Kanter went for 12 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block over 23 minutes in Monday's 120-98 loss to the Clippers.
With Steven Adams (concussion) out Monday, the logical conclusion might have been that Kanter would see some extended run. However, that expectation wasn't fulfilled, as head coach Billy Donovan opted to insert Jerami Grant into the starting five, and also gave fellow big Joffrey Lauvergne a bench-leading 30 minutes. Kanter still made the most of his time on the court, generating his eighth straight double-digit scoring effort despite seeing his lowest amount of playing time in the last five contests. The Turkish big man sports solid averages of 17.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks across 25.2 minutes in nine January games.
Kanter recorded a season high in scoring while notching his fourth double-double in the last six bouts. Considering that Kanter had gone for seven double-doubles prior to January, it's clear that the backup big man has picked up his efforts to kickstart the new year.
Kanter finished with 21 points (8-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT) to go along with eight rebounds and two assists in Friday's 96-86 road loss against the Timberwolves.
Kanter is averaging 18.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists over his past six games despite coming off the bench, all well in excess of his season averages. He has been a fantasy force lately in multiple categories, finishing with double-doubles in three of the past five outings.
The double-double was Kanter's tenth of the season, and the big man has really come into his own as of late. Over his last five games, Kanter is averaging 18 points and 10.2 rebounds in 24.2 minutes per game, which is about four points, rebounds, and minutes higher than his season averages. Kanter will look to keep on humming when the
Kanter registered 20 points (9-11 FG, 2-3 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 28 minutes in a 109-94 win over the Bulls on Monday.
Coach Billy Donovan has loosened the reins on Kanter of late, and the move is paying dividends for the big man and his fantasy owners. After a four-game stretch where he was held to 20 minutes or fewer, Kanter has been above 20 minutes in each of the last 10 games. During that span, Kanter is averaging 17.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 59.7 percent from the field, all of which are better than his season-long marks.
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