Alperen Şengün is a professional NBA player who recently played for the Houston Rockets as the center player. He was also one of the representatives of the Turkish Junior Under-16 National Team and in 2020, the Turkish National Team announced that he will be playing at the 2022 EuroBasket Qualifiers.
Sengun’s Early Career
Sengun was born in Turkey. Although his parents wanted him to become a swimmer, he insisted to become a basketball player instead, as he drew inspiration from his older brother. At 8 years old, he began learning basketball while competing for swimming.
He joined the Giresym University’s youth system in 2021 until 2014. He was eventually discovered by Ahmet Gurgen and convinced to join a Turkish club called Bandirme. In 2014, Sengun signed with the Banvit, leading them to win the Turkish Basketball Junior League Championship.
Professional Basketball Career
Before he signed for the Houston Rockets, he played for some Turkish professional clubs. In 2018, he joined the Bandirma Kirmizi, where he averaged 10.8 points with 0.7 blocks and 6.8 rebounds. In 2019, he signed with the Teksut Bandirma, where he played 22 games and averaged only 5.0 points per game. He also made an appearance in the FIBA Champions League, where he averaged 6.6 points per game.
In 2020, he signed with Besiktas, and his performance drastically improved, as he averaged 18.6 points with 8.9 rebounds. This earned him a ticket to join the FIBA Europe Cup and averaged 23.0 points.
By 2021, he joined the NBA Draft and was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder, however, he was traded to the Houston Rockets. He averaged 15 points during his debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers and won in 84-76.
Rockets’ Experiment with Sengun
Sengun is often paired with Christian Wood, as they became the lifesaver of the team when the team is struggling on the boards. Sengun mentioned in an interview that he likes playing with Wood because he has better communication with him and he was able to utilize his passing skill. At the age of 19, the Rockets still have a lot of plans for him that could boost his potential and development.
- 2020–2021 - Beşiktaş
- 2021–present - Houston Rockets
- 2019 Turkish Junior League Champion
- 2021 Turkish League Most ValuablePlayer