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Cenk Akyol (born April 16, 1987) is a Turkish professional basketball player for İTÜ Basket of the Turkish Basketball First League.

Cenk Akyol
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Akyol with Galatasaray
No. 11 – İTÜ Basket
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueTurkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1987-04-16) April 16, 1987 (age 32)
Kadıköy, Turkey
Listed height6 ft 5.5 in (1.97 m)
Listed weight208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career2003–present
Career history
2003–2009Efes Pilsen
2007–2008Galatasaray Café Crown
2009–2010Air Avellino
2010–2012Anadolu Efes
2012–2014Galatasaray Liv Hospital
2014–2015Anadolu Efes
2015–2016Beşiktaş Integral Forex
2016–2017Acıbadem Üniversitesi
2018– İTÜ Basket

Professional careerEdit

On 3 July 2015, Akyol signed a multi-year contract with Beşiktaş Integral Forex.[1] After one season he left the club. On 20 October 2016, he signed with Acıbadem Üniversitesi of the Turkish Basketball First League.[2]


Akyol was drafted 59th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. On February 20, 2014, the Atlanta Hawks traded Akyol's draft rights to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Antawn Jamison[3] and on January 7, 2015 the Clippers traded his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with Jared Cunningham and cash for the rights to Sergei Lishouk.[4] On February 19, 2015, he was again traded to the Denver Nuggets for Javale McGee and the rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum.[5] On January 18, 2017, Akyol's draft rights were traded back to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the player rights of Mo Williams and cash considerations.[6] His draft rights would later be traded once again on February 23, 2017 alongside Mike Scott and cash considerations for a Top-55 protected second round pick from the Phoenix Suns.

On July 2, 2018, he has signed with İTÜ Basket of the Turkish Basketball First League. [7]

Turkish national teamEdit

Akyol is also a regular Turkish national team player.

Personal lifeEdit

On August 21, 2013, Akyol married national volleyball player and member of Vakıfbank Volleyball Naz Aydemir.[8]


  1. ^ Besiktas brings in veteran forward Akyol
  2. ^ Acibadem Universitesi inks Cenk Akyol
  4. ^ "Clippers Trade Cunningham To 76ers". January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Nuggets Acquire Rights to Cenk Akyol". February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "Hawks Trade Mo Williams To Denver Nuggets". January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Cenk Akyol Bakırköy'de" (in Turkish). Basketfaul. July 2, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Genç çift dünyaevine girdi". Radikal (in Turkish). 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-09-01.

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