Dale Ellis

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Dale Ellis
No. 14, 3, 9, 2
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1960-08-10) August 10, 1960 (age 53)
Marietta, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Marietta (Marietta, Georgia)
College Tennessee (1979–1983)
NBA draft 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Pro playing career 1983–2000
Career history
19831986 Dallas Mavericks
19861991 Seattle SuperSonics
19911992 Milwaukee Bucks
19921994 San Antonio Spurs
19941997 Denver Nuggets
19971999 Seattle SuperSonics
1999–2000 Milwaukee Bucks
2000 Charlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 19,004
Rebounds 4,201
3P% .403
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Dale Ellis (born August 6, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association.

After his time at the University of Tennessee, Ellis was selected ninth overall in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. His time as a shooting guard with the Mavericks was rather unremarkable as he played scant minutes and was often relegated to sitting on the bench.

Ellis' fortunes changed dramatically after he found himself traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Al Wood on July 23, 1986. His playing time increased significantly, and his regular season scoring average reflected this as it jumped from 7.1 points per game with the Mavericks to 24.9 points per game with the SuperSonics. Ellis' rise with the SuperSonics was recognized around the league, which awarded him the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 1987.

Ellis continued to star for the SuperSonics in the late 1980s, with his scoring average topping out at 27.5 point per game during the 1988-89 season. The 2,253 points he scored that season broke Spencer Haywood's franchise record of 2,251 and remained the SuperSonics/Thunder record until Kevin Durant broke it in 2009-10. Ellis was selected to the NBA All-Star Game during the same season, and scored 27 points for the West. In all, Ellis spent four and a half seasons with the SuperSonics before once again being traded, this time to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ricky Pierce.

While he was again a bench player with the Bucks, his minutes still remained relatively high and Ellis still made large contributions to the team with his scoring ability. Following the conclusion of the 91-92 season, he found himself traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Tracy Murray. As a member of the Spurs, Ellis once again found himself in the starting lineup playing slightly more minutes than he did as a Buck. Although his production largely remained the same, he was doing it much more efficiently, shooting nearly 50% from the field as opposed to 46% with Milwaukee.

After signing with the Denver Nuggets, and then later in his career traded to the SuperSonics once again, the Orlando Magic (for whom he never played), again to the Bucks, and the Charlotte Hornets, he saw a more reduced playing role. The Hornets traded him to the Miami Heat after 1999–2000 season;[1] but was waived prior to the start of the next season.[2]

All in all, Ellis played in 1,209 games and had career averages of 15.7 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, a .479 field goal percentage, and a .403 three point field goal percentage. He is seventh all-time in three-point shots made with 1,719. He holds the NBA record for most minutes played in a single game, when he scored 53 points in 69 minutes (out of a possible 73) for the SuperSonics in a 155-154 loss to the Bucks in five overtimes on November 9, 1989.

Ellis is remembered for his accurate 'catch and shoot' rhythm coming off the low post and baseline screens.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1983–84 Dallas 67 2 15.8 .456 .414 .719 3.7 .8 .6 .1 8.2
1984–85 Dallas 72 4 18.3 .454 .385 .740 3.3 .8 .6 .1 9.3
1985–86 Dallas 72 1 15.1 .411 .364 .720 2.3 .5 .6 .1 7.1
1986–87 Seattle 82 76 37.5 .516 .358 .787 5.5 2.9 1.3 .4 24.9
1987–88 Seattle 75 73 37.2 .503 .413 .767 4.5 2.6 1.0 .1 25.8
1988–89 Seattle 82 82 38.9 .501 .478 .816 4.2 2.0 1.3 .3 27.5
1989–90 Seattle 55 49 37.0 .497 .375 .818 4.3 2.0 1.1 .1 23.5
1990–91 Seattle 30 24 26.7 .463 .303 .738 3.1 2.1 1.1 .1 15.0
1990–91 Milwaukee 21 0 29.7 .486 .441 .707 3.9 1.5 .8 .2 19.3
1991–92 Milwaukee 81 11 27.0 .469 .419 .774 3.1 1.3 .7 .2 15.7
1992–93 San Antonio 82 76 33.3 .499 .401 .797 3.8 1.3 1.0 .2 16.7
1993–94 San Antonio 77 75 33.6 .494 .395 .776 3.3 1.0 .9 .1 15.2
1994–95 Denver 81 3 24.6 .453 .403 .866 2.7 .7 .5 .1 11.3
1995–96 Denver 81 52 32.4 .479 .412 .760 3.9 1.7 .7 .1 14.9
1996–97 Denver 82 51 35.9 .414 .364 .817 3.6 2.0 .7 .1 16.6
1997–98 Seattle 79 0 24.5 .497 .464 .782 2.3 1.1 .8 .1 11.8
1998–99 Seattle 48 5 25.7 .441 .433 .757 2.4 .8 .5 .1 10.3
1999–2000 Milwaukee 18 0 18.0 .465 .354 .667 1.9 .3 .3 .0 6.8
1999–2000 Charlotte 24 5 10.0 .328 .400 .750 .9 .3 .3 .0 2.3
Career 1,209 589 28.8 .479 .403 .784 3.5 1.4 .8 .2 15.7
All-Star 1 1 26.0 .750 1.000 1.000 6.0 2.0 .0 .0 27.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1984 Dallas 8 22.3 .325 .083 .750 5.3 .5 1.3 .3 7.4
1985 Dallas 4 17.0 .435 .400 .500 1.8 .8 1.0 .0 5.8
1986 Dallas 7 9.6 .409 .583 1.000 1.0 .3 .3 .3 4.3
1987 Seattle 14 37.9 .487 .361 .815 6.4 2.6 .7 .4 25.2
1988 Seattle 5 34.4 .482 .250 .724 4.6 3.0 .6 .4 20.8
1989 Seattle 8 38.0 .450 .405 .727 4.0 1.3 1.4 .1 22.9
1993 San Antonio 10 30.5 .451 .313 .813 3.5 1.1 .4 .0 12.5
1994 San Antonio 4 28.5 .395 .294 .600 2.5 .3 .8 .0 10.5
1995 Denver 3 24.3 .357 .308 .923 4.7 1.0 .7 .3 12.0
1998 Seattle 10 17.0 .377 .423 .833 1.3 .6 .2 .0 5.6
Career 73 27.1 .443 .351 .784 3.7 1.3 .7 .2 13.8

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