On February 22, 2017, İlyasova was traded again, this time to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter, a protected 2017 second-round pick, and the option to swap a second-round pick. He was traded to the Hawks during arguably his best stretch of his career as Ilyasova posted (14.8) points per game, a career high and also in assists (1.8 per game), he would post (5.9) rebounds per game as well. During his stretch in Atlanta, Ilyasova posted (10.4) points per game, (5.8) rebounds per game, (1.6) assists per game.
In Atlanta, he was a solid contributor off the bench as Paul Millsap’s backup, which the Hawks desperately needed during their inconsistent stretch. At times, Ersan was inconsistent as well but he was asked to start a few games in Millsap’s absence. His best game was against the Portland Trailblazers on March 18th where he contributed (23) points, hitting 7 of his 11 shots and 4/5 from behind the arc. After that performance, he had a few solid outings against the Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns, he didn’t contribute once Millsap returned to the lineup.
Despite Ilyasova’s impact decreasing with Millsap’s return, he was one of the most productive role players on the bench for the Hawks during the second half of the 2016-17 season. Combined with his stint in Philadelphia, he led the NBA in drawing charges last season with (36). Whether it was setting screens, knocking down corner three point shots, and crashing the boards for the Hawks, the 11-year pro continued to provide a solid impact in the second unit as he’s done throughout his career. As he prepares for Free Agency, teams will be very interested in bringing his production to their roster and hopefully he could return in a Hawks uniform for the right price! If not, thanks for the production you provided for us when Atlanta needed you the most, Mr. Ersan Ilyasova