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By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

The Philadelphia 76ers received some pretty positive news regarding one of their top draftees from the 2016 NBA Draft. Furkan Korkmaz, a 19 year-old shooting guard for Banvit of the Turkish Basketball Super League, was named the "Best Young Player" by the Basketball Champions League this weekend.

Korkmaz was drafted by the Sixers in the first round, 26th overall pick of last season's draft, but decided to stay on his team Anadolu Efes for at least another season. In December, Korkmaz was loaned to Banvit, where he won a Turkish Cup with the team this past February. 

He is said to have a nice size and length for a shooting guard, standing in at 6'7". Korkmaz is not all too athletic, but he's very quick and has good range. Obviously, Korkmaz's best asset is his ability to shoot the three ball at an elite level.

Long story short, the defense that Korkmaz currently possesses is not up to par to where his offensive game is at in the present time.

It's highly unlikely Furkan Korkmaz will find action on an NBA court this upcoming season, but if anything, there is that small chance Korkmaz could play for the Sixers in two years, depending on if he decides to stay overseas a little bit longer.

It was reported a couple weeks ago by Keith Pompey of that Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo traveled to Spain to watch Korkmaz and Serbian Milos Teodosic, who is regarded the "best passer in the world" by ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla. While Korkmaz has seemed to be M.I.A in the Sixers plans as of late, it's become apparent that Colangelo hasn't lost sight on the potential future that Korkmaz holds with the team, if they so choose to go that route.




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