İlkan Karaman

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İlkan Karaman
Free agent
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1990-05-13) May 13, 1990 (age 24)
İstanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Brooklyn Nets
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2011 Tofaş Bursa
2011–2012 Pınar Karşıyaka
2012–2014 Fenerbahçe Ülker

İlkan Karaman (born May 13, 1990) is a Turkish professional basketball player who last played for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL).

Professional career[edit]

He made his professional debut in the TB2L with Tofaş Bursa during the 2007-08 season. He signed a contract with Pınar Karşıyaka after playing 4 years for Tofaş Bursa.

On August 17, 2012, he signed a three-year contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker.[1] In the 2012-13 season Karaman played in 29 games for Fenerbahçe in the Turkish Basketball League and 22 games in the Euroleague.[2] In the 2013 off-season he underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees to relieve chronic patellar tendinitis, which prevented him from playing the following season.[3] On July 1, 2014, he parted ways with Fenerbahçe.[4]


He was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 57th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.[5] He became officially the first player drafted by the Nets after their move to Brooklyn (the team acquired two higher picks in exchange for cash after they were selected by other teams). After the draft the Nets general manager Billy King stated that the Nets intended for Karaman to develop his skills while continuing to play in Europe. This process (often referred to as "Euro-Stashing") allowed the Nets to retain Karaman's NBA rights without offering him a contract.[6]

On July 10, 2014, his rights were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[7]

Turkish national team[edit]

He was a regular Turkish youth national team player. He also played for Turkish national team in the EuroBasket 2013 qualification.


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