Pazar, Eylül 12, 2010

Hedo Turkoglu

Hidayet "Hedo" Türkoğlu (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈhedo ˈtyɾkoːɫu]; born March 19, 1979 in Gaziosmanpaşa, İstanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish professional basketball player in the NBA currently playing for the Phoenix Suns. He plays the small forward position, although he has played four positions in his career. He possesses above-average ballhandling and playmaking skills for a forward, and is sometimes used in a point forward role.

Pro career

Efes Pilsen

Türkoğlu joined Efes Pilsen in 1996 and played four seasons with the team. He averaged 8.4 points on 58 percent shooting in 50 games in the Euroleague. Türkoğlu helped the team reach the 2000 Euroleague Final Four, averaging 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 22 games.[1]

Sacramento Kings

Türkoğlu was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 16th pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. He was the first Turkish-born player in NBA history.[2]
He earned consideration for the NBA's Sixth Man Award in his sophomore season, after averaging 10.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

San Antonio Spurs

During the 2003 offseason, Türkoğlu was traded to the San Antonio Spurs along with Ron Mercer in a three-team trade. The trade also sent Brad Miller to the Kings and Scot Pollard and Danny Ferry to the Pacers. Türkoğlu played one season with the Spurs and averaged 9.2 points on a career-high 42 percent three-point shooting.

Orlando Magic

Türkoğlu joined the Orlando Magic in 2004. He scored a career-high 39 points twice: in an April 2007 game against the Toronto Raptors, and in a March 2008 game against the Washington Wizards.[3]
On April 28, 2008, Türkoğlu was named the NBA's Most Improved Player Award for the 2007–08 NBA season.[4][5] Türkoğlu helped the Orlando Magic win 52 games, and averaged career-highs in points per game (19.5), rebounds per game (5.7) and assists per game (5.0) and started all 82 regular season games.
In the 2008–09 NBA season, the Magic reached the 2009 NBA Finals for the first time since 1995. However, they lost in 5 games to the Los Angeles Lakers. Türkoğlu decided to opt out of his contract.

Toronto Raptors

Türkoğlu (at the top right) with the Raptors
On July 9, 2009, Türkoğlu was signed and traded to the Toronto Raptors as a part of a four-team deal among the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies which also included Shawn Marion.[6]
On March 28, 2010, Türkoğlu was a healthy scratch for the Raptors, his first benching since March 10, 2006, when he was still an Orlando Magic player. This was a disciplinary measure, after he was spotted by fans out late in a nightclub in the Yorkville district of Toronto, immediately after missing a game due to a stomach virus. The fans wrote staff within the Raptors organization, who then notified management and coaching staff, leading to the punishment. [7] On May 29, 2010, Hedo Turkoglu said in a television interview in Turkey that he felt he was wronged by the Raptors' management and wanted to leave Toronto

Turkish national team

Türkoğlu was a member of the Turkish national team which won silver medals at the 2001 European Championship. He averaged 15.5 points per game.
Türkoğlu was named to the preliminary roster for the 2006 World Championship. However, he declined the invitation.[11]
In 2009, Turkoglu was a member of the Turkish national team squad which finished in 8th place at the European Basketball Championship in Poland.[12] One year later, Turkoglu participated in the 2010 FIBA World Championship in his home country of Turkey.And now his going to play final game with USA .





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