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Ömer Aşık
Ömer Aşık.jpg
Position Center
Height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Weight 255 lb (116 kg)
League Turkish League
Euroleague
Team Fenerbahçe Ülker
Born July 4, 1986 (1986-07-04) (age 23)
Bursa, Turkey
Nationality Turkey
Draft 2nd round, 36th overall, 2008
Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Fenerbahçe (2005-06)
Alpella (2006-07)
Fenerbahçe Ülker (2007-?)

Ömer Faruk Aşık (born July 4, 1986, Turkey) is a Turkish professional basketball player of Fenerbahçe Ülker. The powerful and athletic center is 7'0" tall (2.13 m), 255 lb (116 kg) and he wore the number 6 with Alpella and now the number 24 with Fenerbahçe Ülker.

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Player profile

Aşık grew up playing with Fenerbahçe Ülker in his native Turkey. Then was loaned to Kadikoy Belediyesi in the Turkish League’s second division for the majority of the 2005-06 season and played with Alpella during the 2006-07 season and the start of 2007-08 before moving back to Fenerbahce. He earned Turkish League All-Star Game honors in 2007 and 2008. He started the 2007-08 season on loan to Alpella and finished his loan contract after Fenerbahçe Ülker's center Semih Erden's injury.

He can score in the low post with a decent touch around the basket and a variety of moves. He rebounds well on both ends. He has good length and athleticism and he is a solid shot-blocker.

He was drafted 36th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2008 NBA Draft and subsequently traded to the Chicago Bulls for Sonny Weems and draft picks.[1][2][3][4] He is expected to play for the Bulls after his contract ends in Turkey at the end of the 2009/10 season. He is expected to report to the Bulls in October/2010 for training camp.

Pro career

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Turkish League

2005-06

Appeared in 9 games for Fenerbahçe Ülker, scoring a total of 26 points and grabbing 28 rebounds. Spent most of the season on loan to Kadikoy Belediyesi in the Turkish League’s Second Division.

2006-07

With Alpella, led the league in rebounding (11.2 rpg) and ranked second in blocked shots (2.0 bpg), while averaging 9.3 ppg. Set a season high with 20 points against TTNet Beykoz. Matched season high with 20 points and grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds against Mutlu Akü Selçuk Üniversitesi.

2007-08

Started the season with Alpella, averaging 15.0 points and 11.3 rebounds in 10 games. Posted seven double-doubles. He played against Efes Pilsen for Alpella on his last game and have 37 mins, 25 points (ft:8/11, 2p:7/11, 3p:1/1), 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 block.

Returned to Fenerbahçe Ülker in December, averaging 7.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 20 games. With Alpella and Fenerbahçe Ülker combined, led the league in blocked shots (1.9 bpg). Averaged 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots in 18.6 minutes a contest for Fenerbahçe Ülker in Euroleague play. Set a Euroleague record for blocked shots in Top 16 round play (19).

2008-09

He is back after missing most of last season due to a knee injury, but as he showed over the summer at EuroBasket 2009, he’s ready to pick up where he left off as an instant contributor to his team's success. Asik was an revelation to many after joining Fenerbahce midway through the 2007-08 season. He quickly proceeded to shatter the Top 16 blocked shots record, then finished the season ranked fourth in the Euroleague Rising Star Award voting and fifth in the Best Defender Award voting.[5]

Asik suffered ligament damage while training with the Turkey national basketball team in the summer of 2008 and was forced to undergo surgery. He did not return to action until March 2009 after Fenerbahce had finished its Euroleague season. Nonetheless, Asik helped Fenerbahce reach the Turkish League finals. After getting the rust off, Asik was back to himself this summer, becoming a main reference for Fenerbahce and Turkish national team head coach Bogdan Tanjevic in the paint. Asik finished EuroBasket with the highest field goal percentage of all players and the third-best average in offensive rebounds.

Asik has all the physical tools one can ask for to be a dominant center. He has good size and even better wingspan, great athleticism, and most importantly for blocking shots, a quick leap and fantastic timing. Asik is an above-average shooter from mid-range and loves to finish anything near the basket with a rim-rocking slam. If he can improve his free throw accuracy, he will become even more valuable to Fenerbahce.

Asik is set to enter his first full Euroleague season and based on what he’s shown so far, it could be one to remember. With a healthy, more experienced and more mature Asik manning the paint, all Euroleague shot-blocking records are in jeopardy as are all of Fenerbahçe Ülker's opponents.

Euroleague

He made his debut for Fenerbahçe Ülker against Real Madrid Baloncesto on Euroleague match with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists performance. Currently, he is the best shot blocker of Euroleague Top 16 history with the 3.8 average in 5 games. Recorded highs of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots against Aris BC.

He is mostly known by his abnormal shot blocking ability. He has set a new Euroleague Top 16 record for blocked shots with 19 total. The only other player to surpass 15 blocks in the round was Robertas Javtokas of Lietuvos Rytas in 2005-06. With 3.8 blocks per game so far in the round, Aşık also owns the highest average yet recorded in the Top 16 too.

December/2009 - Omer Asik, whom the Chicago Bulls project to be a contributor once his Turkish contract expires after this season, broke his collarbone and is expected to miss two months following surgery.

It's the second significant injury for Asik, 23, who missed most of last season following knee surgery to repair torn ligaments.

The Bulls packaged three second-round picks to acquire the 7-foot center, who could be in training camp in October 2010.

Asik suffered his latest injury during a Euroleague game for Fenerbahce Ulker.

Turkish national team

Aşık is a regular Turkish national basketball team player. He played with the silver medal-winning Turkish junior national basketball team in the U20 European Championships in Izmir, averaging 2.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in seven games.

EuroBasket 2009, Round 1

Aşık is now a player for the Turkey national basketball team. Turkey beat Lithuania, Bulgaria and hosts Poland in the first round of EuroBasket 2009 to make three out of three wins in Group D. Aşık achieved tremendous statistics in the first round scoring 27 of his 33 2-point shot attempts in these three games for an overall 81.8% FGP. In these three games he had a total of 20 rebounds or 6.7 RPG as well as a total of 59 points for 19.7 PPG. His only weakness was in his free throw shooting. In his three first round games he scored 5 of 13 free throw attempts for a 38.4% FTP.

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