Even at the age of 16 when he first burst onto the main stage as a young, raw talent it was obvious that Ersan Ilyasova could be headed for great things.
But two injuries to his right ankle created some concern and delayed his rise to stardom.
His first stint in the NBA didn’t do him much good either.
But a two-year spell with Barcelona seems to have done wonders for him.
It seems like the ACB is rehabilitating Turkish players at a great rate.
In his tme in Spain, Ilyasova showed his tremendous all-around game with the Catalan club.
So the re-born Ilyasova went back to the NBA to claim his status as a hard-nosed, multi-talented performer.
He can basically do it all and has more or less every basketball skill at his disposal though passing may be his only weakness.
Despite his rather lean figure, he is a demon on the boards.
A rare breed, Ilyasova is the difference maker for this Turkish team.
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