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Semih Erden
Position Center
Height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Weight 240 lb (110 kg)
League Turkish League
Team Fenerbahçe Ülker
Born July 28, 1986 (1986-07-28) (age 23)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkey
Draft 2nd round, 60th overall, 2008
Boston Celtics
Pro career 2003–present
Former teams Darüşşafaka (2003–04)
KK Partizan (2004–05)
Fenerbahçe Ülker (2005-?)

Semih Erden (born 28 July 1986 in Istanbul) is a Turkish professional basketball player. The 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), 240 lb (110 kg; 17 st) center plays for Fenerbahçe Ülker.

Erden was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 60th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.[1][2][3]





Erden played with Darüşşafaka S.K. in the Turkish Basketball League, appeared in one game in which he recorded one point and two rebounds. He spent the majority of the season playing with the Darussafaka junior team.


With Partizan Beograd in the Adriatic League, Erden averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. He scored in double figures twice, tallying a high of 17 points against KK Hemofarm. In the Euroleague, he contributed 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 12.5 minutes a contest. His highest scoring game of 10 points occurred against Efes Pilsen. In 2004-05, he also appeared in seven YUBA Liga games, averaging 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds in 4.4 minutes a contest.


In the Turkish Basketball League, Erden averaged 6.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.4 minutes a contest. He had a high of 14 points at Fenerbahçe Ülker and scored in double figures seven times. He also contributed 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 9.1 minutes a contest in nine Euroleague games.


Erden played 16.1 minutes a game, averaged 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in Turkish League play, registering a high of 10 points against Galatasaray Café Crown. In the Euroleague, Semih added 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per match.


Erden averaged 7.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 19.5 minutes a game in Turkish League play, scoring in double figures six times with a high of 15 points against CASA TED Kolejliler. During the season though, he missed a number of games due to a knee injury. In the Euroleague, he added 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19.3 minutes a contest, scored in double figures three times and posting high of 15 points against Panathinaikos BC.


Erden was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 60th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.[1] Erden was still under a one-year contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker[4] and did not join the roster in 2008–09. He was seen by Celtics general manager Danny Ainge as their first-round pick in 2009.[5]

Turkish national team

Erden is a regular player on the Turkish national team. His first international experience came in the 2005 U20 European Championships held in Moscow. He averaged 10.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in seven games for Turkey. In the 2006 U20 European Championships, held in Izmir, Turkey, Erden helped lead Turkey to a silver medal, averaging 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in eight games. In the same year, he earned a spot on the Turkish team for the 2006 World Championship in Japan. He contributed 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds a game. In the 2007 European Championship in Spain, Erden averaged 1.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in his five games.

Career highlights


  1. ^ a b Julian Benbow, Taking a shot with J.R., The Boston Globe, June 27, 2008.
  2. ^ (Turkish) Two basketballers drafted by NBA teams
  3. ^ (Turkish) Two canaries drafted
  4. ^ Baxter Holmes, Celtics introduce latest draft picks, The Boston Globe, July 1, 2008.
  5. ^ Steve Bulpett, Celts drafting offseason plan, Boston Herald, June 28, 2008.
  6. ^ (Turkish) Omer Asik and Semih Erden draft picks
  7. ^ (Turkish) Semih Erden drafted by The Champion

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