ENES Kanter is definitely rooting for Russell Westbrook to win the MVP award, not only because he is a teammate at Oklahoma City but more because of the way the star guard transformed himself and the whole Thunder squad this season.
Shortly upon his arrival in Manila for a two-day visit, Kanter vouched for his do-it-all teammate in the race for the MVP, saying he has seen how hard Westbrook had worked this season.
“He deserves every part of that MVP,” said Kanter on Thursday at the start of his visit in Manila on Thursday for an activity organized by the Enes Kanter Light Foundation and the Foundation International School.
“He has been unbelievable, on and off the court, in practices. He is unbelievable,” the Turkish player drafted No. 3 overall by the Utah Jazz in 2011 added.
Kanter, 24, said he was impressed with how Westbrook took the Thunder on his shoulders following the departure of Kevin Durant.
“He is really an amazing player. He makes himself better and at the same time, he makes everybody else around him, players, coaches, the organization, and the fans (better). That’s how special he really was," Kenter added.
"He has done an amazing job. He put all the work every night and he doesn’t take a dayoff."
The Thunder were booted out of the playoffs when they lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round. Still, Kanter finds this season a successful one for Oklahoma City.
“I felt like we had a successful season especially during the season that we were a sixth seed. We made the playoffs. All the guys, we worked as a team,” said Kanter.
Kanter is in the country after partnering with Foundation International School to engage students in sports and outreach activities. It is part of the Turkish player’s world tour to support children for their holistic development.
On Thursday morning, Kanter donated gifts and medicines to the White Cross Orphanage and scholars of the ICAD Foundation.