Ersan İlyasova

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Ersan İlyasova
Ersan Ilyasova Bucks.jpg
İlyasova with the Bucks
No. 7 – Milwaukee Bucks
Position Forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 27)
Eskişehir, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 2004–present
Career history
2004–2005 Ülkerspor (Turkey)
2005–2006 Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
2006–2007 Milwaukee Bucks
2007–2009 FC Barcelona (Spain)
2009–present Milwaukee Bucks
2011 Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ersan İlyasova (born May 15, 1987) is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) in height.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Turkey[edit]

After playing with the youth team of Ülkerspor, İlyasova played professionally in the Turkish League with the senior squad of Ülkerspor during the 2004-05 season, averaging 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in eleven games.[2]

NBA[edit]

İlyasova was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round (36th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft and signed a two-year contract with them on August 23, 2005. İlyasova did not play in an NBA game during the 2005-06 season. He was instead assigned to the Bucks' affiliated D-League team, the Tulsa 66ers,[3] where he played 46 games and averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.[4]

İlyasova made his NBA debut on November 1, 2006 as a member of the Bucks. At the end of the season, İlyasova left the Bucks to play for FC Barcelona in the Liga ACB and Euroleague.

Spain[edit]

On June 16, 2007, İlyasova accepted a two-year contract with Liga ACB club FC Barcelona.[5] He was the first Turkish player in team history.[6]

Return to the NBA[edit]

In July 2009, İlyasova returned to the Bucks, signing a three-year $7 million contract.[7][8]

In the summer of 2011, during the 2011 NBA lockout, he signed a contract with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League.[9] In December 2011, he returned to the United States to play for the Bucks in the 2011–12 NBA season.

On February 19, 2012, İlyasova set new career highs with 29 points and 25 rebounds against the New Jersey Nets. He became only the third Bucks player in franchise history to record at least 25 points and 25 rebounds in a game, after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (10 times) and Swen Nater (once). The feat had not been achieved for more than 35 years.[10] He would earn a Player of the Week award due to his performances from March 5–11.

On July 12, 2012, İlyasova re-signed with the Bucks a 5 year, $40 million contract.

On March 27, 2014, he was ruled out for the remainder of the 2013–14 season due to a right ankle injury.[11]

Turkish national team[edit]

Before İlyasova was chosen to play for the senior Turkish national team, he was named the MVP of the 2006 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, after leading Turkey's junior national team to a silver medal in İzmir.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Duško Savanović and Ilyasova
Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

NBA regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Milwaukee 66 14 14.7 .383 .365 .787 2.9 .7 .4 .3 6.1
2009–10 Milwaukee 81 31 23.4 .443 .336 .715 6.4 1.0 .7 .3 10.4
2010–11 Milwaukee 60 34 25.1 .436 .298 .894 6.1 .9 .9 .4 9.5
2011–12 Milwaukee 60 41 27.6 .492 .455 .781 8.8 1.2 .7 .7 13.0
2012–13 Milwaukee 73 54 27.6 .462 .444 .796 7.1 1.6 .9 .5 13.2
2013–14 Milwaukee 55 47 26.9 .409 .282 .823 6.2 1.3 .8 .1 11.2
Career 395 221 24.1 .443 .366 .793 6.2 1.1 .7 .4 10.6

NBA Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Milwaukee 7 0 22.4 .480 .357 .833 7.6 .4 .7 .1 9.7
2013 Milwaukee 4 4 29.3 .435 .400 1.000 7.3 1.8 1.3 .3 11.5
Career 11 4 24.9 .458 .375 .850 7.5 .9 .9 .2 10.4

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2004–05 Ülkerspor 6 0 4.8 .267 .111 .500 .5 .0 .0 .0 1.7 - 1.0
2007–08 FC Barcelona 22 8 18.1 .379 .241 .538 4.7 .7 .8 1.1 6.1 7.1
2008–09 FC Barcelona 22 15 20.8 .457 .403 .816 7.0 .8 .5 .6 10.5 13.0
2011–12 Anadolu Efes 8 8 20.7 .482 .353 .593 5.5 .9 1.5 1.5 9.5 13.6
Career 58 31 18.1 .426 .323 .667 5.2 .7 .7 .8 7.8 9.4

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nikita Kurbanov
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP
2006
Succeeded by
Miloš Teodosić