Furkan Korkmaz had two of the best games of his career this past week with the Philadelphia 76ers which has earned him the “Player of the Week” award.
It’s hard to believe, but Furkan Korkmaz was the savior for the Philadelphia 76ers, not once but twice this past week. He caught fire like he never has before prior to this week heading into the All-Star and with that in mind, he’s earned this “Player of the Week” award.
In the 12-point victory against the Memphis Grizzlies, Korkmaz had a career night. He finished with 34 points (career-high), six rebounds, four assists, one block, and two turnovers, while converting 13-17 shot attempts, 7-9 3-pointers and 1-3 from the free throw line. He led all scorers in this game.
He followed up that performance with the second best game of his career in the win against the Chicago Bulls. He finished with 31 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two turnovers, while making 12-17 field goal attempts, 6-11 of his shots from deep and his one free throw attempt. Only Zach LaVine had more points than Korkmaz in this contest
In an attempt to better space the floor, head coach Brett Brown inserted Korkmaz in the starting lineup over Al Horford in the victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. However, it ended up being the worst game of the week for Korkmaz. He failed to score on any of his five attempts from the floor, four of which were from downtown. He only recorded one rebound and one steal. This game almost lost him the “Player of the Week” award.
It’s impossible to deny that Ben Simmons had a very impressive week. He had a strong case for “Player of the Week” had it not been for the two-game stretch that Korkmaz had. He recorded one double-double and two triple-doubles this past week. Simmons averaged 22.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 2.7 steals, 0.3 blocks, 5.7 turnovers and 3.0 fouls per game. Turnovers were the reason why he didn’t get “Player of the Week”.
Despite being held scoreless in one game, Korkmaz’s other two games literally were so good for the Philadelphia 76ers that it earned him “Player of the Week”. This past week, he averaged 21.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 1.3 fouls.