turkey The Draft Review - The Draft Review
  • League: TBL (Turkish Basketball League)
  • Continent: Europe
  • Nationality: Turkish
Country Background:
Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians. In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes. A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the People's Congress of Kurdistan or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives, but after the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey, mainly to northern Iraq. In 2004, KGK announced an end to its ceasefire and attacks attributed to the KGK increased. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community; over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy, enabling it to begin accession membership talks with the European Union.
Sources: CIA World Factbook, November 2004
(14) Draft Picks
Rd Pick Overall Year Name Pos. Drafted By
1 16 16 2021 Alperen Sengun C OK City
1 27 27 2016 Furkan Korkmaz SG Philadelphia
2 1 31 2015 Cedi Osman SG Minnesota
2 20 50 2012 Izzet Turkyilmaz PF Denver
2 23 53 2012 Furkan Aldemir PF LA Clippers
2 27 57 2012 Ilkan Karaman PF Brooklyn
1 3 3 2011 Enes Kanter C Utah
2 6 36 2008 Omer Asik C Portland
2 30 60 2008 Semih Erden C Boston
2 6 36 2005 Ersan Ilyasova SF Milwaukee
2 29 59 2005 Cenk Akyol PG Atlanta
2 9 38 2001 Mehmet Okur PF/C Detroit
1 16 16 2000 Hidayet Turkoglu SF Sacramento
1 18 18 1998 Mirsad Turkcan PF Houston

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