As usual, the Bucks-related conversation of the past week has centered on Milwaukee's backcourt. Will Brandon Jennings be an all-star? Would Monta Ellis be able to step up against his former Warrior teammates? Where did Beno Udrih get that dashing new haircut? Interesting questions, sure. But they also distract from the rather monstrous week turned in by Ersan Ilyasova. To be clear: I'm not suggesting a four-game sample erases a forgettable first five weeks of the season, or foretells a fantastic second half. But the sheer magnitude of Ilyasova's numbers demand attention: 25.5 ppg, 12.3 rpg (18.7% rebound rate), 55.1% from the field, 12/19 threes (63.2%), and 67.1% true shooting. The last three (25 ppg, 11.7 rpg) might have been enough to earn Ilyasova player of the week honors in a universe without Kyrie Irving, but alas, the Bucks know all too well how unstoppable Irving has been of late.
The good Ersan Ilyasova is back
Brew Hoop | Jan 28