Ersan Ilyasova Rumors

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Ersan Ilyasova
Ersan Ilyasova
Position: F
Born: 05/15/87
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $8,400,000
Ersan Ilyasova has, for many years, been a fine basketball player. A 6-foot-10 power forward for the Atlanta Hawks, Ilyasova was averaging 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds a game through Thursday. He is a dependable defender and an excellent outside shooter. He even has a cool nickname: Turkish Thunder. But Ilyasova, 29, does one thing better than anyone else in the N.B.A., a specialized skill that often goes unnoticed: He draws charges like a magnet. “He knows exactly where to be,” the Hawks’ first-year guard Malcolm Delaney said. “He’s always in the right place.”
Ilyasova acquired the skill once he came to the N.B.A. in 2006. It was not a painless process. “My first couple years, I always had bruises on my lower back,” he said. There are still occasions when Ilyasova pays for his willingness to sacrifice his body for the greater good. For example, he said, he once tried to draw a charge from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, an experience Ilyasova equated to “jumping in front of a train.” He absorbed the full force of James’s 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame.