May 13, 1990 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||254 lb (115 kg)|
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall|
|Selected by the Brooklyn Nets|
|Pro playing career||2007–present|
On August 17, 2012, he signed a three-year contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker. In the 2012-13 season Karaman played in 29 games for Fenerbahçe in the Turkish Basketball League and 22 games in the Euroleague. 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. On July 1, 2014, he parted ways with Fenerbahçe.
He was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 57th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. 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.
Turkish national team
- "İlkan Karaman Fenerbahçe Ülker’de". Fenerbahçe Ülker. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- Ilkan Karaman basketball profile at Eurobasket.com
- Brooklyn Nets other "Euro-Stash" talks about his dream of playing in the NBA, his injury from Netsdaily, December 8, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
- Fenerbahce officially part ways with Kleiza, Karaman, McCalebb, Ermis
- "Nets Acquire Three in 2012 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
- Taylor highlights busy Nets draft night by Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York, June 29, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
- Cavs Complete Three-Team Trade with Nets and Celtics