Former Piston Mehmet Okur Quietly Retires From Basketball
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There was a time when Mehmet Okur was a real integral component of a Jerry Sloan-coached Utah Jazz team. Now, he’s retiring at the age of 33.
From 2005 through 2009, Okur averaged 16.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 34 minutes per game on a Jazz team that went 194-134 over four seasons. They also went 16-18 in three playoff appearances during that four-year stretch of his peak years.
Mehmet Okur had a 10-year career in which he averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He shot 45.8 percent for his career and made 596 3-pointers. Okur was one of the better stretch-4/perimeter centers we’ve seen over the last decade. He started his career as a key reserve for the Detroit Pistons and even won a title with them in 2004.
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