2016 Sixers first round pick Furkan Korkmaz will join the team next season
After being selected 26 th overall in the 2016 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, Furkan Korkmaz decided to spend at least another season with Anadolu Efes in the Turkish Basketball Super League, to further develop his skill set. A year after, he and the Sixers feel that he is now ready to play at the highest level.
News has surfaced that the 19-year-old will make move to the U.S. as he will be part of the vastly improved 76ers squad this coming campaign.
Furkan Korkmaz rights-holders Anadolu Efes confirm he will make NBA jump to Sixers. He's paying over $1.3M to free himself from $2M buyout.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) June 30, 2017
Korkmaz turned pro when he was only 18-year-old and only appeared in 19 matches for his Turkish team, where he averaged pedestrian numbers of 3.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game. This past season, he has showed a lot of improvement and was rewarded with more playing time. He showed glimpses of his true potential and produced 9.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 41 games.
At 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot wingspan, Korkmaz has the physical attributes that could help him be successful playing shooting guard in the NBA, which is his natural position. Although he can still be considered as a raw talent, the Sixers’ coaching staff will be able to monitor him, and also train him better to fit in their system.
If he can develop a reliable outside shot, as well as know when to attack the basket, the team might just have another weapon off the bench, and could make them even more dangerous starting next season, especially now that they already added J.J. Redick and Markelle Fultz to their fold.