Ersan Ilyasova, The Perfect fit for Detroit
When the Pistons traded for Ersan Ilyasova, Stan Van Gundy found the perfect shooting big for his system. Everyone knew the Greg Monroe-Andre Drummond frontcourt just wasn’t going to work out. The team had two center’s playing together.
With pace and space basketball becoming more popular, having two big men that both needed to operate in the post or inside hurt the spacing of the team. Driving lanes become harder to come by when the other team had multiple big men waiting in the paint at all times, teams would clog the paint when Andre and “Moose” played together.
With the addition of Ersan Ilyasova there will be more spacing. He’s a career 37% three-point shooter, and his best shooting seasons came in 2011-12 and 2012-13 when he shot 45% and 44.4% from three-point range. His shooting will help create driving lanes for Reggie Jackson and others on the team; players can penetrate the defense and kick it out to Ilyasova for a three.
Also having him and Andre playing together will help Andre out, because teams will have to pick there poison when choosing to double him in the post. They can choose to let Andre score or double team him, but they’re going to have to pick between letting him score or letting Ilyasova hit an open three.
He brings a new element to the team; beside Anthony Tolliver (Who should not be playing heavy minutes,) the team doesn’t have any big men that can do what he does. That’s why he is the perfect big man for Stan Van Gundy’s 4 out, 1 in, offensive system.