Ersan Ilyasova posted 13 points (3-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, and three assists in 23 minutes Wednesday against the Heat.
Ilyasova has been extremely inconsistent over the past five games, scoring 20, six, 18, zero, and 13 points, respectively. He's managed to maintain his starting role so far this season, in spite of occasional bursts of Stanley Johnson taking on more minutes. That being said, the Detroit Pistons could eventually decide to prioritize giving their rookie Johnson more minutes down the stretch, so now may not be a bad time to sell Ilyasova.
Ilyasova has high-scoring potential, but he has been fairly inconsistent. Over his last six games, he has alternated between scoring around 20 points and less than 10 points per game. The Turkish veteran has some appeal thanks to his ability to get hot from behind the arc, but it's tough to rely heavily on him when he's mixing in these cold-shooting nights.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and grabbed six rebounds over 29 minutes in Tuesday's 104-99 win against the Cavs.
The 20 points matched a season high Ilyasova set Saturday against the Clippers as the veteran forward played 29 minutes for the third straight contest. With his increased playing time and hot shooting from outside, Ilyasova makes for an interesting option in daily formats.
Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 20 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 7-9 FT) with two rebounds and a block in 29 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Clippers.
It's just the third time in nine games that Ilyasova has scored in double digits this season, as he typically hasn't supplemented his three-point shooting with additional production. The 28-year-old is now averaging 9.3 points, 2.5 boards and 1.7 threes through six November games.
Coach Stan Van Gundy suggested that Ersan Ilyasova 's playing time could be monitored throughout the season, MLive.com's David Mayo reports. "I'm concerned with him," Van Gundy said of Ilyasova. "He plays at a real high pace and intensity level. He had a long summer. I am somewhat conscious of not over-playing him needlessly. Now, there may be games where we need him, but I am trying to -- 26 [minutes] might actually be a little low -- but I'd like to keep him around that 28 to 30 range, and not have him up in the mid- to upper-30s, and keep him fresh."
Through six games, Ilyasova is averaging only 26.7 minutes per contest, a mark far less than the Detroit Pistons ' other four starters. Based on Van Gundy's comments, it doesn't sound like Ilyasova's minutes count will budge much from here, limiting the power forward's overall upside. He's still seeing four minutes per game more than he did with the Bucks in 2014-15, but Ilyasova is averaging only 8.3 points, 3.8 boards, 1.3 assists, and 0.7 steals, production that hardly translates to fantasy gold.
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