Hidayet "Hedo" Türkoğlu (born March 19, 1979 in Gaziosmanpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish professional basketball player currently with the NBA's Orlando Magic.
He stands 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) tall and plays in the small forward position. He is a solid shooter inside and outside of the three point line and is a versatile player who has played four positions from point guard to power forward during his career.
Before coming to the NBA, Türkoğlu cited Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill, Scottie Pippen, Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell as his favorite players. He was selected with the 16th pick by the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft from one of Istanbul's and Turkey's top clubs, Efes Pilsen.
He was a finalist for the league's Sixth Man of the Year Award in his sophomore season after averaging 10.1 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game coming off the bench. His name also inspired a Burger King menu called Hido Menu in Turkey during the first years of his NBA career.
In 2003 Türkoğlu was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in a three-team trade that sent Brad Miller of the Indiana Pacers to the Kings while Indiana acquired Scot Pollard from the
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