Giannis Antetokunmpo and the rest of the Greek National Team recently played the Turkish National Team, which among other players like Enes Kanter, features Cedi Osman.
Osman’s rights are held by the Cleveland Cavaliers and he’s a player who some hope can make an impact when/if he comes over to the NBA even though he’s just 21 years old. Against Antetokunmpo and the Greeks, Osman performed well in scoring 15 points and pulling down five rebounds. After the game, Anteokunmpo had high praise for Osman. Via Eurobasket:
"Great player. I like him a lot. He is going to be really good and one day he is going to play in the NBA too. Maybe soon. When it comes to Europe…. oh my god! He is going to be a killer in Europe. A problem for many defenses, as long as he keeps working a lot."
As it stands, Osman may be the Cavaliers’ best young prospect. He’s 6’8", weighs in at 190 pounds and can play both the two and three spots. He’s not a great shooter, but he’s a fluid athlete who also shows promise as a creator.
This summer could be a big summer for him. Turkey hasn’t yet qualified for the Olympics, but will have a chance in July when the Turkish National Team plays in a qualifying event in Manila. If Turkey wins that event against the likes of France, Canada and Senegal, they’ll go to the Olympics and Osman will get a chance to play against the world’s elite. Plus, Osman could come over the states and join the Cavs.
As it happens, he’s already making a name for himself.