Enes Kanter

Quick Facts

Full Name Enes Kanter Freedom
Birth Date May 20, 1992
Birth Place Zurich, Switzerland
Nick Name Underkanter
Religion Muslim
Nationality American
Ethnicity Unknown
High School
  • Stoneridge Preparatory School, Sim Valley, California
Horoscope Taurus
Parent’s Name
  • Mehmet Kanter
  • Gulsum Kanter
Siblings Three (two brothers & a sister)
Age 30 years old
Height 6 feet and 10 inches (2.08m)
Weight 113 kg (250 lb)
League NBA
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark brown
Body Type Athletic
Profession NBA Player
Professional Career Team
  • Fenerbahce
  • Utah Jazz
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • New York Knicks
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Boston Celtics
Draft Year 2011 (Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall)
Drafted By Utah Jazz
Position Center
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend Emily Sears
Jersey no. 13 (for Boston Celtics)
Net Worth $55 million 
Active Years 2008 – present
Social Media InstagramTwitter
Merch Jersey, Shoes, T-shirt
Last Update August, 2022

American basketball player Enes Kanter, who was born in Switzerland, is presently unsigned. He is a role model who excels on and off the court, to put it briefly.

Kanter also won the 2009 FIBA Europe U-18 Championship MVP award. Additionally, in 2008, he received the Albert Schweitzer Tournament Most Talented Player award.

Enes Kanter has strong opinions about his native country and culture. He adheres to a strong political philosophy and has the audacity to express his opinions without fear of rebuke.

Additionally, he is well-known for his activity in support of democracy and his forthright criticism of Turkish President Erdogan. He has also criticized China in front of the entire world and spread the word about it.

Additionally, Kanter raises awareness of wrongdoing by using his platform as a professional athlete to raise his voice for a good cause.

Childhood And Family

Enes Kanter is his actual birth name, and he goes by the moniker “Underkanter.”

He is 30 years old and was born on May 20, 1992. The sign of the Taurus is his.

Enes is of Swiss descent; he was born in Zurich. Kanter, who was originally Turkish, is now a citizen of the United States. He follows Islam as his faith and is a Muslim.

Additionally, he enjoys watching wrestling and SpongeBob SquarePants, his favorite TV program from which he learnt to speak English.

Mehmet Kanter and Gulsum Kanter are Kanter’s parents. His father graduated from the University of Zurich with an M.D.

Additionally, he teaches histology and genetics at Trakya University. His mother is a licensed nurse, too.

Kanter has three siblings—two brothers and a sister—who are all younger than he is. Kerem Kanter, one of his brothers, plays basketball professionally with PLK’s Slask Wroclaw.


At a Hizmet-affiliated school in Turkey, which is a component of the Gulen movement, Kanter started second grade.

Additionally, he first resided in Ankara before moving to Istanbul as a teenager to pursue a career in basketball.

Kanter then relocated to the US when he was 17 to pursue a basketball career. He played basketball for a season while attending Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, California.

How Did He Start Basketball Career?

Before relocating to the US, Kanter began his professional career with the Fenerbahce Youth Squad from 2006 to 2009. The management of Sedar Apaydin oversaw his performance.

With Fenerbahce, he so participated in nine games: four in the Turkish Super League and five in the EuroLeague.

In 2009, Kanter immigrated to the country and enrolled at Stonebridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, California.

Furthermore, he led the international squad with 34 points and 13 rebounds at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit. Then, both Scout.com and Rivals.com rated him as a five-star recruit.

After that, in November 2009, Kanter was assigned to play for the Washington Huskies.

Enes Kanter with Oklahoma City Thunder (Source: time.com)

Professional Career

Utah Jazz

Enes Kanter was selected by the Utah Jazz with the third overall choice in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Later, in December 2011, he penned a rookie-scale contract with the Utah Jazz.

He made his rookie debut against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 27 and had the most rebounds for a Utah Jazz player with 11. Kanter finished the season with 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 66 games.

In a 98-68 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in March, Kanter recorded his first 20-20 performance of his career with career highs of 23 points and 22 rebounds.

He then had a career-high 29 points in a 119-111 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Oklahoma City Thunder

In a three-team trade that included the Detroit Pistons, Kanter was transferred to the Oklahoma City Thunder in February 2015.

Enes Kanter made his finest debut with Oklahoma City Thunder; he achieved a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds against Charlotte Hornets.

Then, he scored career-high 30 points against Dallas Mavericks in April 2015.

Later, Kanter became a restricted free agency after the fairest 2014-15 season. Then, he earned four years, $70 million bids from Portland Trail Blazers in July 2015.

However, Thunder invoked their first refusal rights and matched the bid to Enes Kanter by Blazers.

On April 6, he became the first player in Oklahoma City Thunder to score 30 points and add 20 rebounds in a game.

Consequently, Kanter received a fractured forearm playing against the Dallas Mavericks and was ruled out for six to eight weeks.

Then, he made his comeback in February 2017 against Los Angeles Lakers and finished with four points on 2-for-12 shooting.

New York Knicks

Kanter was dealt together with Doug McDermott to the New York Knicks in exchange for Carmelo Anthony in September 2017.

In October 2018, he scored 17 points and 15 rebounds against the Celtics, making him the first Ney York Knicks since Zach Randolph to begin the season with three straight double-doubles.

Portland Trail Blazers

Enes Kanter inked a contract with Portland Trail Blazers in February 2019.

He became the third player in franchise history to record that greatest score in a playoff game after Bill Walton and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Kanter signed two years, $10 million deal with Boston Celtics as a free agent on July 1, 2019.

Kanter had to move back to Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team transaction on November 20, 2020.

In April, he set a career-high and franchise-record 30 rebounds and broke the Sidney Wicks record of 27 (of 1975). (of 1975).

Enes Kanter signed a one-year $2.7 million contract with the Boston Celtics in August 2021.

National Team Career

Enes Kanter debuted for the Turkish national basketball team at Italy’s 2008 FIBA Europe Under 16 Championship.

Furthermore, Kanter earned MVP honors at the 2009 FIBA Europe Under 18 Championship. More, he had averaged 18.6 points and 16.4 points and led the squad with a silver medal.

Later, Enes Kanter participated for the first time at the 2011 EuroBasket as a senior team. He averaged 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in eight games appearing.

Enes Kanter for the National team (Source: dailysabah.com).

Awards & Achievements

  • Albert Schweitzer Tournament Most Talented Player (2008)
  • FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship MVP (2009)
  • WWE 24/7 Championship (2009)


  • FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship Men’s Basketball (2009)- Bronze Medal

Works & Editions by Enes Kanter

  • “They can Take Your Country, Just Like that”- The Players’ Tribune
  • “When Ramadan and NBA Playoffs collide, my faith is my strength”- The Washington Post
  • “Move the Olympics for Peng Shuai’s Sake”- The Wall Street Journal

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Professional Involvement In Wrestling

Enes Kanter is a tremendous admirer of wrestling and is interested in pursuing a professional wrestling career.

Then, he made his special cameo at a Monday Night Raw event at Madison Square Garden in September 2019.

Therefore, Kanter defeated WWE 24/7 Champion R-Truth to capture the championship but would return it to R-Truth moments afterwards.


  • WWE 24/7 Championship

What is the Relationship Status of Enes Kanter?

Kanter had dated professional wrestling player Dana Brooke till December 2019.

Later, in 2020, he started seeing another girl, fashion designer, and equestrian Ariana Rockefeller.

But now, some sources suggest he is officially in a relationship with Australian model Emily Sears. They have been dating for a few of months.

Emily has a popularity for being in the Carl’s Jr. ad. Campaign. She also has a brand sponsorship with Monster Energy, Strikeforce MMA, and others.

Thus, she supports Enes Kanter in both his games and his advocacy.

Enes Kanter with his girlfriend, Emily Sears (Source: Instagram)

Social Media

Enes Kanter is a famous celebrity on social media networks.

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How was the Networt Value of  Kanter?

One of the prominent professional basketball players, Enes Kanter, has a net worth of $55 million.

Kanter also agreed to a $2.7 million, one-year contract with the Boston Celtics.

His pay for the 2021–2022 season is around $2,641,691. Kanter is the Boston Celtics’ tenth most paid player this season as a result.

Additionally, his prior pay with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2020–21 was $5,005,350.

What is the Physical Measurement of Enes?

Enes is a tall and elegant man who turned 30 on May 20, 1992.

He is therefore 250 lb and stands at 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) (113 kg).

Freedom is similarly enormously tall and athletically built. His dark brown eyes contrast with his naturally black hair.

 The Real Activist

NBA center Enes Kanter Freedom plays for the Boston Celtics. He is an expert on the court, has strong opinions, and has the bravery to speak out on social or political issues outside of the court.

The most attention has been drawn to him by his off-court activities.

Kanter, who was raised in Turkey after moving there as a child and who is a vocal opponent of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was born in Switzerland.

He also condemned Erdogan in 2013 as a result of the Turkish corruption crisis.

After having his passport revoked in 2017, Kanter persisted in criticizing Erdogan, even referring to him as the “Hitler of our Century.”

His father, a professor in Turkey, received a terrorism conviction and prison term the same year. He spent five days in jail before being freed.

As a result, he acquired a new identity as a citizen of the United States and legally changed his name from Enes Kanter to Enes Kanter Freedom in November 2021.

Enes Kanter Outspoken About China

Kanter discussed the genocide in Western China in 2019, when the Uyghur Muslim minority was imprisoned in camps.

His activism is to raise awareness of and end injustice and violations of human rights in China.

Later, on Twitter, Kantar referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “cruel tyrant” and declared his support for the “Free Tibet” movement.

Then he demanded that American athletes boycott China.

Criticized The Lakers Star LeBron James

He has also physically abused Nike and other NBA athletes, and he harshly criticized Lakers star LeBron James.

For LeBron James, Kanter hurriedly exclaimed, “Money over Morals for the King.”

In addition, he has added further, saying that it is terrible and repulsive how these sportsmen claim to speak out for social justice but actually just “shut up and dribble” when big boss China orders them to.

Do you know anything about the slave labor used to make your shoes, or did you not include that in your research? LeBron James was in China for the NBA when Kanter said to him.

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