Türkcan with Fenerbahçe
|No. 6, 16|
June 7, 1976 |
Novi Pazar, Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Pro playing career||1993–2012|
|1999–2000||New York Knicks|
|2000–2001||Paris Basket Racing|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Born in Novi Pazar, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia as Mirsad Jahović, he moved to play basketball in Turkey. At the same time, he also obtained Turkish citizenship and started playing international basketball for Turkey. In 1999, he became the first Turkish basketball player to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is also the all time best rebounder of the Euroleague with 1,287 rebounds.
In the Euroleague, Türkcan amassed total of 48 double doubles and was one of only three players to record a 20-point, 20-rebound game. He led the Euroleague in rebounding three times, and finished second or third another three times. He was nominated for the Euroleague 2001–10 All-Decade Team, but did not make the final list.
He grew up with Efes Pilsen's junior team. He made his professional debut with Efes Pilsen during the 1994–95 season. He won two Turkish League championships in the 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons with Efes Pilsen.
Türkcan was selected by the Houston Rockets in the 1998 NBA Draft. A few days after the draft night, he said in an interview: "This is a big step for me, but I played in Turkey and I am the first Turkish player to come into the NBA. This is very important for me, for my family and for my country." Because of the 1998–99 NBA lockout, he returned to Istanbul, continuing to play for Efes Pilsen. Later, his rights were traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in January 1999, and then to the New York Knicks in March. He eventually signed with the Knicks and debuted in the 1999-00 season, in which he played only 7 games. Waived in February of 2000, he finished his NBA adventure playing 10 games for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Return to Europe
In January of 2001, he moved to France, signing for the remainder of the season with Paris Basket Racing. He then signed a contract with CSKA Moscow for the 2001-02 season. He signed a contract with Montepaschi Siena for the 2002-03 season. He moved back to Russia for the 2003–04 season, signed by CSKA Moscow. Türkcan played in the 2004-05 season for the Russian team Dynamo Moscow.
In the summer of 2006, he signed a contract with the Turkish team Fenerbahçe. During the 2008-09 season, he became the first basketball player to pull down 1000 rebounds in the Euroleague history. In the summer of 2009, he extended his contract with the club for the next two seasons. In February of 2011, Türkcan ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee during the Turkish Cup final and missed the rest of the season.
In July 2012, it was reported that Türkcan would announce his retirement after 19 years of professional basketball. Türkcan ended his playing career with a farewell exhibition game in September 2012.
|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||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
|Led the league|
NBA regular season
Turkish national team
Türkcan was a member of the Turkish national team which won silver medals at the EuroBasket 2001. He also played for the Turkish national team at EuroBasket 1995, EuroBasket 1997, EuroBasket 1999, the 2002 FIBA World Championship, EuroBasket 2003 and EuroBasket 2005.
On December 18, 2005, Mirsad married then 19-year-old Dina Džanković, his girlfriend of five months and 2005 Miss Serbia and Montenegro. They have three children together; two girls, Naba and Karia, and a boy, Nusret. The couple reportedly separated in 2011.
His sister Emina Jahović (known as Emina Sandal in Turkey) is a famous pop singer in southeastern Europe and the wife of a famous Turkish singer, Mustafa Sandal. Türkcan is known to have financially helped jump start her recording career.
Türkcan is of Bosniak descent.
Awards and accomplishments
- Best Turkish Junior Player (1994)
- Rebound leader of the European Junior Championship in Israel (1994)
- Best Turkish Player Under-22 (1995)
- Rebound leader of the European Championship Under-22 in Turkey (1996)
- Best rebounder of the Eurobasket (1997)
- Turkish Playoff MVP (1997)
- Rebound leader of the Turkish League (1998)
- Euroleague Regular Season MVP (2002)
- Euroleague Top 16 MVP (2003)
- 3x Rebound leader of the Euroleague (2002, 2003, 2004)
- Rebound leader of the World Championship (2002)
- Second-team in World Championship (2002)
- Rebound leader of the Italian League (2003)
- Rebound leader of the Russian League (2005)
- Korać Cup (1996)
- 2x Euroleague Final Four (2003, 2004)
- 8x Turkish Basketball League (1994, 1996, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
- 6x Turkish Cup (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2010, 2011)
- 5x Turkish Super Cup: (1993, 1996, 1998, 2006, 2007)
- Russian Championship (2004)
- "Rockets rookie will be first Turkish NBA player". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Euroleague statistical records". Euroleague. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "EUROLEAGUE ALL-DECADE CANDIDATE: Mirsad Turkcan". Euroleague.
- "Turkcan, Mirsad Profile". Euroleague.
- "Mirsad Turkcan". Draft Spotlight. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Mirsad Turkcan returning home to Efes Pilsen". hurriyetdailynews.com. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- Isola, Frank. "You Can Waive Goodbye To Turkcan". articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "TURKCAN à PARIS !!!". bleublancturc.com. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- Mirsad writes his name on Euroleague history
- "Türkcan makes Euroleague history, Fener routs Roma". sundayszaman.com. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Mirsad Turkcan pulls 1000th rebound!". Euroleague. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Mirsad Turkcan renews with Fenerbahce". talkbasket.net. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "FB Ulker loses Turkcan for season, re-call Mahalbasic". Sportando. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Mirsad Turkcan will announce his retirement on July 21". Sportando. Salsabasket. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- "Rebounding king Turkcan to play farewell game". Euroleague. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- Kurir, December 17, 2005
- (Turkish)Mirsad Türkcan 3. kez baba oldu
- Razveli se Mirsad Turkdžan i Dina Džanković!;January 2012
|a.||^ Serbian spelling: Мирсад Туркџан, Mirsad Turkdžan. He was born as Мирсад Јаховић, Mirsad Jahović.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mirsad Türkcan.|
- Player profile on fenerbahce.org
- Player profile on euroleague.net
- NBA.com profile
- Euroleague.net profile