After Ersan Ilyasova's breakout campaign last season, the days of the Turkish power forward being underrated are over.
Fred Kerber of the New York Post tweeted on Sunday:
#Nets one time high radar target Ersan Ilyasova drawing interest from Bucks, Cavs, Raptors, Spurs— Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) July 1, 2012
It's no wonder why the 25-year-old unrestricted free agent is garnering heavy interest. Ilyasova averaged 13.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in just 27 minutes per game for the Milwaukee Bucks last season. He also shot 49 percent from the floor and 45 percent from downtown.
Going back to the 1979-1980 season (when the three-point line was added), Ilyasova is the only player to shoot 48 percent or better from the floor, 44 percent or better from long distance and grab at least 16 percent of available rebounds when on the court in a single season, according to BehindTheBuckPass.com. That will give you an idea of how effective he was in 2011-2012.
Ilyasova has the potential moving forward to be a constant double-double threat while being able to stretch the floor at the 4 spot. In that sense, he works in almost any system. You can either set him up behind the arc to knock down three-pointers or keep him around the hoop to clean up on the glass.
Ilyasova is also the type of player any team could use. His efficiency would make him a good fit with a championship contender like the Spurs. He's also an up-and-coming young player, making him a good fit with a struggling team like the Bucks, Cavaliers or Raptors.
Translation: Mr. Ilyasova likely stands to make a lot of money this offseason as teams attempt to lure him away from Milwaukee. The 36th-overall pick of the 2005 NBA draft brings a lot to the hardwood and appears to just be realizing his potential.
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