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Hidayet_Türkoğlu

Hidayet Türkoğlu

Hidayet Türkoğlu, commonly referred to as Hedo Turkoglu (born March 19, 1979, in Gaziosmanpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey.

He stands tall and plays in the small forward position. He is a solid shooter inside and outside of the three point line and is a versatile player who has played four positions from point guard to power forward during his career.

NBA career

Before coming to the NBA, Türkoğlu cited Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill, Scottie Pippen, Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell as his favorite players. He was selected with the 16th pick by the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft from one of Istanbul's and Turkey's top clubs, Efes Pilsen.

He was a finalist for the league's Sixth Man of the Year Award in his sophomore season after averaging 10.1 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game coming off the bench. His name also inspired a Burger King menu called Hido Menu in Turkey during the first years of his NBA career.

In 2003 Türkoğlu was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in a three-team trade that sent Brad Miller of the Indiana Pacers to the Kings while Indiana acquired Scot Pollard from the Kings and Danny Ferry from the Spurs; the Spurs also acquired Ron Mercer from the Pacers. He signed with the Orlando Magic when he became a free agent in 2004. At the same time he is a player for the Turkish national basketball team. Both on April 4, 2007 and March 19, 2008 (on his birthday) Türkoğlu scored a career high 39 points in a loss to the Washington Wizards.

Türkoğlu has represented Turkey at all levels of international competition but declined to play in the 2006 World Basketball Championship.

On April 28, 2008, Hedo Turkoglu was given the NBA's Most Improved Player Award for the 2007-2008 NBA Season. After helping Orlando Magic to 52 wins and achieving career highs in points per game (19.5), rebounds per game (5.7) and assists per game (5.0) which is second among forwards next only to LeBron James in a career-high 82 games(starting in all of them).

NBA career statistics

Regular season

|- | align="left" | 2000–01 | align="left" | Sacramento | 74 || 7 || 16.8 || .412 || .326 || .777 || 2.8 || .9 || .7 || .3 || 5.3 |- | align="left" | 2001–02 | align="left" | Sacramento | 80 || 10 || 24.6 || .422 || .368 || .726 || 4.5 || 2.0 || .7 || .4 || 10.1 |- | align="left" | 2002–03 | align="left" | Sacramento | 67 || 11 || 17.5 || .422 || .372 || .800 || 2.8 || 1.3 || .4 || .2 || 6.7 |- | align="left" | 2003–04 | align="left" | San Antonio | 80 || 44 || 25.9 || .406 || .419 || .708 || 4.5 || 1.9 || 1.0 || .4 || 9.2 |- | align="left" | 2004–05 | align="left" | Orlando | 67 || 11 || 26.2 || .419 || .380 || .836 || 3.5 || 2.3 || .6 || .3 || 14.0 |- | align="left" | 2005–06 | align="left" | Orlando | 78 || 59 || 33.5 || .454 || .403 || .861 || 4.3 || 2.8 || .9 || .3 || 14.9 |- | align="left" | 2006–07 | align="left" | Orlando | 73 || 73 || 31.1 || .419 || .388 || .781 || 4.0 || 3.2 || 1.0 || .2 || 13.3 |- | align="left" | 2007–08 | align="left" | Orlando | 82 || 82 || 36.9 || .456 || .400 || .829 || 5.7 || 5.0 || .9 || .3 || 19.5 |- | align="left" | Career | align="left" | | 601 || 297 || 26.8 || .431 || .391 || .799 || 4.1 || 2.5 || .8 || .3 || 11.7 |}

Playoffs

|- | align="left" | 2000–01 | align="left" | Sacramento | 8 || 0 || 17.6 || .435 || .571 || 1.000 || 3.5 || 1.4 || .4 || .1 || 7.5 |- | align="left" | 2001–02 | align="left" | Sacramento | 16 || 8 || 27.7 || .401 || .353 || .516 || 5.2 || 1.4 || .4 || .6 || 8.6 |- | align="left" | 2002–03 | align="left" | Sacramento | 10 || 5 || 17.4 || .360 || .286 || .722 || 2.9 || 1.4 || 1.2 || .5 || 5.3 |- | align="left" | 2003–04 | align="left" | San Antonio | 10 || 10 || 27.1 || .321 || .333 || .611 || 4.5 || 1.5 || .9 || .1 || 7.7 |- | align="left" | 2006–07 | align="left" | Orlando | 4 || 4 || 39.0 || .500 || .333 || .500 || 3.3 || 3.5 || 1.2 || 1.0 || 13.8 |- | align="left" | 2007–08 | align="left" | Orlando | 10 || 10 || 39.9 || .447 || .286 || .848 || 6.4 || 5.5 || .8 || .2 || 17.5 |- | align="left" | Career | align="left" | | 58 || 37 || 27.3 || .410 || .345 || .721 || 4.5 || 2.3 || .7 || .4 || 9.6 |}

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