It has been a struggle for Enes Kanter to make the rotation this season. Kanter has just played ten total minutes this season, across two games. This is a huge letdown for Kanter, who played 24.4 minutes a game last season for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kanter this season has been involved in many controversies, which involves his criticism of the Chinese and Turkish Governments. This has led to Celtics games not being shown in China, while he still has an arrest warrant in Turkey.

Chinese streaming platform pulls Celtics game after pro-Tibet Enes Kanter  tweet : NPR
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However many have speculated that Kanter’s involvement in these controversies has resulted in his minimal amounts of time on the court this season. However, when this came to the attention of Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, he said this.

“My thing is strictly basketball. We’re switching a lot and doing some things that probably are not as natural for him and that’s limited his time to some extent … Nothing basketball related will be based on [social media].”

Ime Udoka on Enes Kanter’s spot in the rotation
On hiatus, Celtics' Enes Kanter fights off boredom but keeps his  perspective - The Boston Globe
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Udoka’s comments are straightforward. It is not an issue of social media. Kanter does not get minutes because he does not fit in with the current rotations. And to be honest, this is nothing crazy. The Celtics have two good centers to fill up the rotation, Robert Williams and Al Horford, and do not require Kanter’s help until one of the two is inured.

The Celtics play the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 7 PM in Cleveland.

By Myst