Jeff Turner

Jeff Turner
Personal information
Born (1962-04-09) April 9, 1962
Bangor, Maine
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Brandon (Brandon, Florida)
College Vanderbilt (1980–1984)
NBA draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career 1984–1996
Position Power forward
Number 35, 30, 31
Career history
19841987 New Jersey Nets
1986–1989 Arexons / Vismara Cantù
19891996 Orlando Magic
Stats at

Jeffrey Steven Turner (born April 9, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player and broadcasting announcer. Turner played ten NBA seasons (1984–1987; 1989–1996), spending time with the New Jersey Nets as well as the Orlando Magic. He ended his NBA career with 3,697 career points. Turner was a 6' 9" forward/center. After his career ended he spent nine years as a radio color commentator for the Magic. He then served as the head boys basketball coach at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida from to 2005 to 2013, where he compiled a 151-72 record and won the state title in 2013. From 2011 to 2013 he was also a studio analyst for Magic games. In 2013, Turner was named television color commentator for the Magic.[1]

Turner starred as a college player for Vanderbilt University. He was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 17th pick of the 1984 NBA Draft.

Turner was a member of the Gold Medal 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team coached by Bobby Knight. The team included Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Steve Alford. Turner also played for the US national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, winning the silver medal.[2]


On June 4, 2008, the Associated Press reported that Ronnie Craven of Somerville, Massachusetts, had been posing as Turner and using the identity to facilitate sexual encounters with women he met in online chat rooms. His ruse also included the additional falsehood that "Jeff Turner" was employed in the front office of the Seattle SuperSonics (Turner has never worked for the Sonics). Craven says he has received a cease-and-desist order from a lawyer for the Sonics. Craven said he was embarrassed and would stop lying about his identity.[3]

See also


  1. Denton, John (July 1, 2013). "Denton: Jeff Turner Named New TV Analyst". Orlando Magic. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  2. 1982 USA Basketball Archived June 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Man admits posing as Sonics employee
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