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Semih Erden


Semih Erden

Semih Erden
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Semih Erden at the awarding ceremony of the 2010 FIBA World Championship
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Position Center
League Turkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1986-07-28) July 28, 1986 (age 27)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro playing career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2004 Darüşşafaka
2004–2005 Partizan Belgrade
2005–2010 Fenerbahçe
2010–2011 Boston Celtics
20112012 Cleveland Cavaliers
2011 Beşiktaş Milangaz
2012–present Anadolu Efes
Stats at
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Semih Erden (born July 28, 1986) is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for Anadolu Efes Istanbul of the Turkish Basketball League. Standing at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), he plays at the center position.

Professional career

Early years

Erden played with Darüşşafaka in the Turkish Basketball League in 2003-04 season, appeared in one game in which he recorded one point and two rebounds. He spent the majority of the season playing with the Darüşşafaka junior team.

Next season, Erden played with Partizan Belgrade in the Adriatic League and averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. He scored in double figures twice, tallying a high of 17 points against KK Hemofarm. He contributed 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 12.5 minutes a contest in the Euroleague. His highest scoring game of 10 points occurred against Efes Pilsen. In 2004–05, he also appeared in seven Yugoslav Basketball League games, averaging 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds in 4.4 minutes a contest.


In 2005, he signed with Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League. Erden averaged 6.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.4 minutes a contest. He had a high of 14 points at Fenerbahçe Ülker and scored in double figures seven times. He also contributed 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 9.1 minutes a contest in nine Euroleague games.

In his second season with Fenerbahçe, Erden played 16.1 minutes a game, averaged 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in Turkish League play, registering a high of 10 points against Galatasaray Café Crown. In the Euroleague, Semih added 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per match.

In third season Erden averaged 7.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 19.5 minutes a game in Turkish League play, scoring in double figures six times with a high of 15 points against CASA TED Kolejliler. During the season though, he missed a number of games due to a knee injury. In the Euroleague, he added 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19.3 minutes a contest, scored in double figures three times and posting high of 15 points against Panathinaikos Athens.


Erden was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 60th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Erden was still under a one-year contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker[1] and did not join the roster in 2008–09. He was seen by Celtics general manager Danny Ainge as their first-round pick in 2009.[2]

On July 5, 2010, Celtics signed Erden to a one-year minimum contract with a team option for 2011–12.[3]

With Boston centers Shaquille O'Neal, Kendrick Perkins and Jermaine O'Neal out with injuries, Erden earned his first career start on December 9, 2010 against the Philadelphia 76ers. He scored 8 points in 18 minutes in a 102–101 victory. Two nights later, Erden started for the second time in a 93–62 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. In that game Erden played a game-high 41 minutes recording 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and a plus/minus rating of +34.

On February 24, 2011, Erden was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with teammate Luke Harangody in exchange for a second-round draft pick.[4]

On June 30, 2012, the Cavaliers extended a qualifying offer to Erden, thus making him a restricted free agent.[5]

Return to Europe

On September 21, 2011, Erden signed with the Turkish club Beşiktaş Milangaz until the end of the 2011 NBA lockout. He played alongside New Jersey Nets All-Star Deron Williams.[6]

On November 22, 2011, Erden suffered a broken finger in a Eurochallenge game.[7]

On July 3, 2012, he signed a two-year contract with Anadolu Efes.[8]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2010–11 Boston 37 7 14.4 .598 .000 .630 2.9 0.5 0.4 0.6 4.1
2010–11 Cleveland 4 1 16.0 .286 .000 .833 2.8 0.3 0.5 0.8 3.3
2011–12 Cleveland 28 9 11.9 .527 .000 .512 2.6 0.3 0.4 0.2 3.5
Career 69 17 13.4 .546 .000 .594 2.8 0.4 0.4 0.4 3.8

Turkish national team

Erden is a regular player on the Turkish national team. His first international experience came in the 2005 U20 European Championships held in Moscow. He averaged 10.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in seven games for Turkey. In the 2006 U20 European Championships, held in Izmir, Turkey, Erden helped lead Turkey to a silver medal, averaging 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in eight games. In the same year, he earned a spot on the Turkish team for the 2006 World Championship in Japan. He contributed 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds a game. In the 2007 European Championship in Spain, Erden averaged 1.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in his five games.

Career highlights


External links

  • Semih Erden Player Info @
  • (Turkish)
  • (Turkish) .org
  • TBLStat Profile
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