Kanter's defense has been the biggest surprise for me.
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Givony on draftexpress hated the crap out of Kanter.
Nbadraft.net really loved kanter and gave him amazing grades.
Hmm Kanter was very much risky prospect. He had a huge bust factor. I think Givony just wanted to be bold and straight up say indirectly that he thinks Kanter is gonna be a bust rather then say what most other people said and say more of "I do not know."
He did well enough in HS to have Coach Cal wanting him really really bad, thats good enough for me.
I never really doubted Kanter's overall defense, because I had seen his strength, motor, and willingness to use both .. but I also knew he wasn't going to be a 'defender' in the ilk most here thought they wanted/needed.
Steals and blocks can indicate something but it doesn't necessarily mean that someone is a defensive stalwart.
Anyway, Calipari tells his teams every year, "I want you to end the season ranked #1 in your league in defense while being ranked dead last in steals."
I initially found that a very interesting concept/thought .. now it's just ingrained and instinctual.
The real surprise on the defensive end has been Hayward.
Anyway, nice bump. And, for the record, while I had my anxiety about the pick, I've been a consistent Kanter supporter.
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