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Show Me the Furkan Money

Peter Snyder

Posted on February 9, 2020 21:01

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Furkan Korkmaz has quickly become the unlikely hero the city of Philadelphia never knew they needed.

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Furkan Korkmaz has quickly become the unlikely hero the city of Philadelphia never knew they needed. Coming into Friday’s contest against the Memphis Grizzles, the Philadelphia 76ers had been losers of their last four games and were desperately looking for any source of resurgent energy. That authority of vitality came in the form of the sharpshooter from Turkey, Furkan Korkmaz. 


Korkmaz, a 22-year-old from Turkey, is currently playing in his third season in the NBA. Drafted by the Sixers in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA Draft, Korkmaz was expected to be a key piece in the “trust the process” cog. However, these expectations have, thus far, fallen on deaf ears as Korkmaz has averaged just 6.9 points coming off the bench during his young NBA career. 


Lets now take things back to Friday night. The Sixers are playing host to the Memphis Grizzlies and are looking to gear their train back on the tracks. Korkmaz, who had scored just 32 points in his last 4 games, was feeling it early. Every shot he took hit the bottom of the bucket like it was a cement cylinder. Going into the break, Korkmaz had scored 20 and was red hot from beyond the arch. As the second half commenced, Korkmaz left off right where started, draining outside shots like his life depended on it. By nights end, Korkmaz had not only led his team to a 119-107 victory but scored a career-high 34 points in the process. 


Fast forward to Sunday night, and the Turkish rainmaker was back in action -- this time, against the Chicago Bulls. During the beginning stages of the game, Korkmaz’s rhythm was orgasmic. It was as if a light switch had suddenly been turned on, allowing this prodigy to finally be let out of his cage. Much like Friday’s contest against the Grizz, Korkmaz went into the break with a hefty total to his score sheet. Nineteen points to be exact. 


Then, when it had seemed like Kurkmaz had reached his ceiling, the Turkish Talent slammed a ferocious dunk home, sending the city of brotherly love into a state of Euphoria. As the final buzzer sounded and the Sixers' win music played over the arena’s speakers, Korkmaz had once again eclipsed the 30-point scoring threshold, dropping in 31 points while shooting 12-17 from the field. 


In just two games played, Korkmaz had scored a total of 65 points while shooting 13-20 from beyond the arch. Mind you, this was all accomplished while coming off the bench. 


This now brings up the question of whether or not Furkan Korkmaz should be instilled in the Sixers starting lineup. If you are looking for an answer here I will tell you that you came to the wrong place. What I will say however, is that Sometimes, the most beloved heroes come from the least expected places.

Peter Snyder

Posted on February 9, 2020 21:01

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