Sixers’ Furkan Korkmaz shines against Greece in Eurobasket

The basketball world has seen different versions of Furkan Korkmaz over the years. When Korkmaz dons a Philadelphia 76ers uniform, you never really know which version the team will get.

There are rare occasions when Korkmaz dazzles from the bench for the Sixers, and you can find him warming up beyond the arc and looking like someone who could compete for the sixth man award. year if he had to maintain this level of play throughout the season.

Other times, Korkmaz was disappointing at best and even became unplayable during the 2021-2022 NBA season.

But when it comes to playing for his native country abroad, Korkmaz is a different breed. Every summer, the Turkish sniper has Sixers fans wondering what Korkmaz might become if he played as aggressively and successfully in the NBA as he played for Turkey.

This summer is no different. Lately, Korkmaz played for Turkey at Eurobasket 2022. And on Friday he put in another outstanding performance against Greece.

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According to Sergen Kumas of Son Sey NBAKorkmaz scored a double-double against Greece scoring 22 points and coming back with ten rebounds.

As expected, some of Korkmaz’s 20-plus points came from beyond the arc as he hit 66% of his three-of-six attempts.

Clearly, Korkmaz’s summer performances abroad aren’t a direct preview of what’s to come for the upcoming NBA season. Considering Korkmaz is unlikely to log 30 minutes in Philly’s rotation, he will have fewer minutes to work with.

Based on Korkmaz’s progress last year, the Turkish sniper will likely have to fight for a spot in the rotation this season as Philly has strengthened their bench in the offseason.

In 67 games last year, Korkmaz averaged seven points while shooting a career low 28% from deep. Throughout the season, it was clear that Korkmaz lacked confidence.

The hope is that Korkmaz’s offseason away can help him regain his confidence, so when he returns to the 76ers he’ll be ready for a rebound effort.

Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for All76ers, a Sports Illustrated channel. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.

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