Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday, we talked about Thaddeus Young. Today we meet the real reason the Sixers traded for Royce White, Turkish forward Furkan Aldemir.
Name: Furkan Aldemir
Number: None, he isn’t even really on the team.
College: None, played professionally in Turkey
2013-14 Salary : He doesn’t have a contract with the Sixers.
2012-13 Stats (playing for Galatasaray Istanbul) 13.2 MPG, 3.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.5 BPG
How Acquired: Traded to the Sixers along with Royce White by the Houston Rockets for Future Draft Considerations
Pros: Scouts say he’s tough and he likes to get dirty and rebound. Playing professionally, he has gotten used to a pick and roll game which is always beneficial in the NBA. He’s strong around the rim and puts back offensive rebounds well. Follow the link for more about his strengths. He had a strong showing at last year’s Euro Cup, and is young, so if he joins the team, he could be a long-term project who shows good results (maybe).
Cons: Again, according to scouts, he isn’t very athletic and is not a great offensive player. He doesn’t shoot well, so get those comparisons to Hedo Torkoglu out of your head. Also, probably most importantly, the Sixers only own his rights at this time. He is playing professionally in his native Turkey and has been traded twice, once by the Clippers who drafted him and again by the Rockets. Sam Hinkie is obviously high on him, as he’s traded for him both times. There doesn’t seem to be much known about how much he wants to come to America to play in the NBA.
Watch these clips, that’s all I got.
Tomorrow: Jason Richardson