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Ersan Ilyasova

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Ranked among the NBA’s top-5 in 3-point shooting in both 2011-12 (45.5%, 2nd) and 2012-13 (44.4%, 4th)... Became just the third player in Bucks history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Swen Nater) to record a 25/25 game when he erupted for 29 points and a career-high 25 rebounds on 2/19/12 at NJN... Awarded NBA Player of the Week honor for games played 3/5 through 3/11/12 after averaging 25.0 points and 10.8 rebounds in four games while shooting 63.8% from the field, 66.7% from behind the arc and 90.0% from the free-throw line

2013-14 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Averaged 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 55 appearances during an injury-plagued season ... suffered a sprained right ankle in Milwaukee’s opening preseason game and missed the remainder of the exhibition season along with 15 regular season contests due to lingering ankle issues ... also missed one game with a hamstring injury and one game due to an NBA suspension ... scored in double figures 31 times, including seven games with 20+ and one game with 30+ (a season-high 31 on 3/3 vs. UTA) ... shot 13-of-14 (.923) from the field in that game, establishing a new career high for FG% in a game with 10+ FGAs ... had 11 games with double figure rebounds including eight double-doubles ... hit a career-best 10 free throws (in 10 attempts) on 1/29 vs. PHX ... surpassed the 4,000-point plateau for his career with his 20-point effort at PHI on 2/24.

PRO CAREER
2012-13: Averaged a career-best 13.2 points along with 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27.6 minutes per game … shot 44.4% from three to rank fourth in the league, his second straight season among the league’s top-5 3-point shooters … averaged 15.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46.8% from three from 1/1 through the end of the season … scored in double figures 44 times, including 17 games with 20+ points and one 30-point outing … recorded 20 games with 10+ rebounds and 18 double-doubles … missed eight games due to injury and received one DNP-CD … scored a season-high 30 points at CLE on 1/25 … connected on a career-best 6 3-pointers at ATL on 4/12 … hit at least two 3-pointers in eight consecutive games from 1/19-2/2, the longest such streak of his career and the longest for the Bucks since Charlie Bell had an eight-game run during the 2005-06 season … had back-to-back 27-point/14-rebound performances at POR on 1/19 and vs. PHI on 1/22 … finished the season ranked among the Bucks’ all-time leaders in 3-pointers made (8th), attempted (8th) and career 3-point percentage (10th).

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 double-double 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 ATL 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 ... was 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 3-point range in Eurloleague ... 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 ... 2003-04: Played for Yesilyurt Istanbul in the Turkish second division ... 2004 European Championship for Junior Men (U18): 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 ... 2003 European Championship for Cadets (U16): 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.

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.

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.

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Height: 6'10''/ 2.08m
Weight: 235 lbs./ 106.6 kg
Born: May 15, 1987
From: Eskisehir, Turkey
Draft: 2nd Round (36th pick) 2005 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2005
Years Pro: 6
Previous Teams:
  Milwaukee Bucks 2005 - 2014
Prior to NBA/Country: FC Barcelona/Turkey

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