Ersan Ilyasova has been a bright surprise in this early Bucks season. He has played great defense, shot the ball better than expected, and has been a rebounding stud.
So after a few holiday beers with friends Kondo and Greg Matzek, we decided he deserved a true Milwaukee nickname.
Ilyasova is one of those hard to pronounce and spell. I being of eastern european decent, Wisniewski, know the value of a good nickname - Wiz, Wizzy, Wizard. It helps me out everyday and gives me a point of distinction.
To give a nickname you need to know the person on a certain level. Let's dive deeper with the "Man Behind the Mask."
Here is what we know. He is in his second stint with the Bucks and changed his number from 19 to 7. He is a second round pick in 2005. But he is so much more.
He is an actor/pitchman....
He is a dead ringer for actor Josh Hartnett...
So with that in mind, here is what I got...
- Face - an homage to the A-team and the mask he currently dawns
- Hannibal - again for the face mask
- Illy - it is urban and works, simple and easy
- Sova - like Jay-Z's HOVA but with a much better jump shot
Got any ideas? Send them my way.