Turkey Basketball, or the Turkey Men’s National Basketball Team, is the representative of Turkey when it comes to international basketball tournaments. They are owned and managed by the Turkish Basketball Federation, and they are usually composed of 12 giant men. Turkey Basketball is known to compete in several prestigious tournaments, such as the FIBA World Cup and EuroBasket.
The History of Turkey Basketball
Basketball is very popular in Turkey in the 1930s, and it was Ahmet Robenson who became the first organizer of Turkey Basketball. When Turkey basketball gained popularity across the country, they started competing in tournaments, such as the 1981 Balkan Championship and 1987 Mediterranean Games, where they have clinched the gold medal. In the 1949s, they entered the EuroBasket, which earned them a gold medal.
Notable Success in the Turkey Basketball
The Turkey National Team has achieved a lot of home events, such as winning the silver medals in 2001 and a gold medal 2010 World Cup. As of the writing, Turkey ranked 15th in the FIBA World team.
Notable Players in Turkey Basketball
One of the best players is Hedo Turkoglu, who is known as the best progressing and season player since the 2008 Turkey basketball season. He was also part of the Cup of Turkey twice, and in 2016, he became president of the Turkish Basketball Federation. Mehmet Okur had joined NBA, where he became the Turkish to involve in the NBA’s All-Star Game and Championship. Lastly, Ersan Ilyasova is a World Cup silver medalist and had garnered 8299 points in 12 seasons. He is currently playing with the Milwaukee Bucks.