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Moore: Furkan Korkmaz shooting his way to an essential role for the Sixers

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20.01.2020

After the team declined to pick up his third-year option, the guard from Turkey signed for less money and is showing he can be a reliable bench scorer

Anybody who predicted Furkan Korkmaz, who was seemingly unwanted heading into the summer, would be the 76ers’ top bench scorer midway through the 2019-20 deserves a prize.

Returning reserves Mike Scott or James Ennis would’ve made a lot more sense than Korkmaz for a number of reasons.

After the Sixers declined Korkmaz’s third-year option of $2 million in October 2018, he appeared destined to return home to play in Turkey, only to sign a two-year deal win July with only the first season guaranteed at the league minimum ($1.6 million).

Given Brett Brown’s emphasis on defense, the offensive-oriented Korkmaz figured to have a difficult time cracking the coach’s regular rotation. However, the Sixers’ lack of perimeter shooters off the bench convinced Brown to give the 22-year-old Korkmaz a chance in an effort to “grow a bomber,” as Brown put it.

And Korkmaz’s importance continues to grow as the season has progressed, especially with star center Joel........

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