The New York Knicks are enduring another losing record this season but the production of center Enes Kanter has been one of the bright sparks for them this year.
The big man was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade and has been a real hit with the fans in the Big Apple.
Kanter is averaging 14.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for the Knicks and has formed a strong frontcourt partnership with Kristaps Porzingis.
His last two outings have been particularly impressive. The 25-year-old posted 20 points and 20 rebounds in a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night and followed it up with 17 points and 17 boards in a crushing 103-73 loss to the Boston Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back.
With Kevin Love being ruled out for up to two months with a broken hand, the NBA will look to replace him in this month's All-Star game and Kanter may have an outside chance.
If he does get the nod, it would mean that the big Turk will have to be on Team LeBron which would be an interesting turn of events as the duo were involved in a spat earlier in the season.
The pair clashed on the court when the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Knicks at Madison Square Garden and also shared a war of words.
Kanter has proceeded to troll James at any opportunity since their altercation and provided a hilarious response when asked if he would accept an invitation to play on his All-Star team.
"I might ask for a trade," Kanter said, according to The New York Daily News. "If it happens, it happens. If not, I'll go to break. I'm going to cheer for (Kristaps Porzingis)."
The former OKC man clearly has a disdain for King James but he later admitted that receiving his first nod for the showpiece event would mean something to him.
"Of course. It's an All-Star (Game)," he said. "We're representing the New York Knicks. It would be a really good thing. But if it happens, it happens. If not, just focus on the playoffs."
New York is currently 10th in the east with a 23-29 record and will need a strong surge in the second half of the year to give themselves hope of making it to the postseason.
If Kanter continues to put up big numbers and the Knicks pull off some moves before next week's trade deadline, they could mount a challenge to end their four-year drought.News Now - Sport News