In this series, Sixers Wire is examining the 17 players that make up the Philadelphia 76ers roster — 15 under contract and the two players on two-way deals — and giving each three goals for the 2019-20 season.
After previewing the two two-way players along with three others on the roster, the next man up to receive his three goals is Furkan Korkmaz. The third-year player from Turkey made a peculiar move to return to Philadelphia after reports were that he had a deal overseas.
Nevertheless, Korkmaz is back and his three goals are:
Seize new opportunity
Korkmaz has a new chance to prove he should be a consistent part of the Sixers rotation with Jimmy Butler off to the Miami Heat and JJ Redick headed to the New Orleans Pelicans. He was in-and-out of the rotation in 2018-19 due to the additions the team made. Now that there is an opening, he has to prove he can take control of that spot.
He has the billing of a three-point shooter and he shot 35.8% from deep in December and then 36.8% in January. But after that, his three-point shooting dipped to 25% in February before a knee injury forced him to miss all of March. With Redick gone, the Sixers will need someone to space the floor and Korkmaz can replace some of what was lost, if given a chance.
A big reason Korkmaz was in-and-out of the rotation was that he struggled on the defensive end of the floor. He had begun to show small improvements before his knee injury and it will be important for him to progress in this area to earn a consistent spot in coach Brett Brown’s rotation. Brown values defense almost as much as shooting so Korkmaz will have to be productive on both ends.
Add to the offensive game
Another thing Korkmaz can do to prove himself in Philadelphia is add other elements to his game. He will most likely be spot-up shooter a majority of the time, but if he can add a pump fake and a dribble move, it would make him much more effective. Diversifying his skills can also open up opportunities for others. Korkmaz only averaged 1.1 assists in 2018-19 and, on this talented team, there will be plenty of assist chances. Averaging more than the 2.2 rebounds, given his 6-foot-7 frame, will earn him more looks from the coaching staff also.
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