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Erman Kunter (born 8 October 1956) is a Turkish-French[1] former professional basketball player and coach. He most recently served as head coach of Galatasaray, of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL).

Erman Kunter
Personal information
Born (1956-10-08) 8 October 1956 (age 62)
İstanbul, Turkey
NationalityTurkish / French
Listed height6 ft 2.75 in (1.90 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
Playing career1975–1992
PositionShooting guard
Coaching career1994–present
Career history
As player:
1977–1978Yenişehir Meysu
1991–1992Çukurova Sanayi
As coach:
2014–2017Le Mans
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

He is well-known for being the player that scored the most points ever in a single-game of any top-tier level professional basketball league in the world, with 153 points scored in a Turkish Super League game in 1988.[2]

Professional playing careerEdit

During his pro club career, Kunter played with İTÜ, Beşiktaş, Eczacıbaşı, Yenişehir Meysu, Fenerbahçe, and Çukurova Sanayispor.

As a Fenerbahçe player, he scored 153 points (81 points in the first half), of his team's 175 total points, in a Turkish League game against Hilalspor, on 12 March, 1988. It is still a record in Turkey,[3], and the highest single-game scoring record ever in any top-tier level professional league in the world.[4][5][6] During the game, he made 17 three-pointers.[7]

National team careerEdit

Kunter played in 213 games with the senior Turkish national team, and scored a total of 3,699 points (17.4 points per game).[8] With Turkey, he played at EuroBasket 1981.

Coaching careerEdit

Kunter was the head coach of Darüşşafaka, Beşiktaş, the senior Turkish national team, and Galatasaray Istanbul in Turkey; and Cholet Basket, Asvel Villeurbanne, and Le Mans in France. In 2010, he led Cholet Basket to win the French League championship. In June 2012, he signed with Beşiktaş, to be their new head coach.[9]

After that, he returned to France, to be the head coach of Le Mans, in 2014.[10] He became the head coach of Galatasaray in 2017.[11] He was also hired to be the head coach of the senior Iraqi national basketball team, in 2017.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Kunter is married to Sofia Ayten Kunter Hanımefendi, the daughter of Osman Nami Osmanoğlu, and great-granddaughter of Ottoman sultan Abdul Hamid II. They have one daughter, named Roksan. He acquired French citizenship in September 2010,[13] and since then, he retains two dual citizenship (French and Turkish).

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