Omer Asik – Turkey and Houston Rockets

12. Ömer Asik (Turkey)

After warming the bench for Joakim Noah in Chicago for two seasons, a move south to the more temperate Houston has provided "the Turkish Hammer," Omer Asik, with the NBA breakthrough he has been waiting for. Starting in all 16 of the Rockets' first games of the season, the 26-year-old was averaging NBA career-best figures of 11 points and 12.3 rebounds a night, earning widespread plaudits in the US media as the Rockets look to return to post-season action following a three-year hiatus.

 

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