Personal ... Born in Turkey ... began playing professional basketball at the age of 15 ... has one sister ... speaks multiple languages fluently ... his favorite type of food is Italian and steak ... loves to eat his grandpa's old, Turkish cooking ... his favorite sport other than basketball is baseball, and he also loves swimming ... when he was in his early teens, he participated in track, running the 400 meters and other short distances ... claims to be a "master" of PlayStation 2 ... loves classical music ... his favorite music performer is Sarah Brightman ... lists "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" as his favorite movie.
2012-13 Season Highlights ... Finished his rookie season with averages of 6.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 63 appearances (nine starts) ... led the Bucks in scoring three times, in rebounding eight times and in blocks nine times ... made his NBA debut 11/7 vs. MEM and finished with 3 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks ... posted 2 more swats in his second outing on 11/14 vs. IND, becoming the first Bucks rookie to record multiple blocks in each of his first two games since Dan Gadzuric did so at the start of the 2002-03 season ... recorded first career double-double on 11/21 at MIA with 17 points and a team-high 18 rebounds ... scored 20 points on 10-for-11 shooting vs. SAS on 1/2 ... his 90.9 FG% on was the highest by a Bucks rookie since the 1986-87 season (min. 10 FGM) ... erupted for 17 points and career-highs of 25 rebounds and 7 blocks on 4/10 at ORL ... his 25 rebounds were the high game by a rookie for the season, and his overall 17/25/7 stat line was the first to hit all three of those numbers since Shaquille O'Neal did so during the 2003-04 season ... scored a career-high 28 points in the season finale at OKC on 4/17 ... finished the season as the only rookie to record multiple games with 18+ rebounds ... his 25 rebounds on 4/10 and his 18 boards on 11/21 stand as the two highest single-game rebounding totals by a Bucks rookie in the last 25 seasons ... received 17 DNP-CDs on the year and was designated as Inactive twice.
Pro Career ... 2011-12: Appeared in 60 games (41 starts) and averaged career-highs in rebounds per game (8.8, 18th in NBA) and 3P% (.455, second in NBA; fifth-highest single-season mark in Bucks franchise history, and the highest since the 2003-04 season) ... first player to average 12+ points and 8+ rebounds in fewer than 28 mpg since Arvydas Sabonis in 1995-96 ... had a team-high 20 double-doubles ... led the Bucks in rebounding 31 times and in blocks on 16 occasions ... grabbed at least one offensive rebound in each of the season's final 51 games, the longest streak of his career and the second-longest in the NBA in 2011-12 ... had 29 points and a career-high 25 rebounds on 2/19 at NJN, becoming just the third player in Bucks franchise history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Swen Nater) to record a 25/25 game ... his 13 offensive rebounds on 2/19 were the most by a Bucks player in over 25 years and just two shy of Nater's franchise record ... scored the game-winning basket on a tip-in with 2.2 seconds remaining in the Bucks win over WAS on 2/28 ... named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from 3/5-11 after averaging 25.0 points and 10.8 rebounds while shooting 63.8% from the field and 66.7% from three during a 3-1 week ... included in the week was a career-high 32-point effort vs. Chicago on 3/7 ... missed five games with four separate injuries throughout the season. 2010-11: Saw action in 60 games (34 starts) and averaged 9.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per game ... shot 43.6% from the field and a career-high 89.4% from the free throw line ... tied his career-high with 6 assists against CHA on 11/27 and tied his career-high 4 steals on two occasions ... led the team in scoring twice, rebounding 11 times and steals 14 times ... missed 21 games from 2/26 through 4/6 while sidelined with a concussion ... missed one game on 2/16 with a right eye contusion. 2009-10: Appeared in 81 games (31 starts) with the Bucks and averaged 10.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 44.3% from the field ... ranked third on the team with 81 3-pointers (81-241) ... led the team in scoring six times and rebounds 15 times ... scored in double-digits 38 times, including six games over 20 points ... produced 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while handing out a career-high 6 assists against WAS on 3/3 ... missed the game on 3/26 due to the flu. 2006-07: Appeared in 66 games (14 starts) for the Bucks ... averaged 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds on the season in 14.7 minutes per game ... became the youngest player to appear in a game for the Bucks when he took the court on 11/1 in DET (19 years, 170 days) ... also became the youngest Buck to start a game on 11/18 vs IND (19 years, 187 days) ... scored his first NBA points on 11/4 vs. SAC (4 points on a 4-4 night from the charity stripe) ... scored his first career NBA field goal the next night on 11/6 in CHI (4 points on 2-3 FG) ... scored 22 points on 1/17 vs. CHI along with 9 rebounds ... had 16 DNP-CDs. 2005-06: Assigned to Tulsa of the NBA Development League on 11/13 ... appeared in 46 games (19 starts) for the 66ers ... averaged 12.5 points, a team-high 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 28.2 minutes per game ... led the team and finished seventh in the D-League in rebounds ... blocked a league-high 9 shots vs Fort Worth on 3/3 ... scored a season-high 28 points at Roanoke on 4/1.
Playoff History ... (11 games, 4 starts) ... 2013: Averaged 11.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in four games (four starts) ... set postseason career highs in points (21 at MIA 4/23, off of 9 FGM, also a playoff career high), assists and steals (4 and 3, respectively vs. MIA on 4/25) ... 2010: Averaged 9.7 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 48.0% from the field in 22.4 minutes ... had a doubledouble with 13 points and 15 rebounds in Game 2 at ATL on 4/20 ... recorded a second double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in Game 7 at Atlanta on 5/2.
International Career ... Played for the host country, Turkey, at the 2010 FIBA World Championships ... grew up playing for Ulker Spor Kulubu Istanbul (Turkey) youth team ... has been a member of the Turkish Cadets National Team and the Turkish Junior National Team ... 2011 Offseason: Appeared in eight games for Anadolu Efes in the Turkish Basketball League, averaging 13.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest while shooting 43.5 percent from behind the arc ... also appeared in eight Euroleague games with Anadolu Efes, averaging 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks ... 2008-09: Appeared in 31 games with Regal FC Barcelona of the Spanish League and averaged 10.5 points on 52.3% FG shooting and 45.6% on 3FG ... contributed 7.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals with Barcelona while logging in for 22.3 mpg ... played in 22 games with Regal FC Barcelona in Euroleague play ... averaged 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in Euroleague competition ... shot 48.6% from the field and 40.3% from three-point range in Eurloleague ... scored a season-best 30 points on 2/12 while shooting 6-7 on 3-pointers ... grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds on 10/26 ... 2007-08: Appeared in 33 games with Regal FC Barcelona of the Spanish League and averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and shot 44.4 percent on 2FG and 38.7 percent on 3FG ... played 22 Euroleague games and averaged 6.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game ... 2004-05: Averaged 3.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game for Ulker in the Turkish League and 1.6 points in six games for Ulker in the Euroleague ... had season highs in points (16) and minutes (27) vs Raks ITU ... won the 2005 Turkish National Cup with Ulker Spor Kulubu Istanbul ... 2003-04: Played for Yesilyurt Istanbul in the Turkish second division ... 2004 European Championship for Junior Men (U-18): Averaged 17.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 25.8 minutes over five games ... shot 14-32 (.438) from 3-point range ... posted 27 points and 15 rebounds vs Slovenia, recording 2 blocks and 2 steals ... had 22 points vs Lithuania and 21 vs. Poland ... 2003 European Championship for Cadets (U-16): Team won the Silver medal ... averaged 20.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals in 26.0 minutes over four contests in the Challenge Round ... had 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals vs. Latvia in 23 minutes ... had 26 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks vs France ... totaled 13 points and 15 rebounds vs. Israel and 12 points in 12 minutes vs Poland.
Career Transactions ... Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 36th overall pick in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft ... signed with the Bucks on 8/23/05 ... assigned to Tulsa of the NBA Development League on 11/13/05 ... signed with the Bucks on 7/23/09 ... re-signed with Milwaukee on 7/12/12.
- MMAC Luncheon - Ersan IlyasovaErsan Ilyasova gets interviewed by Jon Mcglocklin at the Bucks annual MMAC Tip Off Luncheon
- Media Day: Dave Babcock and Ersan IlyasovaDave Babcock and Ersan Ilyasova talk with Jim Paschke during Media Day
- Win Ersan Ilyasova's GearWhile cleaning out his locker after the season Ersan Ilyasova wanted to thank Bucks fans for their support all season. He signed some gear and we're giving it away. Enter your information in the form
- Locker Room: Ersan IlyasovaErsan Ilyasova talks about Milwaukee's Game 2 loss to the Heat
- Playoff Perspective: Ersan IlyasovaJim Paschke sits down with Ersan Ilyasova who remembers the Bucks 2010 Playoffs and talks about the series against Miami
- Arena Link: Ersan IlyasovaErsan Ilyasova joins GameTime following his big night of 27 points and 16 rebounds in the Bucks win over the Sixers.
- MMAC Luncheon Interview: Ersan IlyasovaInterview with Ersan Ilyasova during the Annual MMAC Bucks Preview Luncheon
- Ersan Ilyasova Press ConferenceErsan Ilyasova, Scott Skiles, and John Hammond talk with the Milwaukee media after Ersan Ilyasova signed his free agent deal
- Locker Room Gift from Ersan IlyasovaAs Ersan Ilyasova packed up his locker after the season he left a special gift for one lucky Bucks fan. Enter to win Ersan's game worn shoes!
- Locker Room: Bucks vs NetsShaun Livingston and Ersan Ilyasova talk about Milwaukee's 106-95 win over the New Jersey Nets
- Ersan Ilyasova Named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the WeekErsan's huge week earned him the Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors for March 5-11. The Bucks went 3-1 over this stretch and Ersan recoreded the first two 30-point games of his career.
- Locker Room: Bucks vs KnicksMike Dunleavy and Ersan Ilyasova talk about the Bucks 119-113 win over the New York Knicks