Former Jazz star Mehmet Okur to help team’s young players


mehmet-okur-jazzFormer Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur will be reportedly helping out his former team’s big men, Enes Kanter in particular, according to Salt Lake Tribune.

The news says team needs Kanter to become a better shooter, and develop a range on his jumpshot. This is the area where Okur can be helpful.

Okur doesn’t yet have an official capacity — and it’s not known whether a title will be coming. But similar to Karl Malone working with Derrick Favors last season, Okur will hang around during training camp and the start of the season, offering shooting tips to a young team.

Okur, who made a lot of clutch three-point shots for the Jazz, may be teaching Kanter how to knock those down too.

According to Salt Lake Tribune, Kanter is the most offensively gifted big man Utah has, and he’s the one with the most outside/inside potential.

“If he can come close to giving what Okur did in his prime from the perimeter, it will help immensely. Kanter is already more gifted than Okur ever was in the paint,” the newspaper said.

Okur spent seven of his 10 NBA seasons with the Utah Jazz and was named a Western Conference All-Star during the 2006-07 season.

He averaged 17.6 points and 7.2 rebounds that campaign, one year after setting career-best averages of 18.0 points and 9.1 rebounds per game with Utah. Okur retired from the NBA in 2012.

The 6-foot-11 sharp-shooter was limited by injuries in his last two NBA seasons, appearing in just 30 games out of 164. In 634 career NBA games (460 started), Okur averaged 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds in 29.1 minutes of playing time.

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