İlkan Karaman

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İlkan Karaman
İstanbul BB
Position Power forward
League BSL
Personal information
Born (1990-05-13) May 13, 1990 (age 27)
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
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2011 Tofaş Bursa
2011–2012 Pınar Karşıyaka
2012–2014 Fenerbahçe
2015–2016 Acıbadem Üniversitesi
2016–2017 Beşiktaş
2017–present İstanbul BB
Career highlights and awards

İlkan Karaman (born May 13, 1990) is a Turkish professional basketball player for İstanbul BB of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL).

Professional career[edit]

Karaman 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, Karaman signed a three-year contract with Fenerbahçe.[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]

On October 14, 2015, Karaman signed with Acıbadem Üniversitesi of the Turkish Basketball Second League.[5]

On September 1, 2016, he signed with Beşiktaş for the 2016–17 season.[6]

On July 12, 2017, Karaman signed with İstanbul BB.[7]


Karaman was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 57th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.[8] 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.[9]

On July 10, 2014, Karaman's rights were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[10]

Turkish national team[edit]

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


  1. ^ "İlkan Karaman Fenerbahçe Ülker’de". Fenerbahçe Ülker. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ilkan Karaman basketball profile at". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Fenerbahce officially part ways with Kleiza, Karaman, McCalebb, Ermis". 1 July 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ilkan Karaman signs with Acibadem Universitesi". 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Besiktas inks Ilkan Karaman to a one-year deal". 1 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ilkan Karaman inks with Istanbul BB". 12 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Nets Acquire Three in 2012 NBA Draft". June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ Taylor highlights busy Nets draft night by Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York, June 29, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  10. ^ "Jarrett Jack of Cleveland Cavaliers headed to Brooklyn Nets, with Boston Celtics also part of trade". 10 July 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 

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