Melvin Ely

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Melvin Ely
No. 4 – New Orleans Pelicans
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1978-05-02) May 2, 1978 (age 36)
Harvey, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 261 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school Thornton Township
(Harvey, Illinois)
College Fresno State (1998–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Pro playing career 2002–present
Career history
20022004 Los Angeles Clippers
20042007 Charlotte Bobcats
2007 San Antonio Spurs
20072009 New Orleans Hornets
20092011 Denver Nuggets
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

Melvin Anderson Ely (/ˈl/; born May 2, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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.

High school[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

College[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.

In the 2007 offseason, Ely signed with the New Orleans Hornets.[5] It was formally announced on September 12 that it was a two-year contract.[6]

In 2012, Ely signed with the Brujos de Guayama of Puerto Rico.[7]

On October 27, 2012, Ely signed with the Dallas Mavericks along with guard Chris Douglas-Roberts.[8] He and Douglas-Roberts were waived the next day.[9] On November 1, 2012, he was acquired by the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.[10]

In September 2013, Ely signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.[11] However, he was waived on October 26.[12]

In November 2013, he was re-acquired by the Texas Legends.[13] On February 3, 2014, Ely was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[14] On April 14, 2014, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans for the rest of the season.[15]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 L.A. Clippers 52 7 15.4 .495 .000 .703 3.3 .3 .2 .6 4.5
2003–04 L.A. Clippers 42 2 12.1 .431 .000 .595 2.4 .5 .2 .4 3.7
2004–05 Charlotte 79 17 20.9 .432 .000 .575 4.1 1.0 .4 .9 7.3
2005–06 Charlotte 57 22 23.6 .508 .000 .667 4.9 1.3 .5 .8 9.8
2006–07 Charlotte 24 0 10.2 .383 .000 .686 1.6 .6 .1 .3 2.9
2006–07 San Antonio 6 0 10.8 .300 .000 .583 2.3 .7 .7 .3 3.2
2007–08 New Orleans 52 1 11.9 .472 .000 .552 2.8 .4 .1 .3 3.9
2008–09 New Orleans 31 4 12.0 .389 .000 .639 2.1 .6 .1 .3 3.1
2010–11 Denver 30 2 12.2 .549 .000 .619 2.5 .5 .1 .4 2.3
2013–14 New Orleans 2 0 13.5 .500 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .5 3.0
Career 375 55 16.0 .460 .000 .625 3.2 .7 .3 .6 5.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 New Orleans 7 0 8.4 .267 .000 .700 1.6 .1 .0 .0 2.1
Career 7 0 8.4 .267 .000 .700 1.6 .1 .0 .0 2.1

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