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From the D-League to the Big League
by: Mike Schmidt - D-League, NCAA Scout
November 18, 2006
Just over 1 year ago, Ersan Ilyasova was sent to the NBA’s Developmental League. Now at the age of 19, he was just named the starter over veteran Brian Skinner on an injured Milwaukee Bucks team.

Ilyasova was drafted in the second round of the 2005 draft (#36 overall). As an 18 year old, he entered the draft after averaging 4 points per game on Euroleague team Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, where he only played 12 minutes per game. Rather than have him sit and learn on the bench, the Bucks decided to send him to the D-League to allow him to play major minutes, and become more acclimated to the different style of game.

While in the D-League, Ilyasova started off slow, but started playing better as the season progressed. His shot selection improved, and his rebounding numbers were solid throughout the entire season. Ilyasova played 46 games for the Tulsa 66ers last season, and was in an environment where he was allowed to play through his mistakes. In 27 minutes per game last season, he averaged 12.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in 14 of the 15 games over the last two months of the season.

So, what can we expect from Ilyasova in his first career NBA start? Well, thus far he has only played more than 20 minutes on 1 occasion this season, and has been struggling on the offensive end. He has been getting minutes because of the energy he brings to the court, as well as solid defense and rebounding. On the offensive end of the floor, Ilyasova takes a lot of 3 pointers, though he still hasn’t been hitting them consistently in games. There is no doubt he has great potential as a shooter, but his shot selection is still a work in progress. Though his offensive numbers have looked bad in the boxscores, but he does look significantly better than last year.

When watching Ilyasova play tonight, keep in mind that he is only 19 years old, and nowhere near a finished product. Also remember that he is starting as a result of injuries to Charlie Villanueva and Bobby Simmons. It will be interesting to see how Ilyasova responds in his first NBA start, and maybe it will provide a little insight to how the D-League has worked in terms of player development thus far.
 


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Ersan Ilyasova
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Birthday: 05/16/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Fenerbahce , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #6 in 2005 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
10.0 Pts, 9.0 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Brian Skinner
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 255 lbs.
Birthday: 05/19/1976
38 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Temple
Previous Team: Baylor , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #22 in 1998 Draft
by the Clippers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
2.0 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Charlie Villanueva
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 237 lbs.
Birthday: 08/24/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Blair Academy
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2005 Draft
by the Raptors
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
7.5 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Bobby Simmons
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 235 lbs.
Birthday: 06/02/1980
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Simeon Vocational
Previous Team: DePaul , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #13 in 2001 Draft
by the Supersonics
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
2.9 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 0.4 Asts


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