FIBA World Cup Preview: Team Turkey

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Members of the 2010 Turkish national team acknowledge the home crowd after taking a silver medal at the FIBA World Championships. (Photo by Christopher Johnson. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.)

Members of the 2010 Turkish national team acknowledge the home crowd after taking a silver medal at the FIBA World Championships. (Photo by Christopher Johnson. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.)

Turkey comes into the FIBA World Cup seeded sixth and comes in off a surprising silver medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

But this year’s entry is missing some key parts from that 2010 squad—namely NBA players Hedo Turkoglu, Ersan Ilyasova and Semih Erden. Enes Kanter, another current NBA player, is also not participating.

The Turks’ lone NBA player this time around is New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik. But there is also some young blood on the squad in 23-year-old big man Furkan Aldemir and 19-year-old swingman Cedi Osman.

There is also a different coach—Ergin Ataman takes the reins for Turkey in 2014 after Bogdan Tanjevic led the national team in 2010.

That silver medal in 2010 is the only time Turkey—nicknamed the “12 Giant Men”—has medaled in world-wide competition. In two previous FIBA World Championships, Turkey finished sixth in 2006 and ninth in 2002 and Turkey hasn’t qualified for the Olympic Games since 1952.

The Turks have also only medaled once in FIBA EuroBasket play, taking silver in 2001.

We’ll look at Turkey’s 2014 FIBA World Cup team, examining their schedule in group play as well as their starting five and the bench.

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