Türk Telekom B.K.

Türk Telekom Basketbol Kulübü (English: Turk Telekom Basketball Club) is a professional basketball team that is based in Ankara, Turkey. The team is currently playing in the Turkish Basketball Super League. It is a branch of the Türk Telekom GSK sports club. Their home arena is the Ankara Arena. The arena, which has a capacity of 10,400 seats, opened in April 2010.

Türk Telekom
Türk Telekom logo
LeaguesBasketbol Süper Ligi
EuroCup
Founded1991
HistoryPTT
(1991–1996)
Türk Telekom PTT
(1996–1998)
Türk Telekom
(1998–present)
ArenaAnkara Arena
Capacity10,400
LocationAnkara, Turkey
Team colorsSky Blue, Dark Blue and White
     
PresidentTahsin Yılmaz
Head coachErdem Can
Team captainTony Taylor
Championships1 Turkish Cup
2 Turkish President's Cups
WebsiteTürk Telekom

HistoryEdit

 
Türk Telekom logo used till 2016

The club was founded in 1954 and opened its basketball section as name of PTT in 1991. Thereafter, the team received name of Türk Telekom PTT in 1996. Recently, the team is continuing with the name of Türk Telekom.

Türk Telekom has won the Turkish Cup title after beating Oyak Renault in 2008. Also, the team won the Turkish President's Cup title after beating Fenerbahçe Ülker that year.

Türk Telekom also has a reserve team as name of Genç Telekom. They compete in the Turkish Basketball Second League.

In September 2011, first Turkish NBA All-Star player Mehmet Okur of the Utah Jazz announced he would play for Türk Telekom, due to the 2011 NBA lockout.

In 2016, Türk Telekom relegated from the BSL after finishing 15th in the regular season. In 2018, the team returned as it promoted from the Turkish First League.[1] In its first season back, the club would also play in the EuroCup, as the club returns to Europe after 6 years.[2]

Home arenasEdit

 
The Ankara Arena, home venue of the team since 2011

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Türk Telekom roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 2   Güler, Boran 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 21 – (2001-11-21)21 November 2001
PG 4   Yağmur, Mehmet 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 35 – (1987-07-01)1 July 1987
C 5   Koşut, Emircan 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 27 – (1995-07-03)3 July 1995
PG 7   Öncel, Rıdvan 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 25 – (1997-02-21)21 February 1997
C 9   Erden, Semih 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 36 – (1986-07-28)28 July 1986
PF 11   Demir, Berk 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 27 – (1995-05-18)18 May 1995
PG 21   Taylor, Tony (C) 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 32 – (1990-08-09)9 August 1990
SG 22   Grant, Jerian 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 30 – (1992-10-09)9 October 1992
PF 30   Demir, Alihan 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 26 – (1996-07-11)11 July 1996
SF 33   Yılmaz, Erkan 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 25 – (1997-12-03)3 December 1997
C 50   Eric, Michael 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 120 kg (265 lb) 34 – (1988-06-24)24 June 1988
PF 77   Sestina, Nate 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 106 kg (234 lb) 25 – (1997-05-12)12 May 1997
SF 83   Bouteille, Axel 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 27 – (1995-05-14)14 May 1995
C 88   Jones, Tyrique 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 25 – (1997-05-03)3 May 1997
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager
  •   Önder Külçebaş

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DC) Dual citizenship
  •   Injured

Updated: January 13, 2023

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Tyrique Jones Michael Eric Semih Erden
PF Nate Sestina Berk Demir Emircan Koşut
SF Axel Bouteille Erkan Yilmaz
SG Jerian Grant Boran Güler
PG Tony Taylor Ridvan Öncel

(colours: Turkish or homegrown players; foreign players)

Notable playersEdit

HonoursEdit

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Turkish Cup European Competitions
1991–92 1 TBL 12th
1992–93 1 TBL 9th
1993–94 1 TBL 3rd Semifinalist
1994–95 1 TBL 5th Quarterfinalist Korać Cup
1995–96 1 TBL 11th Runner-up Korać Cup
1996–97 1 TBL 2nd Runner-up European Cup
1997–98 1 TBL 6th Quarterfinalist Runner-up Euroleague
1998–99 1 TBL 9th Saporta Cup
1999–00 1 TBL 8th Quarterfinalist Korać Cup QF
2000–01 1 TBL 4th Semifinalist Runner-up Korać Cup
2001–02 1 TBL 5th Quarterfinalist Semifinalist Saporta Cup
2002–03 1 TBL 4th Semifinalist Runner-up FIBA Champions' Cup
2003–04 1 TBL 9th - Semifinalist FIBA Europe League
2004–05 1 TBL 7th Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist ULEB Cup
2005–06 1 TBL 5th Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist
2006–07 1 TBL 3rd Semifinalist Quarterfinalist FIBA Eurocup QF
2007–08 1 TBL 4th Runner-up Champion Played ULEB Cup
2008–09 1 TBL 3rd Semifinalist Quarterfinalist Eurocup L16
2009–10 1 TBL 5th Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Eurocup L16
2010–11 1 TBL 10th Group Stage EuroChallenge RS
2011–12 1 TBL 9th Group Stage EuroChallenge RS
2012–13 1 TBL 13th Group Stage
2013–14 1 TBL 11th Quarterfinalist
2014–15 1 TBL 7th Quarterfinalist Group stage
2015–16 1 TBL 15th
2016–17 2 TBL 8th Quarterfinalist
2017–18 2 TBL 1st
2018–19 1 BSL 7th Quarterfinals Semifinalist EuroCup RS
2019–20 1 BSL 10th1 1 Semifinalist Champions League QF
2020–21 1 BSL 6th Quarterfinals Champions League PO
2021–22 1 BSL 11th EuroCup 8F
^1 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Türkiye Basketbol 1. Ligi'nde şampiyon Türk Telekom". aa.com.tr (in Turkish). April 1, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "ECA Board reviews commercial strategy, approves 2018-19 competitions team list". Euroleague Basketball. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.

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