Happy Turkey Day

You have Devin to thank for today’s post. In discussing if we should do a post on a day that may or may not be a holiday (Black Friday, and a day off for many) and the difference between Thanksgiving in the US and Canada (which reverted to an argument over Fahrenheit vs. Celsius) Devin came up with today’s title and topic.

In honor of Thanksgiving aka Turkey Day yesterday we decided to make today Turkey Day in honor of NBA players that have hailed from Turkey. So with that here’s a run down of all Turkish natives that have played in the NBA.


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\[‘Hedo Turkoglu’, 3.1, 23752, 833, 515, 0.104, 51.7\],
\[‘Mehmet Okur’, 4.8, 17972, 617, 446, 0.113, 42.4\],
\[‘Ersan Ilyasova’, 4.2, 4376, 207, 79, 0.082, 7.5\],
\[‘Omer Asik’, 5, 989, 82, 0, 0.112, 2.3\],
\[‘Ibo Kutluay’, 2, 12, 5, 0, -0.4, -0.1\],
\[‘Semih Erden’, 5, 595, 41, 8, -0.048, -0.6\]
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Considering the Turkish migration in the NBA didn’t start until 1998 they haven’t done too bad for themselves. Turkoglu and Okur may have been overrated at times in their careers but it’s important to remember being above average in the NBA isn’t an easy task.

Of course if we’re looking at Turkey as a international exchange program for the NBA then Turkey has definitely come out ahead.

With that hope you had a Happy Turkey day and see you next week.

-Dre