WorldFirsts, records and unforgettables of Turkish basketball

Firsts, records and unforgettables of Turkish basketball


The Basketball Super League, which contains many first and interesting records in Turkish basketball, is entering its 56th year.

In the remaining 55 seasons of the league, there were many unforgettable records and firsts.

Experienced head coach Ergin Ataman, who runs Anadolu Efes, broke new ground in Turkish basketball history.

Having won the championship with Efes Pilsen (Anadolu Efes), Beşiktaş Milangaz and Galatasaray Medical Park, Ataman became the first and only coach to win the league with 3 different teams.

Ergin Ataman, the first Turkish coach to coach teams in professional leagues in Europe, also made history as the first coach to win a championship with two of the “Big Three” (Beşiktaş and Galatasaray) in the Basketball Super League.

Ataman, who coached Italy’s Montepaschi Siena team in the 2001-2002 season and won the European Raimundo Saporta Cup in his first season, took his place in history as the first and only Turkish coach to lift this cup.

Ataman, who won the Europa League last season with Anadolu Efes, became the first and only Turkish coach to win the championship in this organization.

Ataman, who played in the European League Final Four in Montepaschi Siena in the 2002-2003 season and won the third place in Europe, became the first Turkish coach to win the third place with a foreign team in this cup.

Erman Kunter’s record still has not been broken

Erman Kunter, one of the most important stars of Turkish basketball history, holds the title of the player with the highest score in a match with 153 points.

Playing in Fenerbahce, Kunter broke the record by scoring 153 points in the match where the yellow-dark blue team defeated Hilalspor 175-101 in 1988, and went down in history as the basketball player who produced the most points in a single period with 81 points in the first half.

Kunter also broke new ground as a coach by making Cholet the champion of the French First Basketball League in 2009-2010. Kunter became the first and only Turkish coach to win a league championship at the head of a foreign team.

Budanur’s record

Beşiktaş’s Hüdai Budanur has a hard-to-break record.

Beşiktaş beat İstanbul Karagücü 110-56 in the İstanbul League match held at İstanbul Sports and Exhibition Center in 1957, while Budanur scored 110 points for the black and white team.

Fenerbahce, the first Turkish team to win the Europa League championship

Under the management of Serbian head coach Zeljko Obradovic, Fenerbahçe achieved great success for Turkish basketball in the THY Europa League in the 2016-2017 season.

Having reached a happy ending in the Europa League, Fenerbahçe became the first Turkish team to bring Europe’s biggest club-level trophy to its museum.

Anadolu Efes also won the Europa League last season and became the second Turkish team to win the championship in this organization.

Fenerbahçe is the first Turkish team to beat an NBA team.

Fenerbahçe became the first Turkish team to beat an NBA team.

The yellow-dark blue team defeated the Boston Celtics 97-91, hosted at Ülker Sports and Event Hall on October 5, 2012 as part of the “NBA Europe Live 2012”.

The yellow-dark blue team also became the first Turkish team to beat an NBA team in the USA. Fenerbahçe defeated the Brooklyn Nets 101-96 on October 6, 2015 at the Barclays Center in New York as part of the Europa League Basketball World Tour 2015.

Mirsad Türkcan, the first Turk in the NBA

Mirsad Türkcan made history as the first Turkish basketball player to play in the American Basketball League (NBA).

Transferred to the Houston Rockets for the first time in 1998, Mirsad did not have the chance to play much in the NBA.

Mirsad Türkcan, who played for CSKA Moscow in the 2001-2002 season, became the first Turkish basketball player to be selected as the most valuable player (MVP) in the regular season of the Europa League.

Mirsad Türkcan made history in the ULEB Europa League by exceeding the 1000 rebounds threshold in Fenerbahçe Ülker’s away match against Italy’s Lottomatica Roma on January 3, 2008. Mirsad Türkcan, the first player to reach 1000 rebounds in the European League, which has been organized in basketball since 2000, took 13 rebounds against Lottomatica Roma, bringing the total number of rebounds to 1007.

Hidayet Türkoğlu, the Turkish player who played the most in the NBA

The Turkish player who played the most in the NBA was Hidayet Türkoğlu.

Hidayet Türkoğlu, who was selected by the Sacramento Kings in 2000, performed better than Mirsad Türkcan and made history as the Turkish player who played the most in the NBA for 15 consecutive years.

Mehmet Okur, the first player to win a championship in the NBA

Mehmet Okur, who enjoyed the championship with the Detroit Pistons in the 2003-2004 season, made history as the first Turkish player to achieve this success in the NBA.

Mehmet Okur also made his mark in history as the first Turkish athlete to play an All-Star game in the history of the NBA, replacing Allen Iverson, who was previously selected for the All-Star in the Western Conference but could not play due to his injury. In the All-Star Game held on February 18, 2007 at the Thomas Mack Arena in Las Vegas, Mehmet scored 4 points, got 2 rebounds and made an assist in 14 minutes and 43 seconds.

First European Granite

Yalçın Granit was the first Turkish basketball player to transfer to Europe. Granit played for France’s Racing Paris team.

İbrahim Kutluay, who went to Greece’s AEK team in the 2000-2001 season, became the first Turkish player to be transferred to a Greek team.

İbrahim Kutluay, who won the European League championship with Panathinaikos in the 2001-2002 season, took his place in history as the first Turkish basketball player to lift this cup.

Winning the ULEB Cup with Spain’s Real Madrid team in 2007, Kerem Tunceri also became a Turkish basketball player who enjoyed the championship for the first time in this cup.

Anadolu Efes’ firsts

Efes Pilsen, which changed its name to Anadolu Efes in the 2011-2012 season, took the European Radivoj Koraç Cup to its museum in 1996 and became the first Turkish team to win a European cup in this sport.

The navy-whites also have the distinction of being the first team to reach the finals in European cups. Playing in the final of the European Clubs Cup in 1993, Anadolu Efes lost 50-48 to Greek rival Aris in Turin.

Anadolu Efes, the first Turkish team to play with the NBA team

Anadolu Efes became the first Turkish team to play with an NBA team.

The navy-whites, who went to the USA in 2006 at the invitation of the NBA, became the first Turkish team to face an NBA team, with a friendly match against the Denver Nuggets on October 11, 2006. Anadolu Efes played with the Golden State Warriors on October 13, 2006 in the second friendly match in the NBA.

Minnesota Timberwolves, the first NBA team to play in Turkey

Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the NBA teams that came to Istanbul in accordance with the agreement between the NBA and the European Basketball Leagues Association (ULEB), played a special match with Anadolu Efes on October 6, 2007.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, who came to Istanbul to participate in various events within the scope of EA Sports’ organization “NBA Europe Live Tour 2007” and continue their preparations for the new season, played a game against Anadolu Efes for the first time in an NBA team in Turkey.

Anadolu Efes also became the first Turkish team to face an NBA team in Turkey.

Recep Ankaralı made history

Turkish referee Recep Ankaralı, who served in the match between Anadolu Efes and Minnesota Timberwolves, made history.

Recep Ankaralı became the first Turkish referee to serve in a match of an NBA team. NBA referees Jack Nies and Luis Grillo from the USA managed the match with Recep Ankaralı.

Other firsts and records in Turkish basketball

– Turkey participated in the European Championship in Cairo for the first time in 1949.

– In 1951, at the 7th European Championship, Turkish referee Izzettin Somer led the final match and broke new ground in this field.

– In 1959, Turkey hosted the European Championship for the first time in its history.

– In 1961, Galatasaray defeated the Greek Olympiakos team in 2 matches in the first round of the European Champion Clubs Cup, and became the first Turkish team to advance in the European Cups.

– In 1980, Eczacıbaşı Men’s Basketball Team became the first Turkish team to reach the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

– Efe Aydan, the first Turkish player to be selected for the European Mix in 1981.

– Emir Turam, the first Turkish player to play in the NCAA play-offs with the Evansville University team in the USA.

– The first international match was played against Greece on 24 June 1936. Turkey won the match, which was held at the Beyoğlu Community Center, 49-12.

– The first official international match was played against Chile on 7 August 1936. Turkey lost the match at the Berlin Olympics 30-16.

– Fenerbahçe won the first youth Turkey championship in 1956.

– Turkey participated in the Balkan Championship for the first time in 1960 in Sofia. Turkey became the Balkan champion in 1981.

– Levent Topsakal scored 78 points in the Turkey-Ireland star national match and became the player to score the most points in a match with the national jersey.

– In the 32nd European Men’s Basketball Championship held in Turkey in 2001, the National Team came second in Europe for the first time.

– A National Men’s Basketball Team competed in the World Championship for the first time in 2002 and came 9th.

– A National Men’s Basketball Team won the silver medal at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey, and became the world’s second runner-up for the first time in its history.

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