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Ersan İlyasova
Ersan Ilyasova Bucks.jpg
İlyasova with the Bucks
No. 7 – Atlanta Hawks
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 29)
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
Playing career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2004 Yeşilyurt
2004–2005 Ülkerspor
20052007 Milwaukee Bucks
2005–2006 Tulsa 66ers
2007–2009 FC Barcelona
20092015 Milwaukee Bucks
2011 Anadolu Efes
2015–2016 Detroit Pistons
2016 Orlando Magic
2016 Oklahoma City Thunder
2016–2017 Philadelphia 76ers
2017–present Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ersan İlyasova (born May 15, 1987)[1] is a Turkish professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously played in Turkey, Spain and the NBA Development League.

Professional career[edit]

Turkey (2003–2005)[edit]

After playing for Yeşilyurt in the Turkish second division league during the 2003–04 season, İlyasova stepped up to the Turkish Basketball League for the 2004–05 season with Ülkerspor, averaging 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in eleven games.[2]

Milwaukee Bucks (2005–2007)[edit]

İlyasova was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 36th overall pick of the 2005 NBA draft. In July 2005, he joined the Bucks for the 2005 NBA Summer League. On August 22, 2005, he signed with the Bucks. On November 14, 2005, he was assigned to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, an assignment that lasted the entire 2005–06 season.[3] In 46 games for the 66ers, he averaged 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.[4]

İlyasova made his NBA debut for the Bucks on November 1, 2006 in a 105–97 win over the Detroit Pistons.[5] In 2006–07, he played 66 games for the Bucks, averaging 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. In June 2007, the Bucks tendered a qualifying offer to İlyasova to make him a restricted free agent.

Spain (2007–2009)[edit]

On July 18, 2007, İlyasova signed a two-year deal with FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB.[6] In 2009, İlyasova won a championship with Barcelona.

Second stint with Milwaukee (2009–2015)[edit]

In July 2009, İlyasova signed a multi-year deal to return to the Milwaukee Bucks.[7]

On August 3, 2011, İlyasova signed with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League for the duration of the NBA lockout.[8] In December 2011, he returned to the Bucks following the conclusion of the lockout.

On February 19, 2012, İlyasova set new career-highs with 29 points and 25 rebounds against the New Jersey Nets, becoming just 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.[9] He subsequently earned the Player of the Week award for his performances from March 5–11.

On July 12, 2012, İlyasova re-signed with the Bucks on a multi-year deal.[10][11]

On March 27, 2014, İlyasova was ruled out for the remainder of the 2013–14 season due to a right ankle injury.[12]

On March 26, 2015, İlyasova scored a career-high 34 points in a 111-107 win over the Indiana Pacers.[13]

Detroit Pistons (2015–2016)[edit]

On June 11, 2015, İlyasova was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Caron Butler and Shawne Williams.[14] On October 27, he made his debut for the Pistons in a 106–94 win over the Atlanta Hawks, recording 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one block in 34 minutes.[15]

Orlando Magic (2016)[edit]

On February 16, 2016, İlyasova was traded to the Orlando Magic, along with Brandon Jennings, in exchange for Tobias Harris.[16] The next day, he made his debut with the Magic in a 110–104 win over the Dallas Mavericks, recording 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes.[17]

Oklahoma City Thunder (2016)[edit]

On June 23, 2016, İlyasova was traded, along with Victor Oladipo and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis, to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Serge Ibaka.[18] He appeared in three games for the Thunder to begin the 2016–17 season.

Philadelphia 76ers (2016–2017)[edit]

On November 1, 2016, İlyasova was traded, along with a conditional first-round pick, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Jerami Grant.[19] He made his debut for the 76ers the next day, scoring an equal team-high 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting in a 109–93 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.[20] On December 6, he had season bests of 23 points and 17 rebounds in a 96–91 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[21] He had a second 23-point game on December 8 against the New Orleans Pelicans, and a third 23-point game on December 30 against the Denver Nuggets—both resulting in wins.[22] On January 29, 2017, he scored a season-high 31 points in a 121–108 loss to the Chicago Bulls.[23]

Atlanta Hawks (2017–present)[edit]

On February 22, 2017, İlyasova was traded again, this time to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter, a protected 2017 second-round pick, and the option to swap a second-round pick.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

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

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA[edit]

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
2014–15 Milwaukee 58 36 22.7 .472 .389 .645 4.8 1.0 .6 .3 11.5
2015–16 Detroit 52 52 27.6 .425 .363 .725 5.4 1.1 .7 .5 11.3
2015–16 Orlando 22 4 20.3 .418 .409 .711 5.5 .5 .6 .3 8.1
2016–17 Oklahoma City 3 0 20.8 .375 .250 .000 5.3 .3 1.0 .3 5.0
2016–17 Philadelphia 53 40 27.3 .440 .359 .768 5.9 1.8 .6 .3 14.8
Career 583 353 24.4 .443 .367 .768 6.0 1.1 .7 .4 11.0

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
2015 Milwaukee 6 6 23.7 .328 .217 .700 3.8 .5 .8 .5 8.7
Career 17 10 24.5 .408 .298 .800 6.2 .8 .9 .3 9.8

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 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

National team career[edit]

İlyasova (right) with Turkey in September 2010

Before playing for the senior Turkey national basketball team, İlyasova 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.[25] İlyasova has since represented Turkey at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, EuroBasket 2007, EuroBasket 2009, 2010 FIBA World Championship, EuroBasket 2011, EuroBasket 2013 and EuroBasket 2015.[26]

Personal life[edit]

İlyasova is the son of Crimean Tatar parents, Anvar and Iraliye İlyasova.[27]

İlyasova is married to a woman named Julia, who was born in Belarus. They have two daughters, Xenia and Catherine, who were born in Milwaukee.[28]

Controversy[edit]

Since the 2003 Turkish Junior Basketball Championship held in Konya, there has been some controversy to İlyasova's age and national origin.[29] The controversy is fueled by the claim that a man named Arsen Ilyasov, born in 1984 in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, entered Turkey as an 18-year-old in August 7, 2002 and was never heard from again, while on September 19, 2002, a man claimed to have forgotten to register the birth of his now 15-year-old son, and did so as Ersan İlyasova, a Turkish citizen.[30] This claim, that İlyasova is actually Ilyasov and should be an Uzbek player, was officially put forth by the Uzbekistan Basketball Federation in a grievance, but FIBA ruled in the Turkish Basketball Federation's favor.[28] While this controversy was brewing, some media outlets, such as ESPN's Chad Ford, openly referred to Ilyasova as "The 17-year-old forward from Uzbekistan is widely considered the best prospect to ever come out of Turkey."[31] Other biographies, while not claiming an Uzbek birth, still maintain a 1984 birth year.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ersan Ilyasova Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved July 18, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Ersan Ilyasova – Turkish Basketball League Player". TBLStat.net. Retrieved July 18, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks send Ersan Ilyasova to D-League". InsideHoops.com. November 14, 2005. Retrieved July 18, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Ersan Ilyasova D-League Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 28, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons Box Score, November 1, 2006". Basketball-Reference.com. November 1, 2006. Retrieved November 1, 2006. 
  6. ^ "AXA FC Barcelona lands Ilyasova". Euroleague.net. July 18, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2007. 
  7. ^ "BUCKS REACH AGREEMENT WITH ILYASOVA". NBA.com. July 23, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Anadolu Efes officially announces Ersan Ilyasova". Sportando.com. August 3, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ersan Ilyasova, Bucks spoil Brook Lopez's season debut for Nets". ESPN.com. February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bucks Re-Sign Ersan Ilyasova". NBA.com. July 12, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bucks re-sign forward Ersan Ilyasova". ESPN.com. July 12, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ Golliver, Ben (March 27, 2014). "Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova out for season with ankle injury". SI.com. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ilyasova scores 34 points, Bucks beat Pacers 111-107". NBA.com. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Pistons Acquire Forward Ersan Ilyasova From Milwaukee In Exchange For Caron Butler And Shawne Williams". NBA.com. June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Pistons surprise Hawks on opening night, winning 106-94". NBA.com. October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Magic Acquire Jennings and Ilyasova From Pistons in Exchange for Harris". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Mavs set franchise best for 3s but lose to Magic in OT". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Thunder Acquires Oladipo, Ilyasova and Draft Rights to Sabonis". NBA.com. June 23, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Sixers Acquire Ilyasova, First-Round Pick from OKC". NBA.com. November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Batum breaks out, leads Hornets past 76ers 109-93". ESPN.com. November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Gasol has 26 points, 12 boards to lead Grizzlies past Sixers". ESPN.com. December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Ersan Ilyasova 2016-17 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Butler, Lopez lead Bulls to 121-108 win over 76ers". ESPN.com. January 29, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Sixers Acquire Draft Pick Considerations, Splitter from Atlanta". NBA.com. February 22, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  25. ^ Fernández, Luis (September 22, 2006). "A Look Back At The U-20 European Championships (Part Two)". DraftExpress.com. Retrieved September 22, 2006. 
  26. ^ "Ersan Ilyasova profile, EuroBasket 2015 - FIBA.COM". Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "Life history of Crimean Tatar basketball player". QHA.com.ua. September 23, 2009. Retrieved September 23, 2009. 
  28. ^ a b "Is Ilyasova A Turkish Name?". Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  29. ^ "SPORTS - Ulker implicated in Ilyasova scandal". Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  30. ^ "DraftExpress: Ersan Ilyasova, the Turkish pearl". Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  31. ^ "Ford: Turkey, Day One". 5 May 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  32. ^ "Life history of Crimean Tatar basketball player". Retrieved 22 January 2017. 

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