|No. 4 – New Orleans Pelicans|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
May 2, 1978 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||261 lb (118 kg)|
|High school||Thornton Township
|College||Fresno State (1998–2002)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers|
|Pro playing career||2002–present|
|2002–2004||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2007||San Antonio Spurs|
|2007–2009||New Orleans Hornets|
|2012||Brujos de Guayama (Puerto Rico)|
|2012–2014||Texas Legends (NBA D-League)|
|2014–present||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
A 6'10", 261 lb (118 kg), forward-center from Fresno State, Ely was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round (12th overall pick) of the 2002 NBA Draft. At Fresno State, he enjoyed a prolific career under the coaching of Jerry Tarkanian.
While attending Harvey Thornton High School, Ely earned All-American honors from McDonald's and Parade. As a senior in 1997, he averaged 15.5 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game and 5.2 blocked shots per game during the regular season and was named the Chicago Sun-Times player of the year and first team all-state. Ely led his Wildcats to a second-place finish in 1995 and 1996 and third-place in 1997. During Ely's 3 years as a starter, Thornton Township posted a combined record of 93 wins and 4 losses, including marks of 32-1 in 1997, 31-1 in 1996 and 30-2 in 1995.
In 2007, Ely was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament," recognizing his superior performance in his appearances in the tournament.
Under the guidance of coach Jerry Tarkanian at Fresno State, Ely led the Bulldogs to two NCAA tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001. He also won the WAC Player of the Year award in two consecutive seasons in 2001 and 2002.
After two seasons in Los Angeles with limited playing time, Ely was traded by the Clippers along with teammate Eddie House on July 14, 2004 to the Charlotte Bobcats for two second-round draft picks in 2005 and 2006. During the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, Ely rejuvenated his career as a prominent reserve role player. On October 2, 2006, he rejected offers from the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns to sign a one-year, $3 million contract to remain with the Bobcats.
On February 13, 2007, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for forward Eric Williams and a second-round draft pick in 2009. He played only 6 games for the Spurs averaging 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He did not play for the Spurs in the playoffs yet he still won the championship ring.
On October 27, 2012, Ely signed with the Dallas Mavericks along with guard Chris Douglas-Roberts. He and Douglas-Roberts were waived the next day. On November 1, 2012, he was acquired by the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.
In November 2013, he was re-acquired by the Texas Legends. On February 3, 2014, Ely was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game. On April 14, 2014, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans for the rest of the season.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- IHSA Record Book
- IHSA - Legends of Boys Basketball
- ESPN - Ely signs one-year, $3 million offer with Bobcats - NBA
- "Spurs Acquire Melvin Ely". NBA.com. 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2011-12-15.
- Report: Hornets sign free agent Ely to contract, September 13, 2007
- Hornets hoping Ely can deliver on potential, add depth, September 13, 2007
- Melvin Ely joins Brujos de Guayama
- Dallas Mavericks sign Chris Douglas-Roberts and Melvin Ely
- Dallas Mavericks waive Chris Douglas-Roberts and Melvin Ely
- Full List of 2012 Returning, Affiliate and Local Tryout Players Invited to NBA D-League Training Camps
- Grizzlies Sign Byars, Ely, Gaffney
- Memphis Grizzlies waive Andre Barrett, Melvin Ely, Tony Gaffney and Willie Reed
- Legends Complete Three Trades, Finalize Training Camp Roster
- Eighth Annual NBA D-League All-Star Game Features 16 Players With NBA Experience
- "PELICANS SIGN ELY". NBA.com. April 14, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014.