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— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 29, 2018
There you have it.
Enes Kanter opted in his $18.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season to help make the New York Knicks great again. Obviously, making the Knicks great again won’t be an easy task since the last time the Knicks were even close to being great was in 1973 – in those days Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s afro was still in prime form.
Last season, Kanter was acquired by the Knicks via trade with Oklahoma City, which sent Carmelo Anthony the other way. He averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game becoming the first Knick since Tyson Chandler, in 2012-13, to average a double-double for the season. Kanter endeared himself to the Garden faithful with his bully ball play and his trolling game on social media, and most of all, Knicks fans remember him for standing up for his teammate, Frank Ntilikina, against LeBron James in November.
With Kristaps Porzingis still out, recovering from an ACL tear, Kanter is likely to start at Center for the Knicks in the upcoming season, and his return should help the Knicks brass breathe a sigh of relief due to the lack of active big men currently on the roster.
Kanter exercised his right, and now the fate of the franchise is in his hands. Will he help make the Knicks great again or will he help the Knicks return to the lottery again?