Semih Erden

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Semih Erden
Semih Erden at the awarding ceremony of the 2010 FIBA World Championship
No. 9 – Bursaspor İnfo Yatırım
LeagueBasketbol Süper Ligi
Champions League
Personal information
Born (1986-07-28) July 28, 1986 (age 37)
Istanbul, Turkey
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2008: 2nd round, 60th overall pick
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career2003–present
Number9, 86, 13
Career history
2010–2011Boston Celtics
20112012Cleveland Cavaliers
2012–2014Anadolu Efes
2017Hacettepe Üniversitesi
2018–2019İstanbul BŞB
2019–2022Pınar Karşıyaka
2022–2023Türk Telekom
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at
Stats at
Men's basketball
Representing  Turkey
FIBA World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2010 Turkey
European U-18 Championship
Silver medal – second place 2004 Spain Under-18

Semih Erden (born July 28, 1986) is a Turkish professional basketball player for Bursaspor İnfo Yatırım of the Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL) and the Basketball Champions League (BCL). Standing at 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), he plays at the center position.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

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 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 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[1] 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.[2]

On July 5, 2010, Celtics signed Erden to a one-year minimum contract with a team option for 2011–12.[3]

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 February 24, 2011, Erden was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with teammate Luke Harangody in exchange for a second-round draft pick.[4]

On June 30, 2012, the Cavaliers extended a qualifying offer to Erden, thus making him a restricted free agent.[5]

Return to Europe[edit]

On September 21, 2011, Erden signed with the Turkish club Beşiktaş until the end of the 2011 NBA lockout. He played alongside New Jersey Nets All-Star Deron Williams.[6]

On November 22, 2011, Erden suffered a broken finger in a Eurochallenge game.[7]

On July 3, 2012, he signed a two-year contract with Anadolu Efes.[8] On May 26, 2014, he parted ways with Efes.[9]

On August 1, 2014, he returned to Fenerbahçe signing a one-year deal.[10] In 2014–15 season, Fenerbahçe advanced to the Euroleague Final Four for the first time in team's history.[11] On May 15, 2015, however, they lost in the semifinal game to Real Madrid with 87–96.[12]

In August 2015, Erden signed a one-year deal with his former club Darüşşafaka.[13] On August 26, 2016, he re-signed with Darüşşafaka.[14] On February 6, 2017, he was waived by Darüşşafaka.[15]

On October 6, 2017, Erden signed a temporary contract with ABEL team Hacettepe Üniversitesi GSK in order to keep him able to sign a loan deal in BSL.[16] On October 26, 2017, he signed a 1+1 deal with Beşiktaş.[17]

On October 2, 2018, Erden signed a one-year contract with BSL side İstanbul BŞB.[18]

On August 20, 2019, he has signed with 2-year deal with Pınar Karşıyaka of the Turkish Basketball Super League.[19] Erden averaged over 8 points and 4 rebounds in EuroCup in the 2019-20 season. On August 12, 2020, he extended his contract until 2022.[20]

On July 10, 2022, he has signed with Türk Telekom of the Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL).[21]

On September 23, 2023, he signed with Bursaspor İnfo Yatırım of the Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL).[22]

Career statistics[edit]

  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  Bold  Career high


Regular season[edit]

2010–11 Boston 37 7 14.4 .598 .000 .630 2.9 .5 .4 .6 4.1
2010–11 Cleveland 4 1 16.0 .286 .000 .833 2.8 .3 .5 .8 3.3
2011–12 Cleveland 28 9 11.9 .527 .000 .512 2.6 .3 .4 .2 3.5
Career 69 17 13.4 .546 .000 .594 2.8 .4 .4 .4 3.8

National team career[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Some of Erden's ancestors are of Bosniak origin.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baxter Holmes, Celtics introduce latest draft picks, The Boston Globe, July 1, 2008.
  2. ^ Steve Bulpett, Celts drafting offseason plan, Boston Herald, June 28, 2008.
  3. ^ "Celtics sign Semih Erden". 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  4. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Erden and Harangody from Boston for Future Second Round Pick". 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  5. ^ "Cavaliers Extend Qualifying Offers to Erden, Gee and Harangody". 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  6. ^ "Semih Erden Beşiktaş'ta".
  7. ^ "Beşiktaş'ta Semih Erden şoku".
  8. ^ Anadolu Efes officially announce Semih Erden
  9. ^ "Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Semih Erden part ways". Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Fenerbahce puts Erden in the paint again". Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Fenerbahce for the first time in the Final Four". 20 April 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Real Madrid heads to third straight final after beating Fenerbahce". 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Darussaka Dogus reportedly signed Semih Erden to a one-year deal".
  14. ^ "Semih Erden officially re-signs with Darussafaka Dogus".
  15. ^ "Darussafaka Dogus officially waived Semih Erden". Eurohoops. February 6, 2017.
  16. ^ Semih Erden Ankara Yerel Ligi'nde (in Turkish)
  17. ^ Besiktas signs Semih Erden to a 1+1 deal
  18. ^ "Milli Basketbolcunun yeni adresi belli oldu". 2 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Semih Erden inks a 2-year contract with Pinar Karsikaya". Sportando. August 20, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  20. ^ "Pinar Karsiyaka extend Semih Erden until 2022". Sportando. August 12, 2020. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  21. ^ "Semih Erden resmen Telekom'da" (in Turkish). basketfaul. July 10, 2022. Retrieved July 10, 2022.
  22. ^ "İşte Semih Erden'in Yeni Adresi" (in Turkish). basketfaul. September 23, 2023. Retrieved September 23, 2023.
  23. ^ "Son Dakika".

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