The NBA season is coming up faster than we all realize and it is nice to know what the players on your favorite team are doing during the summer. Many players on the Milwaukee Bucks have kept a low profile throughout the offseason. However, Ersan Ilyasova has been in the limelight for Turkey’s national team.
Ersan has played only two games for Turkey this summer in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, but he has made a significant impact. On September 14th, Turkey beat the Montenegro national team, 79-69. In this game Ilyasova had 17 points, two 3-pointers, 8 rebounds (4 offensive), 3 assists, and 1 steal. He was +8 on the court and was the main reason Turkey won by double digits. Three days later Turkey had another game, this time against Slovenia, in which they also won, 86-77. Ilyasova showed versatility on offense and defense with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. His +11 proved that whenever he was on the court, the Turkey national team succeeded. Over the two games he averaged 15.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.5 steals.
Ersan Ilyasova last played for the Bucks during the 2014-15 season. He played 7 seasons for Milwaukee averaging 23.9 minutes per game, 10.7 points, while shooting 48% from the field (37% from three), and 6.0 rebounds. Last year, Ersan played for the Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers where he contributed as a top role player. Ilyasova will never be a guy to go out and score 20+ points and haul in double digit rebounds every night, but teams can count on him to be consistent, play hard, and get his 10 points and 6 rebounds. A young team like the Bucks can always improve with more consistency.
The Milwaukee Bucks acquired Ersan Ilyasova this summer to add a veteran forward who can rebound and stretch the floor. Some games he will be asked to start but most of the time he will come off the bench. Ilyasova adds to a frontcourt (besides Giannis of course) who struggled last season. If Ersan can play for the Bucks the same way he has for Turkey, Milwaukee will be getting exactly what they wanted.