Youth and College
Kanter began his career as a basketball player in 2006 in the youth department of Fenerbahçe Ülkerspor. Even as a 16 -year-old, he made attracted attention when he at Jordan Brand Classic International 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks achieved. As a reservist of the first team Kanter came in the 2008/2009 season to nine operations in the Turkish Basketball League and the ULEB Euro League. Fenerbahçe and the Greek giants Olympiakos Piraeus offered Kanter then to a professional contract. But Kanter refused on the grounds of wanting to go to an American high school. He moved to the United States to the Stoneridge Preparatory School.
After his high school graduation Kanter received offers many well-known, American universities. Among UCLA, UNLV, USC and Indiana University. First, he was the University of Washington gave a verbal commitment, later wrote, however, a at the University of Kentucky. At the Nike Hoop Summit 2010 Kanter scored against a U.S. Selection 34 points, breaking the 1998 competition established record of Dirk Nowitzki. In addition, he scored another 13 rebounds. After this performance, he was considered by many scouts and experts as a great NBA talent.
At the beginning of the 2010/2011 season moved Kanter in the college team from Kentucky, but he could help them, according to the NCAA rules do not play because he had included in the 2008-2009 season Fenerbahçe Ülkerspor $ 33,000 over his necessary expenses. Without having played a game, Kanter after a year at the university, turned professional and signed up for the NBA Draft.
When NBA Draft 2011, he was drafted in 3rd place of the Utah Jazz. The draft pick was acquired in a previous transfer in exchange for Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets.
His NBA debut was on December 27, 2011 against the Los Angeles Lakers. With the defeat of the 71:96 Jazz against the Lakers, Kanter came off the bench and scored five points and eleven rebounds. Due to his lack of experience and his skills immature, Kanter came in his rookie season mostly from the bench. On April 26, Kanter scored his first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, against the Portland Trail Blazers
During the summer of 2012 Kanter lost about 22 kg of its weight through a strict diet plan. In his second year Kanter managed a so-called 20/20 game. When you win the Jazz against the Charlotte Bobcats on March 1, 2013, Kanter scored with 23 points and 22 rebounds, respectively Karrierebestwerte. His second year closed Kanter having improved levels in all categories. Shortly before the end of the season Kanter suffered an injury in which he dislocated his shoulder. The season was so terminated prematurely for him.
Kanter participated in the U-18 Basketball Championship in France in 2009. With the Turkish national team, he was able to win the 3rd place. Kanter was elected with 18.6 points and 16.4 rebounds for the MVP of the tournament.
His first cap for the Turkish national team, he played on 11 August 2011 against Ukraine. In this game, he came off the bench and scored seven points and six rebounds. Kanter took part in the 2011 European Championship in Lithuania with Turkey. However, the Turkish national team was eliminated in the second round. Kanter scored during the competition in 8 games 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.