The Portland Trail Blazers have went out into the buyout market to try and improve their team by picking up recently bought out Knicks center Enes Kanter.
For a team that has pretty inconsistent big man scoring off the bench in the form of Zach Collins and Meyers Leonard, this is a nice pickup because he can really add some offense to the bench unit, but on the flip side the Blazers are already pretty average this season defensively and this does nothing to make them better defensively.
So far this season Kanter has an offensive win share of 2.5 and while he’s not on pace to reach the value he had last season, he should be pretty close to what his career average is and he also has a career offensive rating of 114, which is pretty good and over the past three seasons he’s been right around 14.0 points per game so you pretty much know exactly what you’re going to get out of him on that end of the floor.
The downside as I mentioned is that he’s not very good on the defensive end of the floor. He’s never had a defensive win share higher than 2.1 and his defensive rating for his career is 108, which isn’t very good when it comes to either number.
I mentioned that he could increase scoring off the bench, but he could also move into the starting lineup and play along Jusuf Nurkic, but that could be a lineup that is fairly limited in terms of spacing the floor and switching defensively. It’ll be interesting to see how Terry Stotts decides to mix and match lineups, but getting Kanter gives them another option and it gives them another guy that you can rely on to score outside of Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and sometimes Jusuf Nurkic.
Portland has lost 10-straight playoff games so they need to do pretty much anything they can to try and get out of the first-round this season and getting Kanter and having already added Rodney Hood have made them better. Enough to get out of the first-round? We’ll have to wait and see on that one.