Kenan Sipahi

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Kenan Sipahi
Kenan Sipahi.JPG
Sipahi with the Fenerbahçe in December 2013.
Beşiktaş
Position Point guard
League Turkish Basketball Super League
Champions League
Personal information
Born (1995-05-26) May 26, 1995 (age 22)
Priština, FR Yugoslavia
Nationality Turkish
Listed height 6 ft 5.75 in (1.97 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2013 Tofaş Bursa
2013–2016 Fenerbahçe
2015–2016 Pınar Karşıyaka
2016–present Beşiktaş
Career highlights and awards

Kenan Sipahi (Albanian: Kenan Spahiu, born May 26, 1995) is a Turkish-Kosovar professional basketball player who plays for Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL). The point guard of Kosovar descent stands at 6 ft 5.75 in (1.97 m).

Early years[edit]

Sipahi started playing basketball in Bursa at the age of 11 and quickly became a top-level prospect in the country at 15.

Professional career[edit]

He made his professional debut in the Turkish League with Tofaş Bursa during the 2010–11 season. He was already playing regularly at the age of 16.

Sipahi made his breakthrough in a 2012-13 season. He played plenty of minutes in the league and EuroChallenge. On January 15, 2013, he scored a game winning three-pointer against Khimik. He averaged 7 points and 2.7 assists in 32 league games.

On September 2, 2013, he signed a three-year contract with option to extend for one season with Fenerbahçe.[1][2] At the age of 19, he made the roster of Fenerbahçe in the Euroleague. In February 2014, he had season-ending injury, after breaking his arm in Turkish Cup game against Trabzonspor.[3] In his first Euroleague season with the team, he averaged 2.7 points, 1.1 assists and 1 rebound over 15 games.

On September 30, 2015, he was loaned to Pınar Karşıyaka for one season.[4] Over the season, he averaged 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the Turkish League, while also having career-high averages of 5.3 points and 3.7 assists in the Euroleague. On July 1, 2016, he was released from Fenerbahçe.[5]

On July 13, 2016, he signed a one-year contract with Beşiktaş.[6]

Turkish national team[edit]

Sipahi is a regular Turkish youth national team player. He helped Turkey's U-18 national team win the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where he was named to the MVP and All-Tournament Team, averaging 10.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.0 assists.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Fenerbahçe 15 8 12.6 .517 .364 .700 1.0 1.1 .5 .1 2.7 2.1
2014–15 22 11 9.8 .318 .192 .750 .8 .7 .4 .0 1.6 .2
2015–16 Karşıyaka 10 5 18.9 .358 .200 .688 1.1 3.7 .9 .0 5.3 6.1
Career 47 24 12.6 .381 .228 .700 .9 1.4 .5 .0 2.8 2.0

Accomplishments and awards[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fenerbahce Ulker sign Kenan Sipahi". sportando.net. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fenerbahçe Ülker’de 3 yeni isim". fenerbahce.org (in Turkish). 2 July 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fenerbahce Ulker loses Sipahi for 3 months". euroleague.net. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Fenerbahce officially loans Kenan Sipahi to Pinar Karsiyaka". sportando.com. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Infırmation about Kenan Sipahi contract
  6. ^ "Kenan Sipahi Beşiktaş Sompo Japan'da". bjk.com.tr (in Turkish). 13 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

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