Semih Erden at the awarding ceremony of the 2010 FIBA World Championship
|No. 9 – Anadolu Efes Istanbul|
|League||Turkish Basketball League
July 28, 1986 |
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (213 cm)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Pro playing career||2003–present|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Semih Erden (born July 28, 1986) is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for Anadolu Efes Istanbul of the Turkish Basketball League. Standing at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), he plays at the center position.
Erden played with Darüşşafaka in the Turkish Basketball League in 2003-04 season, appeared in one game in which he recorded one point and two rebounds. He spent the majority of the season playing with the Darüşşafaka junior team.
Next season, Erden played with Partizan Belgrade in the Adriatic League and averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. He scored in double figures twice, tallying a high of 17 points against KK Hemofarm. He contributed 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 12.5 minutes a contest in the Euroleague. His highest scoring game of 10 points occurred against Efes Pilsen. In 2004–05, he also appeared in seven Yugoslav Basketball League games, averaging 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds in 4.4 minutes a contest.
In 2005, he signed with Fenerbahçe Ülker of 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.
In his second season with Fenerbahçe, 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.
In third season 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 Athens.
Erden was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 60th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Erden was still under a one-year contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker 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.
On July 5, 2010, Celtics signed Erden to a one-year minimum contract with a team option for 2011–12.
With Boston centers Shaquille O'Neal, Kendrick Perkins and Jermaine O'Neal out with injuries, Erden earned his first career start on December 9, 2010 against the Philadelphia 76ers. He scored 8 points in 18 minutes in a 102–101 victory. Two nights later, Erden started for the second time in a 93–62 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. In that game Erden played a game-high 41 minutes recording 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and a plus/minus rating of +34.
On June 30, 2012, the Cavaliers extended a qualifying offer to Erden, thus making him a restricted free agent.
Return to Europe
On November 22, 2011, Erden suffered a broken finger in a Eurochallenge game.
NBA career statistics
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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.
- Second place of Europe (2004) with U18 team
- Second place of Europe with U21 team
- 6th of World Cup with Turkey national basketball team
- Serbian Basketball League Champion (2005) with KK Partizan
- Turkish Basketball League Champion (2007) with Fenerbahçe
- Turkish President's Cup Champion (2007) with Fenerbahçe
- Turkish Basketball League Champion (2008) with Fenerbahçe
- Turkish League All-Star Game honors in 2007 and 2008.
- Turkish Basketball League Champion (2010) with Fenerbahçe
- 2010 World Cup runner-up with Turkey national basketball team
- Baxter Holmes, Celtics introduce latest draft picks, The Boston Globe, July 1, 2008.
- Steve Bulpett, Celts drafting offseason plan, Boston Herald, June 28, 2008.
- "Celtics sign Semih Erden". NBA.com. 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
- "Cavaliers Acquire Erden and Harangody from Boston for Future Second Round Pick". NBA.com. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
- "Cavaliers Extend Qualifying Offers to Erden, Gee and Harangody". NBA.com. 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
- (Turkish)Semih Erden Beşiktaş'ta
- (Turkish)Beşiktaş'ta Semih Erden şoku
- Anadolu Efes officially announce Semih Erden
- "Turkey Roster". FIBA Europe. 2004-07-20. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
- Semih Erden Draft 2008 Profile @ NBA.com
- Player Profile At Euroleague.net
- Semih Erden Player Info @ DraftExpress.com
- (Turkish) Player Profile At Fenerbahce.org
- (Turkish) Player Profile At TBL.org
- TBLStat Profile