Furkan Aldemir Bio: NBA, Net Worth & More

The Turkish League is one of the famous destinations for any national or international basketball player. So, a name that comes to mind when mentioning the Turkish League is a great power forward, Furkan Aldemir.

Not only the national league, but Aldemir has been able to make his name count in the National Basketball Association by playing for the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

This rare gem has been crushing between challenging games with intriguing skills and balance and has always been able to make the audience stand up from their benches to cheer for him.

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Furkan Aldemir No.19 via Instagram

Till now, the power forward has played for three of the Turkish League teams and one NBA league team giving him experience for more than a decade where he managed to achieve several titles.

Now, let’s explore more about this Turkish origin player regarding his career, personal life, hobbies, net worth, etc.

And before uncovering his life, here are some quick facts about Furkan Aldemir.

Quick Facts

Full NameFurkan Aldemir
Birth DateAugust 9, 1991
Known AsFurkan Aldemir
Birth PlaceKonak, Izmir, Turkey
Nick NameMr. Rebound
NationalityTurkish
High-SchoolN/A
UniversityN/A
HoroscopeLeo
Father’s NameN/A
Mother’s NameN/A
SiblingsN/A
Age31 years old
Weight240 lbs (109 kg)
Height210 cm (6 feet 10 inches)
BuildAthletic
Marital StatusMarried
WifeAhsen Yılmaz (m. 2014)
ChildrenSon
ProfessionProfessional Basketball Player
PositionPower Forward
League
  • Turkish League
  • NBA
TeamNational Team
NBA Draft2012 / Round: 2/ Pick: 53rd overall
Net Worth$3-$4 million
SalaryN/A
Active Status2007- present
Experience10 Seasons
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter, Facebook
MerchPhiladelphia 76ers T-shirts
Last UpdateSeptember 2022

Furkan Aldemir | Early Years 

Aldemir was born and brought up in the most densely populated Konak district among the other eleven urban districts in Izmir Province. 

From the start, Konak always acted as the administrative and economic core of the city, where most of the business houses were entrenched.

So, growing up, Furkan enjoyed the city area with his Turkish parents and maybe with his siblings too, because no information regarding his siblings is mentioned anywhere.

As not much information is available in any sources, Aldemir completed his high school and college degree in Turkey and started his professional basketball journey in 2007 at 16.

Furkan Aldemir | Professional Career

Aldemir had already started as a professional while still in high school. At a young age, he joined the team of Karsiyaka Basket from the Turkish Super League.

Towards June of 2011, he signed a four-year deal with Galatasary S.K in Istanbul. But after a season in the team, Aldemir wanted to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA.

While still in the contract with the Turkish team, Furkan tried out for the 2012 draft in the United States. Aldemir was picked up as the 53rd overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the draft, where he scored 89 points in all categories. 

Following shows the categories he was given points into:

Athleticism•••••••7
Size••••••••8
Defense••••••••8
Strength•••••••7
Quickness••••••••8
Leadership•••••••7
Jump Shot•••••••7
NBA Ready••••••••8
Ball Handling••••••••8
Potential•••••••7
Passing•••••••7
Intangibles•••••••7
2012 Mock – 34Big Board – 36Overall – 89
 
Thus far, NBA has had 11 players from Turkey, and the inclusion of Aldemir with good size and adequate athletic skills would be a significant addition.

Overall Strengths & Weakness

Aldemir came to the NBA draft with a 2010 BSL All-Star win and impressive 2011 U20 European Championship, which helped build a strong profile. Well, with capability in foot speed and coordination of his upper body, he quickly grabs rebounds and has a talent for it.

His efficiency throws, smartness, lateral movements, and sense of timing blocks are some of the other undeniable attributes but creating offenses are considerable weaknesses. So with that, he is still a bit undersized for NBA.

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EuroCup 2018 winner-Turkey via Instagram

In November 2014, Aldemir posted, stating that he was leaving the team for the NBA. As he couldn’t join the team in 2012, his rights were consequently traded from Clipper to Houston and, in the end, to Philadelphia in 2013.

So, after joining on December 15, 2014, in a four-year contract, his long dream was fulfilled the same day when he debuted against Boston Celtics as an exchange for 10 minutes, notching 2 points, two rebounds, and one assist. 

While talking about the adjustment in the team, he said, “Here set plays is a new concept for me because in Europe stopping the ball was what we did. In Europe, everyone counted on me to grab rebounds, and it was my job too. But there are such smart players in the NBA, and there is another extent to rebounds.
 

Sadly, just after a year, Philadelphia decided to forgo his contract, so, without achieving his goal in the NBA, he signed a four-year contract with Darussafaka Basketball on November 7, 2015.

Above all, in the first two seasons(2015-16, 2016-17), he managed 2.65 rebounds, 0.25 assists, 0.15 steals, and 0.45 blocks in 43 games.

International Career

Over the years, Aldemir played several international matches for his country and was a regular Turkish youth national team player.

So, his first-ever national match with a win was during the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. Their Turkish team came third in the championship.

Although he played for the 2010 FIBA Under-20 Championship managing 11.6 rebounds, it wasn’t sufficient for another win.

However, a year later, he joined the senior men’s Turkish national basketball team and played at the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 qualification and the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Moreover, in the 2018 EuroCup Championship, Turkey’s men’s basketball team was able to bring gold to their home.

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Notable Awards & Achievements 

Not much, but Aldemir saw some pretty significant accomplishments with his teammates. So, some major achievements are mentioned below.

  1. 3 times BSL All-Star (2010,2012,2016)
  2. Turkish League Champion (2013)
  3. EuroCuo Champion (2018)

Age & Body Measurement

Aldemir has spent most of his life dedicated to basketball and still has as much passion as before.

And, as of 2022, he is already 31 year old. And the rebounder was born in 1991 under the fire element Leo.

To keep his excellent playing intact, he needs to keep his body weight and health a priority to be playing for a long time. He is currently 240 lb and is quite tall, about 210 cm.

For a large man, he has a long foot size and wears about the UK size eight footwear.

Well, his black eyes and great hairline complement his size and height well for his overall demeanor.

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Furkan Aldemir | Personal Life

Furkan was fated to give justice to his fire element Leo, and his name originally means” affirmation, criterion, evidence, proof, and testament”in Turkish, which distinctly shows in his games and characteristics.

Alongside, he belongs to the Islam community, and sure he is proud of it and respects all other religions and makes sure to celebrate some of them.

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Furkan with his mate ,Metin Turen via Instagram

Also, Aldemir is a true believer in God, as he believes that Allah’s words can make a difference in people’s lives and teach them to think that someone is always there for them. 

Likewise, he shares his life with his partner Ahsen Yilmaz whom he got married to in 2014, and his son Abi.

In addition, he owns a personal luxury car, a big bungalow, lives a lavish lifestyle, and travels throughout the world enjoying cultures and learning about people.

He also has an extensive collection of shoes and often goes out if he has enough time to shop around. Even his wife is a real admirer of his love for shoes.

Furkan Aldemir | Net Worth

The rebounder has made quite a money in his basketball career. He earned his first professional earning from Karsiyaka, which lasted for five seasons from 2007 before signing a contract with Galatasary.

However, Aldemir was drafted in 2012 by the Clippers; he still played for Galatasaray and signed a contract in 2014 worth €3.9 million net income.

But, forgoing the contract, he left the Turkish League to join the NBA Philadelphia 76ers. He earned $2,810,305 as a salary for the 2014-15 season, accompanied by $305,854 as a signing bonus and $2,683,841 in the second season of 2015-16.

So, calculating his career earnings in the NBA, it is supposed to be $5,800,000 for the two seasons.

Unfortunately, 76ers waived Furkan, and he had to return to Turkey, where Darussafaka welcomed him in a four-year deal.

So, with his salary and various contract, his estimated net worth is around $3-$4 million.

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Social Media Presence

The player in his early thirties is active in all three most sought social media platforms, namely Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Moreover, his posts on Instagram and Twitter are more frequent than on Facebook.

His posts are primarily about his faith and scripts of Urdu, his visit to mosques to offer sincere prayers to Allah, and his career.

Also, he enjoys traveling as photos of various country locations; multicultured people are over the Instagram profile.

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Mr. Rebounder enjoying nature via Instagram

One of the most curious things fans have not seen is the picture of him with his children and wife in any social profiles. But, killing the curiosity, Furakan was kind enough to post his first-ever boy’s back view in a happy birthday post in 2018 on Instagram.

 Interesting Facts 

  • He loves acting.
  • Aldemir owns a collection of more than 100 casual shoes.
  • The player’s popularity started in 2007 and continuously increased, making him the 11th most famous Turkish player in 2019.
  • His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.
  • Based on language, Aldemir Turkish-speaking fans are at the top, followed by English and Germans.
  • He was also an avid supporter of Palestine during the Israel-Palestine war.

Some FAQs

Has Furkan Aldemir ever done a show or a film?

His love for acting is well-known to his fans, and it is around the media that he has done acting on some shows and even in movies. But, further details about them are quite unknown.

What did he think about the US compared to Turkey when he played for Philadelphia?

Mentioning the country, he said, ” I enjoy the city; it’s just very cold in contrast to the climate in Turkey where it is mostly warm all-year-around.”

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