Fenerbahçe Men's Basketball

2016–17 Fenerbahçe men's basketball season
  • Sarı Lacivertliler (The Navy Blue-Yellows)
    Efsane (The Legend)
Leagues Turkish League
Turkish Cup
Founded 1913
History Fenerbahçe S.K.
Arena Ülker Sports Arena
Arena Capacity 13,000
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Team colors Yellow and Navy Blue
President Aziz Yıldırım
Team manager Maurizio Gherardini
Head coach Željko Obradović
Team captain Melih Mahmutoğlu
Championships 7 Turkish Basketball Super League
3 Turkish Basketball League
7 Istanbul Basketball League
5 Turkish Cup
6 Turkish President's Cup
5 Basketball Federation Cup
Retired numbers 6 Mirsad Türkcan
7 Ömer Onan
Website fenerbahce.org
Active departments of Fenerbahçe
Football Basketball (Men's) Basketball (Women's)
Volleyball (Men's) Volleyball (Women's) Table Tennis
Swimming Rowing Sailing
Athletics Boxing

Fenerbahçe Men's Basketball Team (Turkish: Fenerbahçe Erkek Basketbol Takımı) is a Turkish professional basketball team from Istanbul, Turkey. It is the men's basketball department of Fenerbahçe, a major multi-sport club. The team competes in the Turkish Basketball Super League and EuroLeague.


Fenerbahçe's men's basketball department was founded in 1913, and achieved considerable success when the sport established itself in Turkey. Fenerbahçe won Turkish Basketball Championship national titles in 1957, 1959, and 1965, just before the Turkish Basketball Super League was founded in 1966, and made it to the EuroLeague in 1960 and 1966. Its fans had to wait until 1991 for another title, when Levent Topsakal, Larry Richard, and head coach Çetin Yılmaz led Fenerbahçe to the Turkish League title over Tofaş.[1]

Fenerbahçe returned to the EuroLeague in 1992, but lost in the preliminary round. Fenerbahçe was back in the Turkish League finals in 1992, 1993 and, 1995, but could not find a way to win the championship for some time. A third-place finish in the 1997–98 season allowed the club to return to the EuroLeague, and with players like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Marko Milič, Žan Tabak, İbrahim Kutluay, and the late Conrad McRae, Fenerbahçe advanced to the eighth-final playoffs, losing there to Real Madrid. The club made it to the Korać Cup quarter-finals in 1995–96 and 2000–01, and also finished in fourth place in the 2004–05 FIBA Europe League.

In the summer of 2006, the basketball club merged with Ülkerspor, to form Fenerbahçe Ülker. After the merger, Fenerbahce dominated the Turkish League and became the league champions two times in a row.[2][3][4] After losing the third Turkish League finals after the merger, to Efes Pilsen, in a closely contested playoff finals,[5] Fenerbahçe became Turkish League champions again in the 2009–10 season, this time by beating Efes Pilsen in the finals.[6]

Fenerbahçe Ülker headed into the 2010–11 season with 5 new transfers: Engin Atsür, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Marko Tomas, Kaya Peker, and Darjuš Lavrinovič.

New transfers for the 2011–12 season included: Bojan Bogdanović, Curtis Jerrells, James Gist, Hakan Demirel, and also Thabo Sefolosha, who returned to the NBA after the 2011 NBA lockout ended. With head coach Neven Spahija, Fenerbahçe Ülker became the Turkish League champions again.[7] After two disappointing seasons, Željko Obradović was then signed as the team's head coach, and the roster was strengthened with the likes of former Toronto Raptor Linas Kleiza, promising power forward Nemanja Bjelica, consistent center Luka Žorić, and hot Turkish prospects Kenan Sipahi and Melih Mahmutoğlu. Fenerbahçe Ülker became the Turkish League champions again, after beating Galatasaray in the playoff's finals.[8]

At the top of Europe (2014–present)

In the 2014–15 season, Fenerbahçe reached the EuroLeague Final Four for the first time. In the quarterfinals, Fenerbahçe knocked out Maccabi Tel Aviv with 3 straight wins. In the semifinals, the team lost to Real Madrid, and eventually finished fourth. At the end of the season, the club's sponsorship agreement with Ülker ended.[9] In the 2015–16 season, Fenerbahçe impressed in the EuroLeague Regular Season and Top 16, and qualified once again for the Final Four tournament, by eliminating the defending champions, Real Madrid, in the playoffs, again with a score of 3-0. During their first Final Four match against Laboral Kutxa, Fenerbahçe faced risking elimination once again before, Kostas Sloukas, made a game-tying lay-up to force the game into overtime, where Bogdan Bogdanović would help lead the team in overtime to win 88–77. The club became the first Turkish team to ever make it to the EuroLeague Final game. Their final opponent in the EuroLeague competitions was CSKA Moscow. Fenerbahçe lost after overtime.

Sponsorship naming

Due to sponsorship deals, Fenerbahçe has been also known as:

Home courts

The first match at Ülker Sports Arena against Olimpia Milano
# Court Capacity Years
1 Lütfi Kırdar Sports Palace 7,000 1949–1992
Abdi İpekçi Arena
12,270 1992–2010
Sinan Erdem Dome
16,000 2010–2012
Ülker Sports Arena


Current roster

Fenerbahçe roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 23 Turkey Uğurlu, Berk 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 72 kg (159 lb) 20 – (1996-04-27)27 April 1996
PG 35 Turkey Dixon, Bobby (DC) 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 73 kg (161 lb) 33 – (1983-04-10)10 April 1983
G 16 Greece Sloukas, Kostas 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 26 – (1990-01-15)15 January 1990
SG 10 Turkey Mahmutoğlu, Melih (C) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 26 – (1990-05-12)12 May 1990
SG 13 Serbia Bogdanović, Bogdan  1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 24 – (1992-08-18)18 August 1992
G/F 22 Bulgaria Minchev, Yordan (EL) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 18 – (1998-10-17)17 October 1998
SF 18 Turkey Arna, Egehan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 19 – (1997-01-05)5 January 1997
SF 21 United States Nunnally, James 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 26 – (1990-07-14)14 July 1990
F 33 Serbia Kalinić, Nikola 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 25 – (1991-11-08)8 November 1991
F 70 Italy Datome, Luigi 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 29 – (1987-11-27)27 November 1987
PF 5 Turkey Hersek, Barış 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 28 – (1988-03-26)26 March 1988
F/C 12 Republic of Macedonia Antić, Pero 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 118 kg (260 lb) 34 – (1982-07-29)29 July 1982
F/C 24 Czech Republic Veselý, Jan 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 26 – (1990-04-24)24 April 1990
C 8 United States Udoh, Ekpe 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 29 – (1987-05-20)20 May 1987
C 9 Turkey Duran, Ahmet Can 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 118 kg (260 lb) 17 – (1999-01-28)28 January 1999
C 44 Turkey Düverioğlu, Ahmet (DC) 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 121 kg (267 lb) 23 – (1993-03-04)4 March 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Serbia Predrag Zimonjić
  • Turkey İlker Belgutay
  • Turkey Sefa Öztürk
Team manager

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured

Updated: November 1, 2016

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Ekpe Udoh Pero Antić Ahmet Düverioğlu
PF Jan Veselý Nikola Kalinić Barış Hersek Ahmet Can Duran
SF Luigi Datome James Nunnally Yordan Minchev
SG Bogdan Bogdanović Melih Mahmutoğlu Egehan Arna
PG Kostas Sloukas Bobby Dixon Berk Uğurlu

Retired numbers

Fenerbahçe Men's Basketball retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure Ceremony Date
6 Turkey Mirsad Türkcan F 2006–2012 16/09/2012[10]
7 Turkey Ömer Onan SG 2004–2005; 2006–2014 17/10/2014[11]


National competitions



European competitions

Against NBA teams

In 2012, Fenerbahçe became the first and only Turkish basketball club to win against an NBA team.[12] The team beat the Boston Celtics in Ülker Sports Arena on 5 October 2012.[13] In 2015, Fenerbahçe became the first and only Turkish basketball club and third European club to win against NBA teams in the United States,[14] defeating the Brooklyn Nets in Barclays Center on 5 October 2015.[15]

5 October 2012
19:00 CET
Boston Celtics United States 9197 Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker
Scoring by quarter: 27–26, 18–29, 27–24, 19–18
Pts: Green, Sullinger 22
Rebs: Sullinger 8
Asts: Rondo 9
Pts: Sato 24
Rebs: Sato, Ilkan 7
Asts: McCalebb 5
Ülker Sports Arena
Attendance: 12,191
Referees: David Guthrie (USA), John Goble (USA), Sasa Pukl (SLO)
5 October 2013
14:00 CET
Oklahoma City Thunder United States 9582 Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker
Scoring by quarter: 20–28, 28–14, 27–23, 20–17
Pts: Durant 24
Rebs: Durant 8
Asts: Jackson 5
Pts: Bogdanović 19
Rebs: Bogdanović, Vidmar, Kleiza 4
Asts: Preldžić 4
Ülker Sports Arena
Attendance: 12,191
Referees: Dan Crawford (USA), Courtney Kirkland (USA), Rüştü Nuran (TUR)
11 October 2014
17:00 CET
San Antonio Spurs United States 9690 Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker
Scoring by quarter: 29–21, 18–19, 28–30, 21–20
Pts: Duncan 23
Rebs: Ginóbili 8
Asts: Parker 7
Pts: Goudelock 30
Rebs: Žorić 7
Asts: Preldžić 11
Ülker Sports Arena
Attendance: 12,191
Referees: Tony Brothers (USA), Matej Boltauzer (SLO), Haywoode Workman (USA)
5 October 2015
02:30 CET
Fenerbahçe Turkey 10196 United States Brooklyn Nets
Scoring by quarter: 25–26, 31–26, 26–20, 19–24
Pts: Veselý 18
Rebs: Udoh 8
Asts: Sloukas 11
Pts: Lopez 18
Rebs: Robinson 16
Asts: Larkin 5
Barclays Center
Attendance: 6,857
Referees: Ken Mauer (USA), Nick Buchert (USA), Violet Palmer (USA)
9 October 2015
03:00 CET
Fenerbahçe Turkey 81111 United States Oklahoma City Thunder
Scoring by quarter: 21–32, 20–26, 17–29, 23–24
Pts: Veselý 17
Rebs: Udoh 9
Asts: Sloukas 6
Pts: Waiters 19
Rebs: Adams 8
Asts: Durant, Westbrook 5
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Referees: Kevin Cutler (USA), Dan Crawford (USA), Scott Wall (USA)


Season Turkish League Turkish Cup European Competitions Coach Roster
2004–05 4th place Quarterfinalist FIBA Europe League
Final Four
4th Place
A.Örs Doğuş Balbay, Rasim Başak, Erdal Bibo, Chris Booker, Levent Bilgin, Altan Çetinkaya, Corsley Edwards, Damir Mrsic (C), Barış Güney, Emre Ekim, Trevor Harvey, Zeki Gülay, Ömer Onan, Marc Salyers
2005–06 7th place Semifinalist FIBA EuroCup
Top 16
A.Örs Ömer Aşık, Doğuş Balbay, Rasim Başak, Erdal Bibo, Levent Bilgin, Altan Çetinkaya, Kaspars Kambala, Hakan Demirel, Damir Mrsic (C), Barış Güney, Serkan İnan, Semih Erden, Chester Mason, Zeki Gülay, Jarod Stevenson, Cory Violette
2006–07 Champion Semifinalist Euroleague
Regular Season
A.Örs Can Maxim Mutaf, Damir Mršić (C), Eddie Basden, Hakan Demirel, İbrahim Kutluay, Joe Ira Clark, Kaspars Kambala, Mirsad Türkcan, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Onan, Rasim Başak, Semih Erden, Willie Solomon, Zeki Gülay
2007–08 Champion Semifinalist Euroleague
B.Tanjević Can Maxim Mutaf, Damir Mršić (C), Emir Preldžič, Gašper Vidmar, Hakan Demirel, İbrahim Kutluay, James White, Mirsad Türkcan, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Aşık, Ömer Onan, Rasim Başak, Semih Erden, Tarence Kinsey, Willie Solomon
2008–09 Finalist Semifinalist Euroleague
Top 16
B.Tanjević Can Maxim Mutaf, Damir Mršić (C), Devin Smith, Emir Preldžič, Enes Kanter, Gašper Vidmar, Gordan Giriček, Hakan Demirel, Marques Green, Mirsad Türkcan, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Aşık, Ömer Onan, Rasim Başak, Semih Erden, Willie Solomon
2009–10 Champion Champion Euroleague
Regular Season
Berkay Candan, Can Maxim Mutaf, Damir Mršić (C), Emir Preldžič, Erbil Eroğlu, Gašper Vidmar, Gordan Giriček, Kerem Hotiç, Lynn Greer, Mirsad Türkcan, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Aşık, Ömer Onan, Rasim Başak, Roko Ukić, Semih Erden, Serhat Cetin, Tarence Kinsey
2010–11 Champion Champion Euroleague
Top 16
N.Spahija Berkay Candan, Can Maxim Mutaf, Darjuš Lavrinovič, Emir Preldžič, Engin Atsür, Erbil Eroğlu, Gašper Vidmar, Kaya Peker, Kerem Hotiç, Lynn Greer, Marko Tomas, Mirsad Türkcan, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Onan (C), Rasid Mahalbasić, Roko Ukić, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Sean May, Tarence Kinsey
2011–12 5th place Quarterfinalist Euroleague
Top 16
N.Spahija Berkay Candan, Bojan Bogdanović, Curtis Jerrells, Emir Preldžič, Engin Atsür, Erbil Eroğlu, Gašper Vidmar, James Gist, Hakan Demirel, Kaya Peker, Kerem Hotiç, Marko Tomas, Mirsad Türkcan, Morris Finley, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Onan (C), Roko Ukić, Thabo Sefolosha
2012–13 4th place Champion Euroleague
Top 16
Barış Ermiş, Bo McCalebb, Bojan Bogdanović, Can Maxim Mutaf, David Andersen, Emir Preldžič, Erbil Eroğlu, İlkan Karaman, J. R. Bremer, Kaya Peker, Mike Batiste, Metecan Birsen, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Onan (C), Romain Sato, Uroš Tripković
2013–14 Champion Semifinalist Euroleague
Top 16
Ž.Obradović Barış Ermiş, Blagota Sekulić, Bo McCalebb, Bojan Bogdanović, Emir Preldžič, Gašper Vidmar, İlkan Karaman, İzzet Türkyılmaz, Kenan Sipahi, Linas Kleiza, Luka Žorić, Melih Mahmutoğlu, Metecan Birsen, Nemanja Bjelica, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Onan (C), Pierre Jackson
2014–15 3rd place Finalist Euroleague
Final Four
4th place
Ž.Obradović Andrew Goudelock, Berk Uğurlu, Bogdan Bogdanović, Can Altıntığ, Emir Preldžič (C), İzzet Türkyılmaz, Jan Veselý, Kenan Sipahi, Luka Žorić, Melih Mahmutoğlu, Nemanja Bjelica, Nikolaos Zisis, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Faruk Yurtseven, Ricky Hickman, Serhat Çetin, Semih Erden
2015–16 Champion Champion Euroleague
Ž.Obradović Barış Hersek, Berk Uğurlu, Bobby Dixon, Bogdan Bogdanović, Egehan Arna, Ekpe Udoh, Ercan Bayrak, Jan Veselý, Kostas Sloukas, Luigi Datome, Melih Mahmutoğlu (C), Nikola Kalinić, Ömer Faruk Yurtseven, Pero Antić, Ricky Hickman
2016–17 League Cup Euroleague Ž.Obradović Ahmad Al-Dwairi, Ahmet Can Duran, Barış Hersek, Berk Uğurlu, Bobby Dixon, Bogdan Bogdanović, Egehan Arna, Ekpe Udoh, Jan Veselý, James Nunnally, Kostas Sloukas, Luigi Datome, Melih Mahmutoğlu (C), Nikola Kalinić, Pero Antić

Individual awards

Retired Numbers

50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors


EuroLeague MVP

All-EuroLeague First Team

All-EuroLeague Second Team

EuroLeague Rising Star

EuroLeague MVP of the Month

EuroLeague MVP of the Week

EuroLeague records since 2000–01

EuroLeague Best Scorer

EuroLeague Rebounding Leaders

EuroLeague Blocked Shoots Leaders

NBA Draft Picks

NBA Rights Held Players

Sponsporship and Kit Manufacture

Years Kit sponsors
2003–2005 Aras Cargo
2005–2006 Alpella1 / Aras Cargo2
2006–2012 Ülker1 / içim2/3
2012–2013 Ülker1 / metro2
2013–2015 Ülker1 / metro2 3
2015–2016 Ülker1 / OdeaBank2 / metro3
2016– metro1 / QNB Finansbank2 / Borajet Airlines4 (*)

1 Main sponsorship 2 Back sponsorship 3 Short sponsorship 4 Transportation sponsor
(*) One Embraer 195 jet (TC-YAT) is painted with Fenerbahçe S.K.'s livery[32]

Years Kit manufacturers
–2000 Adidas
2000–2014 Fenerium
2014– Nike

Team captains

Dates Name
1988–1993 Turkey Ali Limoncuoğlu
1993–1995 Turkey Hüsnü Çakırgil
1995–1998 Turkey Güray Kanan
1998–2003 Georgia (country) Zaza Enden
2003–2006 Turkey Zeki Gülay
2006–2010 Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Mršić
2010–2014 Turkey Ömer Onan
2014–2015 Turkey Emir Preldžić
2015–present Turkey Melih Mahmutoğlu

Head coaches

Main article: Fenerbahçe basketball head coaches list[33]

Notable players

For a listing of past rosters, see Fenerbahçe (basketball) past rosters.
To appear in this section a player must have either:

See also



    1. Fenerbahce Ulker - Welcome to EuroLeague Basketball.
    2. http://basketbol.tblstat.net/history.asp?s=0708
    3. http://basketbol.tblstat.net/history.asp?s=0607
    4. http://www.mynet.com/haber/spor/ulkerle-fenerbahce-birlesti-243526-1
    5. http://basketbol.tblstat.net/history.asp?s=0809
    6. http://basketbol.tblstat.net/history.asp?s=0910
    7. http://basketbol.tblstat.net/history.asp?s=1011
    8. http://basketbol.tblstat.net/history.asp?s=1314
    9. Only Fenerbahce, not Ulker.
    10. Mirsad Türkcan retired match against CSKA Moscow
    11. Ömer Onan retire ceremony at Emporio Armani Milano match
    12. Show from Fenerbahçe Ülker
    13. Fenerbahçe Ülker 97-91 Boston Celtics
    14. Show from Fenerbahçe Ülker
    15. Brooklyn Nets 96-101 Fenerbahçe
    16. 2014-15 bwin MVP: Nemanja Bjelica, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
    17. Euroleague Rising Star Trophy: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
    18. bwin MVP for March: Nemanja Bjelica, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
    19. MVP for January: Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Istanbul
    20. MVP for April: Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahce Istanbul
    21. Emir Preldzic won the first week's MVP award
    22. Bojan Bogdanović won the top 16 fifth week's MVP award
    23. Andrew Goudelock won the second week's MVP award
    24. Andrew Goudelock won the fifth week's MVP award
    25. Top 16 Round 11 bwin MVP: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
    26. Top 16, Round 4 co-MVPs: Ioannis Bourousis of Laboral Kutxa, Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce
    27. Top 16 Round 9 MVP: Luigi Datome, Fenerbahce Istanbul
    28. Playoffs Game 2 co-MVPs: Kyle Hines and Ekpe Udoh
    29. Playoffs Game 3 MVP: Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahce Istanbul
    30. "Regular Season Round 4 MVP: Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahce Istanbul". EuroLeague.net. 29 October 2016.
    31. Goudelock sets three-point mark
    32. Borajet Fenerbahçe Uçağımız Hazır (Turkish)
    33. Fenerbahçe basketball coaches
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