Utah Jazz add secret Euroleague weapon to coaching staff

New Utah Jazz assistant Erdem Can (Alexander Safonov/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
New Utah Jazz assistant Erdem Can (Alexander Safonov/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) /

The Utah Jazz added Erdem Can to Head Coach Quin Snyder’s staff last Friday. Can brings a depth of experience as a former assistant on the esteemed Fenerbache in the highly-competitive Turkish league. He’ll look to continue his winning ways in joining an NBA teaming gearing up for title contention in the Jazz.

Serving under renowned Head Coach Željko Obradović, Can and the rest of Fenerbache saw four Turkish League championships, three Turkish cups, five EuroLeague Final Fours, three Euroleague finals and one EuroLeague championship during his tenure with the team.

That’s a lot of hardware, and Can will hope to bring a similar level of success to Salt Lake City as a member of the Utah Jazz coaching staff. Can already has a level of familiarity with the Jazz, having assisted the team in both Salt Lake City Summer League and Las Vegas. With the announcement of Friday’s news, the longstanding relationship between the Utah Jazz and Erdem Can becomes official.

Can brings a wealth of experience to the team. He played professional basketball in Turkey from 1993 to 1998. He also served as the Head Coach of Turkish first division team Oline Edirne from 2010 to 2012.

While not quite NBA-level, the Turkish League is nonetheless respected as one of the most competitive basketball environments in the world. Can’s experience as a player, assistant coach and Head Coach in his native Turkey should be a substantial benefit as he makes his move stateside to join the Utah Jazz.

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Can also brings a master’s degree in political science and public administration from Ankara University in his native Turkey as well. With such a diverse and accomplished background, one can assume that Erdem Can will be a valuable asset for Head Coach Quin Snyder and the Utah Jazz as they continue their pursuit of a championship through the 2021-22 NBA season.