MILWAUKEE Compared to the rest of the NBA last season, the Milwaukee Bucks weren't necessarily a dynamite 3-point shooting team.
They ranked 16th in the league, pretty much right in the middle of the pack,and shot a decent, not great, percentage from beyond the arc (34.5 percent). But they did have one major improvement in 2012 when it came to shooting from long range.
Ersan Ilyasova didn't give the impression in the 2010-11 season that he would be especially effective from long range. At 6-10, he had the potential to be one of the stretch bigs that the NBA has fallen in love with in recent years, but at 29 percent from distance, he wasn't exactly setting the world on fire.
But in his breakout season in 2011-12, Ilyasova improved that number by a ridiculous 16 percent, good enough for second in the NBA trailing only New York's Steve Novak.
Ever since last season ended though, Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles has been realistic about Ilyasova's 3-point shooting. He's not likely t...