Furkan Korkmaz reacts to making Sixers history books


Furkan Korkmaz’s NBA journey is unique, particularly because he stayed with the Philadelphia 76ers despite feeling frustrated at first.

In 2013, Korkmaz turned pro overseas as a teenager. After spending several seasons with Anadolu Efes, Korkmaz entered the NBA Draft. The Turkish native was selected 26th overall by the Sixers in the 2016 NBA Draft.

In 2017, he was an active member of the organization spending most of his time in the NBA G League. After dominating developmentally, Korkmaz got playing time on the Philadelphia main roster.

However, there was a time when Korkmaz believed he should play more. He requested a trade from the Sixers, but his wishes weren’t granted. And when it was time for Philadelphia to decide what to do with Korkmaz’s team option, they refused to hold him back on his original contract.

In the summer of 2019, Korkmaz tested free agency. As it was a quiet process, the Turkish sniper stunned many when he returned to the Sixers despite everything that had happened before. Korkmaz went on to play two more seasons for Philly.

Then this last offseason, he became a free agent again. Making it clear that he wanted to return to the Sixers, Korkmaz got his wish and signed another multi-year contract with the 76ers. Now he engraves himself in their history book.

Korkmaz reaches an important milestone

Lately, Korkmaz’s shooting performance has had its ups and downs. Tuesday night, the situation was no different. As the Sixers took on the New Orleans Pelicans, Korkmaz struggled on the field as he drained just 30 percent of his shots.

However, as the Turkish veteran drained two of his seven three-point attempts, Korkmaz tied Hollis Thompson on Philadelphia’s all-time three-point list with 357 threes. Soon he will be seventh on the list.

“It feels good, it’s been a long journey for me in this city, in the organization, a lot of ups and downs, but at the end of the day, I feel like Philly is my home” , Korkmaz said Thursday. “That’s why for me it’s important to be on this list, but at the same time it doesn’t matter as long as we win, we work together. I don’t care, but it It’s good to be in Sixers history, it’s good for us, it’s good for me.”

Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.


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