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Enes Kanter Equals Karl Malone With Career Night

With Al Jefferson sidelined, Enes Kanter got the starting nod for the Utah Jazz last night and did not disappoint.

The third overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft recorded career-highs by dropping 23 points and pulling down 22 rebounds.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Kanter joins Utah legend Karl Malone as the only player to record at least 22 points and 22 rebounds in a game for the Jazz. Malone accomplished the impressive feat four times.

Kanter still has a long way to get to Malone’s level, but he certainly showed his potential last night. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both headed into free agency this summer and that could open the door for Kanter to get more consistent minutes, as the second-year man is only averaging 14.9 minutes per game this season.

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