15-year NBA veteran Hedo Turkoglu has announced his retirement. The Orlando Magic put out a press release making the official announcement, complete with a statement from Turkoglu, who played eight seasons in Orlando:
“I am very thankful and grateful for the opportunity to live out my dream and play in the NBA,” said Turkoglu. “I will always remember my teammates, coaches, staff members and all of the fans who made my career so wonderful for myself and my family.”
Turkoglu, 36, began his NBA career in 2000 after being selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 16th pick in the draft. He became the first Turkish player in NBA history.
Turkoglu spent three seasons in Sacramento and then one with the San Antonio Spurs before joining the Orlando Magic in 2004, where he had the most success of his career. He won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2007-08 and helped the Magic reach the 2009 NBA Finals.
Turkoglu then had short stints with the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns before he was traded back to Orlando late in 2010. He finished his career with the Los Angeles Clippers.
In 997 career games, Turkoglu averaged 11.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 26.8 minutes per game. He shot 42.6 percent overall and 38.4 percent from long range. He’ll be honored by the Magic on Dec. 18.