Turkish Basketball All-Star 2016 rosters announced
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJan 21, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 21, 2016 12:00 am
Turkish Basketball Federation CEO Hidayet Türkoğlu and Spor Toto Basketball League (BSL) Director Samer Şenbayrak announced the selections for the Spor Toto All-Star 2016, set for Jan. 24 at the Ülker Sports Arena in Istanbul. "With the support of our sponsors and the participation of such talented athletes, this promises to be the best Spor Toto All-Star yet," Türkoğlu said.
"I invite all fans to be a part of the excitement at the Ülker Sports Arena, it's going to be a great day of basketball."
The 16th Spor Toto All-Star game will feature some of the biggest stars in international basketball as Team Asia faces Team Europe. The day kicks off at 1:30 p.m. with the Leaseplan Skills Competition, the ING Bank 3-Point Contest, and the Sony Xperia Slam Dunk Competition. The main event tips off at 4:30 p.m. The action will be broadcast live. Each team's starting five was selected via fan voting on a new platform sponsored by Sony Xperia.
Fenerbahçe center Jan Vesely led all players with 51,322 votes. Bobby Dixon (Fenerbahçe), Kenan Sipahi (Pınar Karşıyaka), Bogdan Bogdanovic (Fenerbahçe), and Kenny Gabriel (Pınar Karşıyaka) were also voted into Team Asia's starting five.
For Team Europe, Anadolu Efes star Cedi Osman led the way with 35,757 votes. Thomas Huertel (Anadolu Efes), Sinan Güler (Galatasaray Odeabank), Vladimir Micov (Galatasaray Odeabank), and Semih Erden (Darüşşafaka Doğuş) will also start. Banvit head coach Selçuk Ernak will be at the helm of Team Asia, while Galatasaray Odeabank Head Coach Ergin Ataman will lead Team Europe.
"The number of fans who voted this year was unprecedented, reflecting the tremendous passion our fans have for basketball and the Spor Toto Basketball League," Şenbayrak said. "Last year we broke the attendance record for the All-Star game and experienced an unforgettable day. With new innovations this year we will set an even higher standard."
In addition to the basketball excitement, Turkish singer Ece Seçkin will perform alongside producer and DJ Ozan Doğulu. At the press conference's conclusion Türkoğlu invited fans across Turkey to submit a video of their "All-Star moves" via Twitter. The best videos tweeted to the @basketsuperligi Twitter account with the hashtag #allstarhareketim (My All-Star Move) will be eligible for special prizes, including the opportunity to participate in the opening tip and watch the game courtside with the All-Stars.