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Ilyasova Musings

In General NBA on September 6, 2009 at 7:00 am

Good article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Ersan Ilyasova

Forward Ersan Ilyasova might not be recognizable to Milwaukee fans who last saw him at the end of the 2006-’07 season, when he played for a Bucks team coached by Larry Krystkowiak.

That’s the opinion of Bucks assistant coach Bill Peterson, who was in Turkey for a clinic recently and had a chance to watch Ilyasova during a practice session with his Turkish national team. Ilyasova will compete for Turkey in the EuroBasket tournament, beginning Monday in Poland.

“He’s improved greatly from when he played here for the Bucks,” Peterson said. “I think he will be a great fit in Scott’s (coach Scott Skiles) system. Probably the thing I was most impressed with in watching him in practice was his ability to run the floor.

“He’s kind of a gritty, blue-collar type player. He’s pretty good defensively. He really rebounds his area well; he doesn’t rebound a tremendous amount outside his area. He has big, strong hands, and he’s really a good shooter. He’s confident shooting the ball from the perimeter, and he works on it.

“He’s got a little nastiness to him, and I like that.”

I have to say … I’m very excited about seeing Ilyasova back in the NBA. I haven’t seen him play — except for the odd 3-4 minute glimpse over the past two years — but the constant reports about his improvement and the impressive role he played in Barcelona last year … I’m excited.

Just judging from his euro stats, I’d be surprised if he couldn’t give Hakim Warrick a run for his money for that starting power forward spot. Ilyasova would be the better fit in that starting lineup too, because of his shooting ability and Mbah a Moute’s lack of shooting ability. He could also space out the floor for Bogut’s post game, which hopefully we’ll see more of this coming season.

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