Monta Ellis

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Monta Ellis
Monta ellis mavs1.JPG
Ellis with the Mavericks
No. 11 – Dallas Mavericks
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-10-26) October 26, 1985 (age 29)
Jackson, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Lanier (Jackson, Mississippi)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
20052012 Golden State Warriors
20122013 Milwaukee Bucks
2013–present Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
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Monta Ellis (mon-TAY, born October 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Ellis entered the 2005 NBA Draft after graduating from Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Golden State Warriors drafted him in the second round. He is known for his speed, and ability to make difficult shots and taking over games in high-pressure situations.

High school career[edit]

Ellis attended Lanier High School in Jackson where he was named Parade Magazine High School Player of the Year 2005 (along with Greg Oden) and a USA Today All-American.[1] He had verbally committed to Mississippi State University before opting for the NBA in 2005.[citation needed]

At Lanier H.S., Ellis scored a career-best 72 points in a game against Greenwood High School.[2] As a junior, he scored 42 points in an 80–75 loss against renowned high school basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, then the #1-ranked prep-basketball team in the country by USA Today, and their future NBA duo that consisted of point guard Rajon Rondo and forward Josh Smith, in front of a capacity crowd at the Marshall County Hoopfest in Benton, KY.[citation needed] His 42 points set a new record for the most points anyone had ever scored against Oak Hill. In his senior season he scored 42 points in a game against South Gwinnett High School in which he was guarded by Louis Williams, at the Coliseum. He led Lanier to a 129–16 record in his four seasons as a starter (2002–2005), winning the 4A state championship in 2002 (33–5) and 2005 (35–2, ranked #12 nationally by USA Today) and runner-up finishes in 2003 (31–4) and 2004 (30–5). He scored a total of 4,167 points in his prep career, making him second all-time in Mississippi history. He received first-team all-state recognition from the Clarion-Ledger in all four of his high school seasons and was named Mississippi's "Mr. Basketball" by the paper in 2005.[3]

NBA career[edit]

Golden State Warriors (2005–2012)[edit]

He was drafted by the Warriors in the second round (40th overall) in the 2005 NBA Draft. Ellis was inserted into the starting lineup late in the 2005–06 NBA season, along with fellow rookie Ike Diogu. He scored his first points on December 7, 2005 against the Phoenix Suns on a 3-point shot.[4]

He was highly regarded as one of the players to watch during the 2006 summer league, but was unable to compete due to knee problems. After receiving very little playing time as a rookie, Ellis improved immensely coming into his second year and began to show great potential. Later, Ellis won the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 2007.

During the 2007 NBA Draft, the Warriors traded Jason Richardson and second-round draft pick Jermareo Davidson to the Charlotte Bobcats for lottery pick Brandan Wright. The trade freed up about $10 million in salary cap space for the Warriors with which they could sign Ellis as well as teammate Andris Biedriņš to extended contracts[5][6] and allowed Ellis more time at the shooting guard spot. In his third season, Ellis became one of the Warriors' top performers, becoming a clutch player and pulling them through close games.

On July 25, 2008, Ellis signed a six-year, $67 million contract extension with the Warriors, making him the highest paid player on the team.[7]

2006–07 season[edit]

On January 24, 2007, Ellis hit his first career game-winning shot as time expired to give the Warriors a 110–109 victory over the New Jersey Nets.[8]

On January 31, he was selected to play in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge during the NBA's All-Star weekend. He scored a dunk-filled 28 points in a win for the sophomore team on 13 for 16 shooting. He was edged out by David Lee and Chris Paul for the game's MVP honors.

On February 24, Ellis recorded a career-high 13 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers.[9]

On April 26, he received the NBA's Most Improved Player Award after averaging 16.5 points per game, a substantial increase from his average of 6.8 points per game as a rookie, edging out Sacramento Kings shooting guard Kevin Martin by three votes and beating teammate Andris Biedriņš. Ellis's points-per-game average compared to the previous season (6.8 to 16.5), an increase of 9.7, beat out Martin's increase of 9.4 (10.8 to 20.2).[10]

Ellis was part of the rotation of the Warriors that beat the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs, becoming the first eight-seeded team to beat a one-seeded team in a best-of-seven series. The Mavericks had the best record in the NBA and were tied 6th all time having a record of 67–15, but the Warriors as an eight-seeded team with a record of 42–40 beat the one-seeded team Mavericks 4–2 in the first round series. However, the Warriors lost in the Western Conference Semi-finals to the Utah Jazz 4–1.

2007–08 season[edit]

On January 24, 2008, Ellis scored 39 points (13-for-18 shooting from the field, 13-for-14 free-throw shooting) against the New Jersey Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets), exactly one year to-the-day of his first ever game-winning shot, which also came against the Nets.[11]

Ellis became the ninth guard in league history to average at least 20 points per game while averaging 60 percent from the field in a single month after making 60.2 percent of his shots in February, 2008. He was honored after the last game of the month by assistant coach Sidney Moncrief, one of the eight other players to achieve the feat; the other guards to perform this feat were John Stockton, Ricky Pierce, Earl Monroe, Jim Paxson, Fred Brown, Sidney Moncrief, Brad Davis, and Steve Nash.[12][13] Ellis also scored over 30 points in the month of February for four games straight.

Ellis had a career-high average of shooting 53.1% from the field.

2008–09 season[edit]

Ellis in action against the Phoenix Suns on March 15, 2009

On August 26, 2008, it was revealed that Ellis had torn a ligament in his left ankle. Ellis underwent successful surgery on August 27 to repair a torn deltoid ligament in his left ankle,[14] after he informed the club that he had injured himself working out. Warriors general manager Chris Mullin revealed through an interview that Ellis received his injury during a pick-up game in a gym within his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. However, as was suspected during weeks of speculation, he was injured in a low-speed moped accident.[15] Because dangerous activity such as this violates Paragraph 12 of his player contract, the Warriors organization opted to suspend Ellis for 30 games, the approximate number of games he expected to miss.[16][17][18] In addition, the Warriors maintained the option to void his contract in the event his recovery had been unsuccessful.[19] Initial reports stated that he would be out for at least three months from the date of his ankle surgery, although because of the suspension the earliest Ellis could play in a game was December 26.[20] Ellis returned from his injury on January 23 in a home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and scored 20 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.[21]

After starting slowly in February, Ellis took several games off, and showed marked improvement in March, during which he averaged 23.5 points per game, shooting 49% from the field and 87% from the free-throw line. Ellis opened the month of April by scoring 42 points, while also adding nine rebounds and nine assists in an overtime win against the Sacramento Kings.[22]

2010–11 season[edit]

In July, prior to the 2010–2011 season, Ellis married Juanika Amos Ellis in Memphis, Tennessee.[23]

On October 27, 2010, Ellis recorded 46 points (18-of-24 FG, 1-of-2 3pt, 9-of-12 FT) with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in Golden State's 132–128 win over the Houston Rockets.

On December 14, 2010, Ellis poured in 34 points on 13-of-24 shooting during the Warriors' 108–99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[24]

On December 20, 2010, Ellis scored 44 points (15-of-20 FG, 3-of 4 3pt, 11-of-14 FT) with a rebound, 7 assists, 2 steals, and played 42 minutes despite a 112–121 loss at home vs. the Houston Rockets.

Ellis was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 20 – Dec. 26 while averaging 39.7 points, 7 assists, and 3 steals. Ellis and the Golden State Warriors had 2 wins against the Sacramento Kings (117–109) on December 21, 2010 and the Portland Trail Blazers (109–102) on December 25, 2010, but 1 loss against the Houston Rockets (112–121) on December 20, 2010.

On January 7, 2011, Ellis scored a game-high 32 points (10-of-21 FG, 4-of-5 3pt, 8-of-8 FT) with 10 assists, two rebounds, three steals and six turnovers in Golden State's 116–98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.[24]

On January 19, 2011, Ellis scored 36 points (16-of-28 FG, 2-of-3 3pt, 2-of-3 FT) with 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 turnovers in Golden State's 110–108 win over the Indiana Pacers.[25] Ellis made a game-winning jumper over Brandon Rush for the Warriors while going on an isolation play with Brandon Rush guarding him.[26]

On January 21, 2011, two days after he made a game-winning jumper, Ellis made a jumper against the Sacramento Kings with Tyreke Evans guarding him to send the game to overtime.[27] Ellis finished with 28 points (12-of-29 FG, 1-of-6 3pt, 3-of-4 FT), 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and a block despite having 7 turnovers. Ellis played 49 minutes throughout the game, but rolled his left ankle on Donte Greene's foot. The Warriors finished the game with a 119–112 win.[28] Ellis played the next game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

2011–12 season[edit]

On February 7, 2012, Ellis scored a career high- 48 points (18-of-29 FG, 3-of-6 3pt, 9-of-10 FT) with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block in a 119–116 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ellis had 30 points at the half and 40 midway through the 3rd quarter.[29]

Monta was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played March 5 through March 11. Averaging 20.5 points, 7.5 assists, 2 steals, and 3.5 rebounds, Ellis led the Warriors to a 3–1 record while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from downtown.

Milwaukee Bucks (2012–2013)[edit]

Ellis performing a layup as a Milwaukee Bucks.

2012–13 season[edit]

On March 13, 2012, Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.[30] Ellis played his first game as a Buck the day after the trade, against his old team, the Golden State Warriors, at Oracle Arena. Making his debut in the starting lineup, he had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.

On March 28, 2012, Monta scored 33 points (15-of-24 FG, 3-of-4 FT), including 17 in the fourth quarter, dished out eight assists and grabbed four rebounds in a win against the Atlanta Hawks.

On April 11, 2012, in a loss against the New York Knicks, Monta led his team with 35 points, ten assists, and six rebounds.[citation needed]

On February 27, 2013, Ellis made a game-winning three-pointer against the Houston Rockets.[31]

On March 17, 2013, Ellis scored 39 points (13-of-22 FG, 5-of-6 3pt), including 25 in the fourth quarter (19 in the final six minutes, 5-of-5 3pt), the most any player has scored in a period this season, dished out 5 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds in a win against the Orlando Magic.[32]

Dallas Mavericks (2013–present)[edit]

2013–14 season[edit]

On July 23, 2013, Ellis signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[33]

On October 30, 2013, in his Mavs debut, Ellis scored 32 points, dished out 8 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds in a win against the Atlanta Hawks. His 32 points are most ever by a player making his Mavs debut.[34]

On November 20, 2013, Ellis scored 37 points (13-of-18 FG) and served eight assists in a comeback victory over the Houston Rockets.

On December 7, 2013, Ellis made a buzzer-beating game-winning jumper against the Portland Trail Blazers. He finished with 22 points (9-of-18 FG, 2-of-3 3pt), 4 assists and steal.[35]

On April 14, 2014, Ellis won Western Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of April 7 to 13 after averaging 25.7 points (32-of-62 FG, 4-of-9 3pt) and 4.7 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal in three games, including a 37-point (15-of-23 FG) performance in a 101-98 playoff-clinching win over the Phoenix Suns. Dirk Nowitzki was the Western Conference Player of the Week the previous week, marking the first time in Mavericks history two teammates won consecutive Player of the Week honors.[36]

Ellis, along with Dirk Nowitzki, largely contributed to the Mavericks' 49-win season that helped them reach the eighth seed in the 2014 NBA Playoffs. He led the team in minutes (36.9 per game), assists (5.7), and steals (1.7) and was second in points (19.0).

In their first round series loss to the San Antonio Spurs, he led the Mavericks with 20.4 points per game over seven games.

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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
Led the league

Regular season[edit]

2005–06 Golden State 49 3 18.1 .415 .341 .712 2.1 1.6 .7 .2 6.8
2006–07 Golden State 77 53 34.3 .475 .273 .763 3.2 4.1 1.7 .3 16.5
2007–08 Golden State 81 72 37.9 .531 .231 .767 5.0 3.9 1.5 .3 20.2
2008–09 Golden State 25 25 35.7 .451 .308 .830 4.3 3.7 1.6 .3 19.0
2009–10 Golden State 64 64 41.4 .449 .338 .753 4.0 5.3 2.2 .4 25.5
2010–11 Golden State 80 80 40.3 .451 .361 .789 3.5 5.6 2.1 .3 24.1
2011–12 Golden State 37 37 36.9 .433 .321 .812 3.4 6.0 1.5 .3 21.9
2011–12 Milwaukee 21 21 36.0 .432 .267 .764 3.5 5.9 1.4 .3 17.6
2012–13 Milwaukee 82 82 37.5 .416 .286 .773 3.9 6.0 2.1 .4 19.2
2013–14 Dallas 82 82 36.9 .451 .330 .788 3.6 5.7 1.7 .3 19.0
Career 598 519 36.1 .455 .319 .776 3.7 4.9 1.7 .3 19.4


2007 Golden State 11 6 21.6 .390 .111 .821 2.3 .9 .9 .2 8.0
2013 Milwaukee 4 4 38.0 .436 .158 .375 3.3 5.5 2.5 .3 14.3
2014 Dallas 7 7 35.6 .409 .353 .871 2.4 2.9 1.3 .1 20.4
Career 22 17 29.0 .409 .258 .747 2.5 2.4 1.3 .2 13.1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "USA Today All Americans 2005". Online article (USA Today). April 17, 2005. Retrieved 11/6/2011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  3. ^ "Mr. Basketball: Year-by-Year |". The Clarion-Ledger. 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  4. ^ 7:30 PM ET, December 7, 2005ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA (2005-12-07). "Nash, Marion, come up big for Suns". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  5. ^ 1:56 a.m. ET (2007-06-29). "Warriors deal Richardson". MSNBC. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  6. ^ Hu, Janny (2007-06-29). "Warriors trade Richardson". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  7. ^ "Warriors ink Monta Ellis to $66M contract". CBC News. July 25, 2008. 
  8. ^ 7:30 PM ET, January 24, 2007ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA (2007-01-24). "Ellis' buzzer-beater caps rally as Warriors topple Nets". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  9. ^ "Clippers end four-game skid, take over eighth place in West". 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  10. ^ Ellis edges Martin, wins most improved award, published April 26, 2007
  11. ^ Beacham, Greg (2008-01-25). "Monta Ellis stars as Warriors blow big lead, then rally for wild 121–119 win over Nets". Yahoo! Sports. 
  12. ^ 7:30 PM ET, February 29, 2008ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA (2008-02-29). "Wright's first-quarter scoring burst gets Warriors on right track". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  13. ^ By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer Mar 1, 2:03 am EST. "Wright helps Warriors get off to fast start in 119–97 over 76ers". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  14. ^ Tafur, Vittorio (2008-08-28). "Monta Ellis out 3 months: Warriors' guard has surgery for ankle injury". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  15. ^ Hu, Janny (2008-10-12). "Accident earns Ellis 30-game suspension". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  16. ^ Warriors G Ellis admits to lying about ankle injury, September 6, 2008
  17. ^ Janny Hu, Warriors' Ellis was hurt in moped accident, September 24, 2008
  18. ^ Marcus, Warriors Checking Ellis' Story, August 29, 2008
  19. ^ "Days of Monta Ellis: Part II". 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  20. ^ Hu, Janny (December 27, 2008). "Ellis out until late January". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  21. ^ "Monta Ellis plans to return to Golden State Warriors on Friday — ESPN". 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  22. ^ Hu, Janny (2009-04-02). "Ellis better than ever in OT thrill-ride win". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  23. ^ "Monta Ellis’ Wife Juanika Amos". Blog Article. Retrieved 2011-10-19.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  24. ^ a b "Monta Ellis News Archive". 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  25. ^ "Monta Ellis' jumper seals third straight win for Warriors". AP. January 19, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  26. ^ NBA (January 20, 2011). "Monta Ellis Hits at the Last Second". YouTube. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  27. ^ NBA (January 22, 2011). "Monta Ellis Forces Overtime". YouTube. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Warriors stun hapless Kings in overtime". AP. January 21, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Thunder prevail despite Ellis' 48 points |". CBS Sports. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  30. ^ "Bucks Acquire Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown from Warriors". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  31. ^ Monta Ellis' buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifts Bucks over Rockets
  32. ^ Monta Ellis drops a 25-point quarter in a comeback win
  33. ^ Mavericks officially sign Monta Ellis
  34. ^ Monta Ellis Mavs great debut
  35. ^ Monta Ellis hits buzzer-beating game-winner vs. Blazers
  36. ^ [1]

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