Mirsad Türkcan is a Turkish former professional basketball player and owner of IstBasket. Mirsad has an excellent professional career; he is a three-time All-EuroLeague Team member and the fourth best rebounder in the history of EuroLeague (with 1,287 total rebounds).
Türkcan grew up with Efes Pilsen’s junior team. He made his professional debut also with Efes Pilsen during the 1994–95 season. He was selected by the Houston Rockets in the 1998 NBA Draft, but had to wait for his debut in the NBA.
Because of the 1998–99 NBA lockout, he returned to Istanbul and continued to play for Efes Pilsen. He was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in January 1999, and then to the New York Knicks in March 1999. He was the first Turkish basketball player to play in the National Basketball Association, where he played for New York and Milwaukee.