Beşiktaş J.K. (men's basketball)

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Beşiktaş Sompo Japan
Beşiktaş Sompo Japan logo
Nickname Kara Kartallar (The Black Eagles)
Leagues Turkish League
Turkish Cup
Founded 1933
History Beşiktaş J.K.
Arena Sinan Erdem Dome
Arena Capacity 16,500
Location İstanbul, Turkey
Team colors Black and White
President Fikret Orman
Team manager Cengiz Üçyürek
Head coach Ufuk Sarıca
Championships 2 Turkish Championships
1 Turkish Cup
1 Turkish President's Cup
1 EuroChallenge
Retired numbers 1 (8)
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Beşiktaş Basketbol is a Turkish professional basketball team from the city of İstanbul. The team formed in 1933 as the basketball section of Beşiktaş JK, which was founded in 1953. The team competes in the Turkish Basketball Super League and in the Eurocup.


The club's basketball section started out in the year 1933, before being halted in 1936, and then resuming once again in 1940. Since then, Beşiktaş has played in the first Turkish Basketball League, in every season, except in the 1988–89 season, due to their relegation to the TB2L after the 1987–88 season. The club won the Turkish Basketball League under the management of Ateş Çubukçu and Tom Davis in 1974–75 season.

In October 2010, Beşiktaş announced the biggest transfer in the history of the club's basketball department, with the signing of the former NBA MVP Allen Iverson. Iverson signed a 2-year $4 million net income contract.

In July 2011, NBA All-Star Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets, announced he would play for Beşiktaş, due to the 2011 NBA lockout. His $5 million net income contract included a clause that would enable him to return to the NBA during the regular season, if an agreement was made between the owners and players association.

When the lockout finished, Williams was replaced by Carlos Arroyo. Arroyo led the team to the Turkish Cup championship in February 2012. In April 2012, the team won the 3rd-tier EuroChallenge final against Elan Chalon. After the EuroChallenge championship, the team won the Turkish Basketball League finals against Anadolu Efes. On September 30, 2012, the team won the Turkish President's Cup against Anadolu Efes.

Sponsorship naming[edit]

Beşiktaş has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship;



Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Beşiktaş men's basketball roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 5 Turkey Güler, Muratcan (C) 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 36 – (1980-02-25)25 February 1980
G 7 Turkey Taşkıran, Berkay 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 19 – (1997-01-17)17 January 1997
G/F 11 Turkey Akyol, Cenk 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 29 – (1987-04-16)16 April 1987
PF 65 Turkey Şenli, Doğan 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 24 – (1992-07-16)16 July 1992
F United States Weems, Kyle 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 26 – (1989-08-23)23 August 1989
PG United States Thompson, Michael 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 27 – (1989-02-02)2 February 1989
SG United States Roll, Michael 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 29 – (1987-04-12)12 April 1987
G/F United States Strawberry, D. J. 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 31 – (1985-06-15)15 June 1985
Head coach
Team manager
  • Turkey Cengiz Üçyürek

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: July 15, 2016

Depth Chart[edit]


Squad Changes for the 2016–17 Season[edit]



Notable players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]


National competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]

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