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Enes Kanter out for 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter has undergone Arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.  The team’s starting center will resume normal offseason team activities with the Thunder in 4-6 weeks. Thunder executives spoke about the surgery on Wednesday as the team announced that the surgery was a success.

Enes Kanter was acquired from the Utah Jazz by the Thunder on February 19th earlier this year, just before the trade deadline. Kanter started all 26 games with the Thunder. The big man out of Turkey averaged 18.7 PPG and 11 Rebounds per game, in what was seen as a spectacular effort by Kanter, as the Big man wasn’t even a star in Utah, but just a bit part player in a rotation sharing minutes with the Frenchman and fellow center Rudy Gobert.

Enes Kanter was a key contributor in what was a valiant effort to make the NBA Playoffs by the Thunder, but unfortunately the Thunder fell short of the Playoffs, having just been beaten to the eighth and final seed by the New Orleans Pelicans led by Anthony Davis. The Thunder finished with a record of 45-37. Kanter was a major part of getting the Thunder to this amount of wins, along with MVP candidate Russell Westbrook. Kanter filled a major gap after star power forward Serge Ibaka went down with a right knee injury, an injury that ended up ending Ibaka’s season.

Enes Kanter may end up becoming a star in the NBA, as he  is heading in the right direction. This minor knee injury for Kanter is just a hiccup for the big man, and he should be back on the court next season playing for a resurgent Oklahoma City Thunder team who look to be healthier and return to their place as one of the top teams in the league.


Main photo via Getty Images/NBA collection.


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