Hedo Türkoğlu

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Hidayet Türkoğlu
Hedo Turkoglu point guard 11-27-08.jpg
Türkoğlu with the Orlando Magic in 2008.
Personal information
Born (1979-03-19) March 19, 1979 (age 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career1996–2015
Position Small forward
Number5, 14, 15, 26, 19, 8
Career history
1996–2000 Efes Pilsen
20002003 Sacramento Kings
2003–2004 San Antonio Spurs
20042009 Orlando Magic
2009–2010 Toronto Raptors
2010 Phoenix Suns
20102014 Orlando Magic
20142015 Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 11,022 (11.1 ppg)
Rebounds 3,971 (5.4 rpg)
Assists 2,832 (2.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Hidayet "Hedo" Türkoğlu (Turkish pronunciation:  [hidaːˈjet ˈtyɾkoːɫu] ; born March 19, 1979) is a Turkish former professional basketball player and current president of the Turkish Basketball Federation. He has played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6'10" forward played for six teams throughout his NBA career.

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Turkish Basketball Federation

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Professional career

Efes Pilsen (1996–2000)

Türkoğlu joined Efes Pilsen (now known as Anadolu Efes) 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, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists, in 22 games. [1] [2]

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Sacramento Kings (2000–03)

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. [3] He played alongside other European stars such as Vlade Divac and Peja Stojaković.

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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.

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San Antonio Spurs (2003–04)

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.

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Orlando Magic (2004–09)

Turkoglu with the ball in an NBA game against the Wizards in November 2008. Hedo Turkoglu 11-27-08.jpg
Türkoğlu with the ball in an NBA game against the Wizards in November 2008.

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. [4]

Orlando Magic American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida

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On April 28, 2008, Türkoğlu was named the NBA's Most Improved Player Award for the 2007–08 NBA season. [5] [6] 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 (2009–10)

Turkoglu (#26) with the Raptors. Vince carter magic v raptors.jpg
Türkoğlu (#26) 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. [7]

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. [8]

On May 29, 2010, Türkoğlu said in a television interview in Turkey that he felt he was wronged by the Raptors' management and wanted to leave Toronto. [9]

Phoenix Suns (2010)

On July 14, 2010, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Leandro Barbosa and Dwayne Jones. [10]

Return to Orlando Magic (2010–14)

On December 18, 2010, Türkoğlu was traded back to the Orlando Magic along with Jason Richardson and Earl Clark for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickaël Piétrus, a 2011 first-round draft pick, and $3 million cash. [11] On February 13, 2013, Türkoğlu was suspended for 20 games after testing positive for methenolone. [12] Türkoğlu said that he received medicine containing methenolone from a trainer in Turkey, though he did not know it was a banned substance. [13]

On January 3, 2014, Türkoğlu was waived by the Magic. He did not appear for them in the 2013–14 season. [14]

Los Angeles Clippers (2014–15)

On January 16, 2014, Türkoğlu signed with the Los Angeles Clippers for the rest of the 2013–14 season. [15] On January 18, he made his Clippers debut. In 13 minutes he recorded 4 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in a 92-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers. [16]

On September 12, 2014, he re-signed with the Clippers. [17]

International career

Türkoğlu was a member of the Turkish national team which won silver medals at the EuroBasket 2001. He averaged 15.5 points per game.

Türkoğlu was named to the preliminary roster for the 2006 World Championship. However, he declined the invitation. [18]

In 2009, Türkoğlu was a member of the Turkish national team which finished in 8th place at the EuroBasket in Poland. [19] One year later, Turkoglu participated in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, in his home country of Turkey. The Turkish national team finished with the silver medal, having beaten every team except for Team USA, the champions. Türkoğlu averaged 12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. At the 2011 EuroBasket, and the 2013 EuroBasket, he averaged 10.6 and 7.3 points per game, respectively. [20]

In March 2014, Türkoğlu retired from international basketball. [21] [22]

NBA career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

2000–01 Sacramento 74716.8.412.326.7772.
2001–02 Sacramento 801024.6.422.368.7264.
2002–03 Sacramento 671117.5.422.372.8002.
2003–04 San Antonio 804425.9.406.419.7084.
2004–05 Orlando 671126.2.419.380.8363.
2005–06 Orlando 785933.5.454.403.8614.
2006–07 Orlando 737331.1.419.388.7814.
2007–08 Orlando 828236.9.456.400.8295.
2008–09 Orlando 777736.6.413.356.8075.
2009–10 Toronto 746930.7.409.374.7744.
2010–11 Phoenix 251625.2.440.423.7224.
2010–11 Orlando 565633.9.448.404.6674.
2011–12 Orlando 535331.2.415.353.7053.
2012–13 Orlando 11117.
2013–14 L.A. Clippers 38010.3.385.440.5002.
2014–15 L.A. Clippers 62211.4.441.432.5451.


2001 Sacramento 8017.6.435.5711.0003.
2002 Sacramento 16827.7.401.353.5165.
2003 Sacramento 10517.4.360.286.7222.
2004 San Antonio 101027.1.321.333.6114.
2007 Orlando 4439.0.500.333.5003.
2008 Orlando 101039.9.447.286.8486.
2009 Orlando 242438.9.427.386.8174.
2011 Orlando 6634.
2012 Orlando 5532.4.366.417.6362.
2014 L.A. Clippers 508.2.462.400.0001.

Retirement and sports executive career

On November 13, 2015, Türkoğlu announced his retirement after 15 seasons playing in the NBA. [23]

In a press conference held on November 16, 2015, President of the Turkish Basketball Federation Harun Erdenay announced the decision of the federation board that Türkoğlu was appointed CEO of the federation. His responsibilities cover the basketball leagues, national teams and sponsors. [24] [25]

Political career

On March 15, 2016, Turkish press reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed Türkoğlu as one of his senior advisers. [26]

Personal life

Türkoğlu was born on March 19, 1979, in the Gaziosmanpaşa district of Istanbul, Turkey. His parents are Bosniaks [27] [28] born in Sjenica, in southwestern Serbia, and he is fluent in Serbian. [29] He is a Muslim. [30]

Türkoğlu and his wife, Banu, gave birth to their first daughter, Ela, on February 26, 2009. [31] The couple's second daughter, Lina, was born on April 8, 2013. [32]

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