Knicks' Enes Kanter says Russell Westbrook is ‘maybe the best teammate’ he’s ever had

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Enes Kanter and Russell Westbrook developed a great friendship during their time together at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While the two may not be playing for the same team anymore, since Kanter now plays for the New York Knicks, they are still very good friends and their relationship is still strong.

This friendship goes against many reports from the past which have stated that Westbrook is a difficult player to play with at the Thunder.

During an Undisputed interview with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe, Kanter explained why he disagrees with these reports and why he thinks so highly of his former Oklahoma City teammate.

He said: “People are saying it’s so hard to play with Russ. Man… this dude, he’s maybe the best teammate I’ve ever played with. He’s a very good dude.

"I mean, I love him — on the court and off the court. He’s the type of guy that makes himself and everyone else around him better."

He continued: “While some people say no… to me, yes. He made me so much better — on the court and off the court. He was like a big brother to me.”

Kanter's time as Westbrook's teammate came to an end when he was traded by the Thunder to the Knicks alongside Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round draft pick in exchange for Carmelo Anthony.

Kanter averaged 14.1 points on 59.2 percent shooting from the field, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 25.8 minutes per outing during his first season in New York. He made 71 appearances overall.

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The Thunder now have nothing left from that trade that sent Kanter to the Knicks, as they sent Melo to the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade this offseason.

They sent Anthony and a top-14 protected 2022 first-round draft pick to the Hawks for guard Dennis Schroder. They will also receive Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Philadelphia 76ers.

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