Furkan Korkmaz climbs Sixers’ all-time ranks in win vs. Pelicans
Thanks to incredible performances from Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris, the Philadelphia 76ers kept their momentum rolling with a 117-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. While many will focus on the play of the team’s stars, a member of the supporting cast climbed up the all-time leaderboards Tuesday night.
So far this season, things have been up-and-down for Furkan Korkmaz. He started the year off shocking many with his impressive play in the backup point guard role and then went on a cold spell that caused Doc Rivers to shorten his minutes.
Korkmaz struggled from the floor against the Pelicans but still managed to help contribute to the win. In 37 minutes of action, the 24-year-old tallied 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists.
Since entering the NBA, Korkmaz has built a reputation of being a three-point marksman. Despite only making two of his seven attempts against New Orleans, the Turkish product inched his way up the Sixers’ leaderboards.
Following Tuesday’s matchup, Korkmaz now sits at eighth all-time in team history with 357 three-pointers made. The top spot belongs to Allen Iverson, who tallied 885 threes during his 12 seasons with the Sixers.
Out of the players in the top ten, Korkmaz has played in the second-fewest amount of games. Only JJ Redick (433 threes in 146 games) climbed the leaderboards in less time.
With still a lot of basketball to be played this season, Korkmaz has a chance to slide up another spot. Currently, Lou Williams sits at seventh all-time with 373 made threes. Outside of another prolonged cold spell from deep, Korkmaz should break this mark by the conclusion of the regular season. He better keep an eye out though as Joel Embiid is not far behind him at 342 career makes.
Albeit he is a very streaky player, Korkmaz has been a mainstay on the Sixers over the years. His ability to catch fire at a moment’s notice has made him a key piece to the supporting cast and landed him in the history books.
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