Jusuf Nurkic to Kanter when the Bosnian came off of the bench was startling at times. Blake Griffin also didn’t play a ton of great defense, but at least he was able to provide some 3-point shooting.
If the Nets want a defensively deficient scoring machine, just re-sign Griffin for a fraction of the price. Kanter would be an upgrade, but he is a bit redundant, and the financial implications of bringing him in could make it tougher to add pieces around him.