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2012 NBA Draft: Nuggets End Draft Night by Drafting Izzet Turkyilmaz


Who is Izzet Turkyilmaz?

Well outside of having by far the weirdest name in the draft and being picked by the Denver Nuggets with the 50th pick in the draft, there isn’t a lot of information about him.

What we know:  He is a Turkish power forward, who is 7-too-1, 211 pound power forward and is 22 years old. He played for the Turkish Nation Team. He didn’t see a lot of minutes in the Eurocup (averaging 12 minutes in 2010 and 9.1 in 2012).

In fact the only scouting report available about him was at DraftExpress.com, which had this to say about the big man from Turkey.

Turkyilmaz’s biggest weaknesses are his lack of high level experience and physical strength. He’s capable of making plays offensively, but doesn’t have a mature offensive arsenal at this juncture. His length makes him a presence as a shot blocker, but his lack of lower body strength and fundamentals is a major limiting factor for him on the defensive end both at and away from the rim. Turkyilmaz is a unique player nonetheless given his athleticism and offensive game for a 7-footer, and the player he might become three to four years down the round may interest some teams.

Outside of that, he is an enigma from Turkey that likely won’t play in the NBA for the Nuggets.

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