Ersan Ilyasova Rumors

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Ersan Ilyasova
Ersan Ilyasova
Position: F
Born: 05/15/87
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $7,000,000
You already had several big men in your rotation. What do you feel Robin Lopez adds? Jon Horst: A true 5 (center). We felt like Ersan (Ilyasova) is versatile and a really good player and has great moments for us. D.J. (Wilson) is growing again and is versatile. Giannis can slide down and play 5. Obviously, more of a 4, 3, 2, 1 than he is a 5. I think, for us, to have a true 5 – none of those guys are true 5s – and to have a true 5 on our roster the way that we play defensively to go from Brook to Robin on a consistent basis night in and night out defensively, we think is going to be a monster. We were the best defense in the league last year. We think we can be even better this year having him with the impact he can have protecting the rim and helping our rebounding.
In his mind, the 12 Giant Men should be thinking big ahead of China. “I’d like to win another medal or more for the national team before I stop playing,” he said. “I know it’s always tough to reach the medal spots and win titles because there are always more and more national teams that can compete for the top spots in international competitions. I also have the goal to help bring Turkey back to the Olympics by having a good run in China.”
1 year ago via FIBA
The Eastern Conference doesn’t belong to Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks — yet. But they’re two wins away, after Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to add 17 points and the Bucks never trailed on the way to a 125-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night and a 2-0 lead in the East finals. “He plays so hard, he lays it all on the line, every time,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “It was a great start for us. I think everybody fed off of Giannis and how he started the game.”
But five other players scored in double figures. Ersan Ilyasova had 17, Nikola Mirotic 15, Malcolm Brogdon 14, George Hill 13 and Khris Middleton 12. The scoring came in all directions from all areas of the floor. The Bucks spread the ball and the scoring. “We want guys that are basketball players that have high IQs that can do, like you said, dribble, pass, shoot, can make reads, make decisions,” Budenholzer said. “We try to develop them. We try and empower them. We try to play a way where they all feel like they can contribute and do things. Hopefully that’s paying off for us, and guys appreciate it. I think they grow and develop here.”
According to Osman, there are high hopes this year for Turkey, which also rosters NBA players Ersan Ilyasova and Furkan Korkmaz. Former Cavalier Semih Erden and Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Scottie Wilbekin are also expected to play, rounding out the squad’s top five. “I feel like we can go further (than in the past),” said Osman, who helped Turkey advance to the quarterfinals before losing to Lithuania in 2014. “I feel we can go top 8. If we finish second in group we are going to play against probably Greece or Brazil in the next round. It will be really tough and we will see. We will try to do something big and it won’t be easy. It’s pretty exciting.”
Mike Budenholzer has stuck with him through the tough times, giving Ilyasova run as part of the regular rotation in each of the past 15 games since he returned from a broken nose. In that time, he’s been a slight net positive with an average plus-minus rating of 0.9. Budenholzer, who coached Ilyasova in Atlanta during each of the past two seasons, has decreased Ilyasova’s minutes during his recent downturn but has remained steadfast in giving the 31-year-old forward consistent opportunities.
“I think it’s more about what he’s done historically,” Budenholzer said when asked why he continues to play Ilyasova. “He’s been a great player in this league. Just kind of got to fight your way through it, he’s got to fight his way through it. He’s not playing as much as he’d like, I’m sure, but he’s been a great player in this league for a long time. That’s kind of what you lean on.”
Monday’s victory was, more than anything, a vote of confidence in a potent system based on generating quality looks with unselfish passing. Seven Bucks players finished in double figures, led by Ersan Ilyasova with 19 points, to help Milwaukee match its best start in franchise history (7-0 in 1971). Budenholzer rejected the idea that the system alone is what is making this team click on all cylinders. “The players are always the key,” Budenholzer said. “Anybody that thinks something different is crazy.”
2 years ago via ESPN
When​ Ersan Ilyasova agreed​ to​ a deal​ with​ the Milwaukee Bucks this summer, it​ was panned​ by​ many (this​ writer​ included)​​ as a hasty signing of a veteran forward for too much money, too many years and happening too early in free agency. The third year of the deal ended up being non-guaranteed, so the contract is effectively two years with a team option for the third year, but the question remained: Why commit to Ilyasova this early in free agency? “He’s reliable,” Bucks guard Khris Middleton said on Friday. “He’s a smart player. I played with him my first two years here. One, he can shoot the ball. Two, he’s a great defender. He’s everywhere. He makes smart plays on and off the ball on the defensive side. “Offensively, he’s so skilled and smart. He has a high basketball IQ, where you can put him in any situation and he can thrive in it.”
However, being unable to find statistics that prove an overwhelming impact is almost fitting for a player whose contributions tend to be more difficult to measure. It’s hard to show “being in the right place” or “making the smart play” when those things aren’t connected to shot attempts, but that is exactly what everyone says about Ilyasova. “We have a lot of guys in this league that can score and shoot, but there’s only one ball,” Ilyasova said on Friday. “We need more guys to just do the small things, including myself. Sometimes, you do have the opportunities to take shots, but it depends how the game goes. “Other things you can do always. You can be consistent with that. Going to the offensive glass, being more aggressive defensively, help your teammates by being in the right place and running the offense.”
The $129.8M luxury tax apron (hard cap) made it unrealistic for Milwaukee to match any offer sheet north of $12M for Jabari Parker. The apron was triggered when the Bucks agreed to terms with Ersan Ilyasova. The unlikely bonuses of Tony Snell and John Henson plus the pending signing of Brook Lopez left Milwaukee with only $8M in room below the apron.
2 years ago via ESPN