DO YOU KNOW HEDO TURKOGLU?
Here are five things you may or may not know about Clippers forward Hedo Turkoglu:
1. Turkoglu played for the Turkish National Team for three straight summers from 2003-05 and again in 2009. A year later, he helped Turkey to a runner-up finish to the United States during the 2010 FIBA World Championships in his home nation.
2. Turkoglu was the first Turkish-born player in NBA history. He was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the first round (16th overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft and was named a member of the All-Rookie Second Team. Since Turkoglu played his first game there have been seven other Turkish players appear in at least one game, including active players Omer Asik, Ersan Ilyasova and Enes Kanter.
3. Turkoglu captured the 2007-08 NBA’s Most Improved Player Award. During that same season was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice (periods ending Jan. 27, 2008 and Feb. 3, 2008). It was the first time in Magic history a player had earned Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks.
4. His signing with the Kings was made national headlines in Turkey, including a live televised press conference.
5. The 35-year-old forward and current teammate J.J. Redick were part of the Orlando Magic team that played for the NBA Finals during the 2008-09 season. Turkoglu also played with current Clippers teammates Jared Dudley on the Suns and Glen Davis during his second stint in Orlando.