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Cenk Akyol
PG/SG - 6'5, 195lbs - 37 years old - 0 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2010 season
  • Birthdate: 04/16/1987
  • Drafted (NBA): 59th pick, 2005
  • Pre-draft team: Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
  • Country: Turkey
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2005 NBA DraftNBADrafted 59th overall by Atlanta.
7th December, 2007TurkeyLoaned by Efes Pilsen to Galatasaray for the remainder of the season.
23rd July, 2009ItalySigned a one year contract with Avellino.
26th June, 2010TurkeySigned a two year contract with Efes Pilsen.
7th July, 2012TurkeySigned a two year contract with Galatasaray.
20th February, 2014NBADraft rights traded by Atlanta to L.A. Clippers in exchange for Antawn Jamison and cash.
18th August, 2014TurkeySigned a one year contract with Anadolu Efes.
7th January, 2015NBADraft rights traded by L.A. Clippers, along with Jared Cunningham and cash, to Philadelphia in exchange for the draft rights to Sergei Lishouk (#49, 2004).
19th February, 2015NBADraft rights traded by Philadelphia to Denver in exchange for JaVale McGee, the draft rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum (#56, 2011), and a protected future first round pick (#26, 2016, Furkan Korkmaz).
3rd July, 2015TurkeySigned a three year contract with Besiktas. Included team option for 2017/18.
18th October, 2016TurkeyLeft Besiktas.
20th October, 2016TurkeySigned for the remainder of the season with Acibadem.
18th January, 2017NBADraft rights traded by Denver to Atlanta in exchange for Mo Williams and cash.
23rd January, 2017TurkeyLeft Acibadem.
23rd February, 2017NBADraft rights traded by Atlanta, along with Mike Scott and cash, to Phoenix in exchange for a protected 2017 second round pick (not conveyed).
29th November, 2017TurkeySigned for the remainder of the season with Artvin.
2nd July, 2018TurkeySigned a one year contract with Bak?rköy Basket.
Career Moves
2003 - December 2007Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
December 2007 - June 2008Galatasaray (Turkey)
July 2008 - June 2009Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
July 2009 - June 2010Avellino (Italy)
June 2010 - June 2012Efes Pilsen/Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
July 2012 - June 2014Galatasaray (Turkey)
August 2014 - June 2015Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
July 2015 - October 2016Besiktas (Turkey)
October 2016 - January 2017Acibadem (Turkey, TBL)
November 2017 - June 2018Artvin (Turkey, TBL2)
July 2018 - presentBakirkoy (Turkey, TBL)
Articles about Cenk Akyol

June 29, 2017

Cenk Akyol - 59th pick, 2005
Never developed his game beyond becoming a shooting specialist, and while this is useful in his homeland, he is not close to being an NBA calibre one.

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April 2, 2011

Cenk Akyol (59th pick, 2005)

- Akyol was drafted by the Hawks aged only 18, on the off-chance that he would flourish into an elite European big point guard in the mold of someone like Milos Teodosic. In the years hence, Akyol has developed as a player, but not so much as a point guard. Playing for the stacked Efes Pilsen, Cenk averages 5.2 points and 0.9 assists in 12.2 minutes per game in the TBL, used primarily as an three point specialising off-guard. Minutes in Efes Pilsen's backcourt are crazily difficult to come by; Akyol was joined in the backcourt by Flip Murray, Ender Aslan, Sinan Guler, Andrew Wisniewski, Igor Rakocevic, Bootsy Thornton and Kerem Tunceri, all established veterans of demonstrable talent, and all higher on the pecking order than Akyol. Because of the wealth of options available, Akyol is used only in TBL games, and did not play in the Euroleague between November and March. He was healthy, but he was surplus. Of those 8 guard options, Akyol was eighth choice. Wisniewski has left, but that still leaves Akyol seventh.

Akyol is still only 23 years old, and will be around for a long time yet, but the Hawks seem to have shown no interest in him for several years.

Chances of making the NBA expressed as an arbitrary percentage: 2%

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December 29, 2009

- Cenk Akyol

After at least 7 years there, Akyol finally left Efes Pilsen in his native Turkey this summer, and moved to Italy to join Air Avellino. He missed six weeks due to injury, and has appeared in only 6 of 11 Serie A games for the team, but he's averaging 7.0 points and 2.2 steals in 21 minutes per game. The 17% three point shooting is not a great start, and nor is the 5 total assists, but Akyol is still young. He's only 22. Feels like he shouldn't be by now.

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