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Hidayet Turkoglu, Turkey
Nba.com: Turkoglu played in Efes Pilsen (Turkey) from 1995-96 to 1999-00. The Turk won the Silver medal at the 2001 European Championship with the Turkish National Team. He was selected by the Sacramento Kings as 16th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft. Named to the 2000-01 Schick All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 74 games for Sacramento, he participated in the “got milk?” Rookie Challenge. He also finished second in the Fleer Shootaround, and led the Sacramento team to the inaugural 3-on-3 989 Sports Hoop-it-Up championship at 2002 NBA All-Star Weekend in Philadelphia. In the summer of 2003, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, in a complicated deal that also brought Ron Mercer to San Antonio, making the organization very pleased.
Name: Hidayet Turkoglu (HE-dough TUR-ko-lou)
Origin: Istanbul, Turkey
Drafted: 2000, 1st round, 16th pick by the Sacramento Kings
Languages: Turkish, English
Website: & InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Turkish National Team (5), Efes Pilsen (), Sacramento Kings (5), San Antonio Spurs (14), Orlando Magic (15)
Ibn Notes: Turkoglu was the first Turkish-born player in NBA history. He entered into the league at 6-8 but has since grown a couple of inches. He is at his best when he is playing the small forward position. He is very good at driving to the basket, has a nice first step and ballhandling skills for his size. He has range from anywhere on the floor. Has very good accuracy from beyond the arc. He has great vision of the court and is quick on the break. He has never been afraid of taking the clutch shots and is a good defender.
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