SALT LAKE CITY -- It's a good time to be Enes Kanter.
In his first autumn preseason, the 6-11 center is averaging 11.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, and is a big reason why the Utah Jazz (4-2) have looked strong in wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder and both Los Angeles squads.
"I know it's just a pre season [sic] but it feels good to play hard," he tweeted after a win against the Lakers.
Kanter is having success off the court, too.
He recently lost 51 pounds.
To what does Big Turkey (can we still call him that?) owe this new figure? According to the Salt Lake Tribune, he stopped eating his daily breakfast of six eggs -- yes six -- seven pancakes and a breakfast burrito.
Oh, and he spent his summer doing this.
In two months, Kanter went from 293 to 242.
"Now, I play faster, more explosive," he told the Deseret News.
In his rookie season, Kanter averaged 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in limited action.
His minutes should increase this year, but with a plethora of talented big men (e.g. Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors), it's still not clear how Coach Tyron Corbin will manage his big men once the regular season starts.
But one thing is certain: Jazz fans need some more Turkish Delight.
Jared Bray is a featured contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for Brigham Young University's Daily News at Noon on KBYU-TV.
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