Ersan ilyasova has quite an interesting career timeline. Unlike most footballers in the league, he has plied his trade in the Turkish Basketball League, Spain, and now makes regular appearances in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Apart from his good looks, Ersan poses a threat to many basketball players and all the credit goes to his passion for the game, rare on-court skills which he successfully mastered over the years through a dint of hard work, as well as his ability to carry his teammates along in virtually every game.
There are so many interesting things to know about the basketball player. From his bio to his career stats, family life, and lots more, we promise to extensively feed your curiosity with detailed information about them, read on!
Ersan ilyasova’s Bio
Ersan ilyasova was born to Turkish parents Enver Ilyasov (father) and Iraliye Ilyasov (mother) on the 15th day of May 1987. His mother, Iraliye had him in Eskişehir, a fast-growing city in northwestern Turkey. He has one sibling, a sister called Nelly ilyasova, who is quite supportive of his flourishing career.
There is no record about his educational achievements, the schools he attended, where they are situated, and when he actually graduated. The basketball player is yet to share details about his education with the public. Wikiace promises to keep you updated once we lay our hands on them.
As aforementioned, the 6 feet 10 inches athlete has made appearances in Spain and Turkish basketball leagues, and he is currently playing in the NBA. Ersan launched his professional career in 2003, making his debut for Yeşilyurt in the 2003/2004 Turkish second division league season. Following an impressive outing, he was promoted to the Turkish Basketball League and competed for Ülkerspor in the 2004–2005 season. He averaged 3.2 rebounds in 11 games as well as 4.5 points in that season.
After the season, the basketball player moved to the NBA following his selection in the 2005 NBA Draft as the 36th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. He made his debut appearance for the team in a game against Detroit Pistons on November 1, 2006. ilyasova was later assigned to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League on November 14, 2005. He rounded off the assignment after playing 46 games and averaging 1.0 assists per game and 12.5 points for the 66ers in the entire 2005–2006 season. The Turkish hunk was later made a restricted free agent by the Bucks in June 2007, after he featured in 66 games and averaged 2.9 rebounds per game and 6.1 points for the team.
His next stop was at Spain, where he won a 2009 basketball championship with FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB, after signing a two-year contract with the team on July 18, 2007.
The year 2009 saw Ersan returning to Milwaukee Bucks for the second time. He would re-sign his deal with the Bucks on July 12, 2012, and eventually ended his stint with the team in 2015. He spent his quality time with the Detroit Pistons from 2015 to 2016, after he was traded to the Pistons in exchange for Shawne Williams and Caron Butler on June 11, 2015.
Ersan went on to play for Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016 and then the Philadelphia 76ers from 2016 to 2017 and later the Atlanta Hawks from 2017 to 2018. ilyasova returned to the Philadephia 76ers for a second stint on February 28, 2018. Currently, he is representing the Milwaukee Bucks in the league since July 16, 2018, when his third stint with the team began.
When Ersan made his way back to Milwaukee, he didn’t just return for basketball alone, he also had his eyes on the city’s pretty ladies. He would get connected to a young woman called Julia, who eventually became his friend and later his heartthrob.
According to sources, the couple met while Julia was in college. From getting attracted to each other, the two began to develop intimate feelings and eventually agreed to exchange marital vows in the presence of their family and friends in the year 2011. At the time of writing, the pair has three lovely children – a son and two daughters (Xenia ilyasova and Catherine ilyasova). While Julia was born in Belarus, she had all her children in Milwaukee.
Other Interesting Facts About ilyasova
As attested by his official biography, Ersan began taking part in professional basketball games at the age of 15.
He is a multi-linguist.
He loves Turkish meal prepared by his grandfather.
Apart from basketball, ilyasova loves baseball and swimming as well.
Coming to music, he has a soft spot for classical music. His favorite singer is none other than English multi-hyphenated personality Sarah Brightman. The singer is a dancer, musician, actress, songwriter, classical crossover soprano, and conductor.
Ersan ilyasova is a self-acclaimed PlayStation 2 ‘master’.
His favorite movie is Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
In his early teens, Ersan took part in track. He particularly excelled in the 400 meters and other short distance races.