Alperen Sengun Rumors
Sengun’s emergence has been more or less out of the blue, as he wasn’t on anybody’s must-see list entering the season. At first, he does not pass the eye test as a 6-foot-10 center without freakish athleticism, and his defense in switches could certainly use some improvement. Nonetheless, he is destroying the Turkish League — probably the second-best domestic league in Europe at this point — as an 18-year-old. He is second in the league in scoring, rebounding and blocks. Nobody has had a PER above 30 in this league for the last decade (that’s as far back as the stats I’ve found go); Sengun’s is at a stratospheric 32.9, which needless to say leads the league by a wide margin. Did I mention he’s 18?
Meanwhile, another concern about him I think is much ado about nothing: his shooting. Scouts see him as a traditional big because he never has to venture beyond the 3-point line, but Sengun could easily adapt his game to play on the outside. He can handle the ball, pass and make decisions, and he shoots 80 percent from the line.
Jokic’s success, combined with Alperen Sengun’s quick spins, post footwork and behind the back passes, figures to bode well for Sengun, since the NBA evaluation process is so often shaped by recent trends and player comparisons. “I watch Jokic, and I really want to play in the same style that he has,” Sengun told ESPN through a translator after a practice in Istanbul. “Fadeaway, post moves. Generally, I study him. Some people say it’s similar to Jokic’s moves.”
As teams head to Istanbul to start getting eyes on Sengun for the first time this season, it’s time to start putting more stock in skill level and basketball instincts when determining upside, as that’s clearly where the NBA is trending, with Jokic as the prime example. “I will do better in the NBA than here,” said the ever-confident Sengun.
Turkish superprospect Alperen Sengun said that his goal is to get to the NBA “as soon as possible” in order to further improve and grow as a player. The 18-year-old big man is eligible to participate in the 2021 NBA draft.
“Some people say for me: ‘Let him gain 1-2 more years of experience’ and some say ‘let him go as soon as possible and develop there. Actually, I want to go there as soon as possible and develop there,” Sengun said to Turkish Anadolu News Agency. “But I’m not thinking about the NBA right now. It confuses my mind, it has a negative effect on the games. I’ll take a look at this at the end of the season.” I don’t know what will happen. I can stay in Besiktas and participate in the Draft. I’ll decide at the end of the season, I’m focused here now.”