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Hedo Turkoğlu
Hedo Turkoglu point guard 11-27-08.jpg
Hedo Türkoğlu with the Magic in the 2008–09 season
Toronto Raptors  – No. 26
Small forward / Power forward
Born March 19, 1979 (1979-03-19) (age 30)
Gaziosmanpaşa, İstanbul
Nationality Turkish
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
League NBA
Draft 16th overall, 2000
Sacramento Kings
Pro career 1996–present
Former teams Efes Pilsen (Turkey) (1996–2000)
Sacramento Kings (2000–2003)
San Antonio Spurs (2003–2004)
Orlando Magic (2004-2009)
Awards 2001 NBA All-Rookie Second Team
2008 NBA Most Improved Player
Profile Info Page

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 Toronto Raptors. 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.

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Pro career

Türkoğlu handling the ball in a NBA game against the Washington Wizards in November 2008.
Türkoğlu (at the top right) with the Raptors

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]

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.

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.

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 NBA Finals for the first time since 1995. However, they lost in 5 games. Türkoğlu decided to opt out of his contract.

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]

Personal life

Hedo Türkoğlu is married to Banu Türkoğlu. Their daughter Ela was born on February 26, 2009.[7]

National team

Medal record
Competitor for  Turkey
European Championships
Silver 2001 Turkey 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 invite.[8]

In 2009, Turkoglu was a member of the Turkish national team squad which finished in 8th place at the European Basketball Championship in Poland.[9]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games 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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 Sacramento 74 7 16.8 .412 .326 .777 2.8 .9 .7 .3 5.3
2001–02 Sacramento 80 10 24.6 .422 .368 .726 4.5 2.0 .7 .4 10.1
2002–03 Sacramento 67 11 17.5 .422 .372 .800 2.8 1.3 .4 .2 6.7
2003–04 San Antonio 80 44 25.9 .406 .419 .708 4.5 1.9 1.0 .4 9.2
2004–05 Orlando 67 11 26.2 .419 .380 .836 3.5 2.3 .6 .3 14.0
2005–06 Orlando 78 59 33.5 .454 .403 .861 4.3 2.8 .9 .3 14.9
2006–07 Orlando 73 73 31.1 .419 .388 .781 4.0 3.2 1.0 .2 13.3
2007–08 Orlando 82 82 36.9 .456 .400 .829 5.7 5.0 .9 .3 19.5
2008–09 Orlando 77 77 36.6 .413 .356 .807 5.3 4.9 .8 .2 16.8
Career 678 374 27.9 .428 .385 .801 4.2 2.7 .8 .2 12.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 Sacramento 8 0 17.6 .435 .571 1.000 3.5 1.4 .4 .1 7.5
2001–02 Sacramento 16 8 27.7 .401 .353 .516 5.2 1.4 .4 .6 8.6
2002–03 Sacramento 10 5 17.4 .360 .286 .722 2.9 1.4 1.2 .5 5.3
2003–04 San Antonio 10 10 27.1 .321 .333 .611 4.5 1.5 .9 .1 7.7
2006–07 Orlando 4 4 39.0 .500 .333 .500 3.3 3.5 1.2 1.0 13.8
2007–08 Orlando 10 10 39.9 .447 .286 .848 6.4 5.5 .8 .2 17.5
2008–09 Orlando 24 24 38.9 .427 .386 .817 4.5 4.8 .8 .2 15.8
Career 82 61 30.7 .416 .359 .766 4.5 3 .7 .3 11.4

References

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Preceded by
Monta Ellis
NBA Most Improved Player
2007–08
Succeeded by
Danny Granger
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