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Mirsad Türkcan (in Serbian: Мирсад Туркчан, Mirsad Turkčan) (born June 7th, 1976) is a Turkish professional Basketball player. At 2.06 m (6'9") in height, Türkcan plays the Power forward (basketball) position.

Born Mirsad Jahović (Мирсад Јаховић) to Bosniak parents in Novi Pazar, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia, he changed his family name to Türkcan when he moved to play basketball in Turkey. At the same time, he also obtained Turkish citizenship and started playing international basketball for Turkey.

Türkcan played in 2004-2005 for the Russian team Dynamo Moscow. In summer 2006, he signed a contract with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe.

NBA careerEdit

Selected by the Houston Rockets in the 1998 NBA Draft, his rights were traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in January 1999 and the New York Knicks in March, with whom he eventually signed and debuted in 1999-00 (7 games). Waived on February 2000, he finished his NBA adventure playing 10 games for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Personal lifeEdit

On December 18, 2005, Mirsad married 18-year-old Dina Džanković, his girlfriend of five months and 2005 Miss World Serbia and Montenegro.

His sister Emina Jahović (known as Emina Türkcan in Turkey) is a famous pop singer in Serbia and other parts of former Yugoslavia and wife of a famous Turkish singer Mustafa Sandal. Türkcan is known to have financially helped jump start her recording career.

He is a fan of Fenerbahçe. He became, in 1999, the first Turkish basketball player to play in the NBA. He is also the first basketball player to pull down 1000 rebounds in EuroLeague history.

Team honoursEdit

  • Turkish Junior Champion 1995
  • Korac Cup Winner 1996
  • Turkish League Champion 1996
  • Turkish League Champion 1997
  • Turkish Cup Winner 1998
  • Turkish League Finalist 1998
  • Turkish President Cup Winner 2000
  • Turkish Cup Winner 2001
  • Turkish League Finalist 2001
  • Suproleague Final Four 2001
  • European Championships 2001 Finalist
  • Turkish League Champion 2006
  • Turkish League Champion 2007
  • Turkish League Champion 2008

Individual honoursEdit

  • Best Turkish Junior Player 1994
  • Best Rebounder during European Junior Championship in Israel 1994
  • Best Turkish Player Under-22 1995
  • Best Rebounder during European Championship Under-22 in Turkey 1996
  • Best Rebounder during European Championship in Spain 1997
  • MVP Turkish Playoff 1997
  • Best Rebounder Turkish League 1998
  • MVP EuroLeague Regular Season 2001-02
  • Best Rebounder in EuroLeague 2001-02
  • MVP Zepter Tournament Belgrade 2002
  • Best Rebounder in World Championship 2002
  • Second-team in World Championship 2002
  • MVP EuroLeague Top 16 2002-03
  • Best Rebounder in EuroLeague 2002-03
  • Best Rebounder in Italian League in 2002-03
  • Best Rebounder in Russian League in 2004-05

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