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Background

2013-14 SEASON:
Appeared in 80 games (37 starts) in his third NBA season, averaged 12.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.5 blocks in 26.7 minutes ... Had 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds vs. LAL 4/14 … Had 22 points and a team-high 14 boards @ DEN 4/12 … Had 15 points to go along with a team and season-high 19 rebounds vs. DAL 4/8 … Posted a career-high 27 points and a season-high tying 14 rebounds @ MIL 3/3 … Scored a career-high tying 25 points vs. MIN 2/22 … Had a career-high tying 25 points to go along with a team-high 10 rebounds and a career-high 4 assists @ POR 2/21 … Had 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. BKN 2/19 … Led the team in points (23) and a season-high 14 rebounds @ LAC 2/1 … Scored a team-high 24 points vs. WAS 1/25 … Totaled a career-high 25 points @ SAS 1/15 … Produced 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. IND 12/4 … Inactive (sprained right ankle) vs. CHI 11/25 … Had team-high 20 points and 12 rebounds @ PHX 11/1.

PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2012-13: Appeared in 70 games (two starts) … Averaged 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15.4 minutes … Improved averages in every major statistical category over rookie season …Also increased all averages post-All-Star break, averaging 9.8 points, shooting .553 from floor and .867 from line, with 5.1 rebounds in 18.4 minutes (prior to break averaged 6.5 points on .541 FG%, .750 FT%, with 4.1 rebounds in 14.4 minute) … Led the Jazz in scoring three times … Led Utah in rebounding four times … Scored in double-figures 22 times … Grabbed 10+ rebounds twice … Had two double-doubles … Missed two games due to a sprained right ankle (1/4-1/5) … Missed 10 games due to a dislocated left shoulder (3/29-4/17) … Tallied 12 points and six boards vs. PHI (3/25) … Scored game-high 17 points at DAL (3/24) … Totaled 14 points and eight rebounds vs. DET (3/11) … Tallied 18 points and 10 boards at MIL (3/4) … Registered career-high 23 points and 22 rebounds vs. CHA (3/1) … Registered 15 points on 6-7 shooting at LAC (2/23) … Registered 15 points on 6-10 shooting at SAC (2/9 … Had 10 points on 4-4 shooting vs. WAS (1/23) … Scored 14 points on 7-8 shooting vs. CLE (1/19) … Scored career-high 18 points and eight boards vs. TOR (12/7) … Scored 18 points with seven boards at OKC (11/30).

2011-12: Appeared in 66 games ... Averaged 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 13.2 minutes ... Became the 10th Jazz rookie in franchise history to appear in every regular season game ... Scored in double figures seven times ... Pulled down 10+ boards four times ... Had 12 points and 10 rebounds (first career double-double) in a career-high 33 minutes vs. POR (4/26) ... Scored career-high 17 points and had eight rebounds in 23 minutes at LAL (3/18) ... Had 13 rebounds vs. GS (3/17) ... Had 11 points and six rebounds vs. MIA (3/2) ... Had 12 rebounds at NOH (2/13) ... Scored 12 points and seven rebounds at DAL (1/27) ... Had 10 points and five rebounds vs. LAC (1/17) ... Had seven points and eight rebounds vs. NJN (1/14) ... Had 11 rebounds at LAL (12/27), the most in a Jazz rookie debut since the team moved to Utah (previously 10 by Thurl Bailey on 10/29/83).

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Played for the Turkish national team at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, averaging 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in ... Played for the Turkish U18 national team in 2009 and was named the championship's MVP after averaging 18.6 points and a tournament-best 16.4 rebounds, leading Turkey to the bronze medal at the European Championships in France ... Named Best Player and Best Center at the 2009 European Championships by eurobasket.com ... Appeared in four games, averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.8 minutes with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in the Euroleague in 2008-09 ... Also appeared in five games, averaging 3.2 points and 6.4 rebounds with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in the Turkish League in 08-09 ... Won a bronze medal at the European Championships in the U16 division in 2008 ... Played for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul Junior Team in 2007-08.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round (third pick overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

COLLEGE:
Enrolled as freshman at the University of Kentucky in 2010-11, but ruled ineligible to play by NCAA ... Though unable to play, Kanter stayed at Kentucky, attending classes and working out with assistant coaches.

HIGH SCHOOL:
Attended Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif. ... Played for Fenerbach Ulker in the Euroleague before moving to Stoneridge Prep in October, 2009 ... Shot an event record 13-of-21 from the field, scoring 34 points and grabbing 13 rebounds at the 2010 Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore. ... His 34-point scoring effort for the World Team broke the individual record of 33 points previously set by Dirk Nowitzki in 1998 ... Ranked as a five-star talent by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Ranked as the number one center in the recruiting class of 2010 according to Scout.com ... Ranked 25th on ESPNU's top 100 recruits of 2010 class.

PERSONAL:
Born in Zürich, Switzerland … Son of Mehmet and Gulsum Kanter … Nickname is the “Underkanter” … His father is a genetics professor in Istanbul, Turkey … Has two brothers, Kerem and Ahmad, and a sister, Betul … Brother Kerem attends prep school in Florida, while Ahmad plays basketball in Turkey … Started playing basketball at age 14 … Enjoys watching professional wrestling … Plays ping pong … Favorite TV show is Spongebob Squarepants … Favorite food is salmon … Favorite subject at Kentucky was geology … If he was not playing basketball, he would want to be an astronaut … Chose Kentucky over Kansas, Syracuse and Washington … Hobbies include hanging out with teammates, going out to dinner and playing video games … Attended Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif. … Shot an event record 13-of-21 from the field, scoring 34 points and grabbing 13 rebounds at the 2010 Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore. … His 34-point scoring effort for the World Team broke the individual record of 33 points previously set by Dirk Nowitzki in 1998 … Ranked as a five-star talent by both Rivals.com and Scout.com … Ranked as the number one center in the recruiting class of 2010 according to Scout.com … Ranked 25th on ESPNU’s top 100 recruits of 2010 class … Follow him on twitter @Enes_Kanter.

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Height: 6'11''/ 2.11m
Weight: 247 lbs./ 112 kg
Born: May 20, 1992
From: Kentucky
Draft: 1st Round (3rd pick) 2011 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2011
Years Pro: 3
Previous Teams:
  Utah Jazz 2011 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: Fenerbahce Ulker/Kentucky/Turkey

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