Salt Lake City, UT, United States (4E Sports) – Former All-Star center Mehmet Okur officially retired from competitive basketball Thursday, putting an end in his solid 11-year NBA career.
The 33-year-old Okur spent his first two seasons with the Detroit Pistons, where he won his only NBA championship in 2004.
After a solid second season with the Pistons, Okur signed a six-year, $50-million deal with the Utah Jazz and went on to post his best numbers in his career.
In 2007, Okur made it in the All-Star team after averaging 17.6 points and 7.2 boards that season.
But Okur was hampered by injuries in the last two seasons, making him a subject of trade rumors.
Okur then rejoined his former teammate Deron Williams in New Jersey after he was traded by the Jazz for a second-round pick in 2005. After 17 games, the Turkish bigman was shipped again to the Portland Trail Blazers in a trade for Gerald Wallace. The Blazers waived Okur.
“A player of certain level should say goodbye to the sport he loves when his body doesn’t let him to be as he used to be,” Okur said in prepared remarks.
“I want to thank my family, coaches, partners, and all those who have accompanied me in basketball,” Okur added. “Also, a special thanks to the fans who have always supported me.”
Okur averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 boards over his NBA career.