Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Ersan Ilyasova enjoyed a fantastic season last year.
Ilyasova played in 73 games and made a career-high 54 starts. He averaged a career-high 13.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He shot 44.4% from beyond and the arc and the Bucks made the postseason.
This season, Ilyasova is averaging just 11.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and is shooting a career low 28.9% from beyond the arc. His Bucks have the worst record in the NBA.
Ilyasova has made his frustration known throughout the season and was at the center of Bucks’ trade rumors before the trade deadline.
“When you go through a season like this and your name comes up [in rumors] it is a little frustrating,” Ilyasova told Lang Green of Basketball Insiders. “But I still feel myself as part of this franchise. I’m hopeful we can find the right pieces for the team so we can play much better because we really need it. I want to be part of a playoff team and that’s what I’m looking forward to, [the franchise] building a better team – a playoff team.
“It’s disappointing when you go through a season like this. Especially after last year when we made the playoffs and played against last year’s champions (Miami).”
The Bucks will get back to work Tuesday when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers.