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Ersan Ilyasova and 5 Players Shouldering the Biggest Burdens for Their Teams

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Ersan Ilyasova and 5 Players Shouldering the Biggest Burdens for Their Teams
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The problem with the new trend of creating "super teams" is that it turns the have-nots into glorified one-man wrecking crews.

In today's NBA, you're either part of some kind of "Big Three" or you're putting the team on your back every night in an attempt to carry them to respectability.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova is one of the players that represents the latter catagory. Ilyasova does have some help around him in guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings but the five-year, $45 million deal Ilyasova signed to stay in Milwaukee would suggest that this is his team now.

After all, Ellis can opt out after this season and Jennings has already thrown out hints that he has his eyes on playing in a bigger market when his rookie deal expires. Jennings can become an unrestricted free agent in 2014 if he signs a qualifying offer after next season.

That would leave the 25-year old Ilyasova as the face of a struggling Bucks franchise. He's coming off a career year in which he averaged 13 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. He also emerged as one of the game's best shooting big men, shooting 45 percent from behind the arc and nearly 50 percent from the field.

There are other stars who can relate to Ilyasova's status as their franchise's lone bright spot. At the bottom of the NBA's basement, you'll find a few teams with one proven commodity and not much else around them.

In addition to Ilyasova, here are five other players who have the unfortunate task of being their respective teams' only glimmer of hope.

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