Ellington with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011
|No. 2 – New York Knicks|
November 29, 1987 |
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Daniel Boone
|College||North Carolina (2006–2009)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Pro playing career||2009–present|
|2014–present||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Wayne Robert Ellington, Jr. (born November 29, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the NBA. A 6'4" tall and 200 lb shooting guard, Ellington played for the University of North Carolina from 2006 to 2009. His college career-best performance came during a 90–88 overtime win against Clemson on January 6, 2008, in which he led all scorers with 36 points. He chose to forgo his final season of college eligibility to declare for the 2009 NBA Draft, and was drafted 28th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played for the Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Dallas Mavericks before being traded to the Knicks in 2014.
Ellington scored 2,211 points in his high school career, tallying 455 points at Daniel Boone High School, and then 1,756 points at The Episcopal Academy. He played at Episcopal along with Gerald Henderson, Jr., a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. In his senior year, Ellington averaged 21.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and shot 39% from the three-Point line. He led Episcopal to an overall record of 52–7 in his junior and senior year, and to the Inter-Academic League Conference title in his last two years going 20–0 in both seasons. (Episcopal doesn't play in state championships.)
Ellington played in all 38 games for the ACC Champion Tar Heels in 2006–2007, averaging 11.7 points per game. He was named to the 2007 ACC All-Tournament Team. His season ended on a sour note though, as North Carolina lost to Georgetown in the East Regional final of the NCAA Tournament. Ellington had a chance to win the game in regulation, but missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
As a sophomore, Ellington saw his points-per-game average increase as the Tar Heels increasingly went to him in key moments of games. In the January 6, 2008 game at Clemson, Ellington scored a career high 36 points, including the game winning three-pointer with 0:00.4 seconds left in overtime to lead top-rated UNC over #19 Clemson 90–88. But again, his season ended in a poor fashion, as he shot only 1 for 9 from three-point range, in a loss to Kansas in a national semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament. He declared for the 2008 NBA Draft after that season, but did not hire an agent, and withdrew to play his junior year at North Carolina.
As a Junior, Ellington helped lead the Tar Heels to the National Championship, where they defeated the Michigan State Spartans 89–72. He shot 7–10 from three-point range in the Final Four, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team and was named NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
|2006–07||North Carolina Tar Heels||38||11.7||2.9||2.1||0.8||0.0||.433||.371||.836||23.9||1.2|
|2007–08||North Carolina Tar Heels||39||16.6||4.5||2.0||1.1||0.2||.467||.400||.826||31.1||1.7|
|2008–09||North Carolina Tar Heels||38||15.8||4.9||2.7||1.0||0.2||.483||.417||.777||30.4||1.6|
Wayne Ellington was drafted 28th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He averaged 6.6 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game in his rookie season off of the bench.
On June 25, 2014, Ellington, along with Shane Larkin, José Calderón, Samuel Dalembert and two 2014 second-round picks, was traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.
NBA career statistics
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|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Ellington was a member of the team that represented the U.S. in men's basketball at the 2007 Pan American Games who finished 5th.
- Wayne Ellington
- "UNC escapes OT at Clemson thanks to last-second 3-pointer by Ellington." ESPN.com. Retrieved on January 7, 2008
- Associated Press (2009-04-23). "Lawson, Ellington entering draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- Taylor, Nate. Last first-round pick delivers guard only sweep, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 26, 2009.
- "Grizzlies acquire Wayne Ellington". NBA.com. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
- "Grizzlies vs Heat, November 11, 2012". NBA.com. 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
- "Cavaliers Acquire Speights, Ellington, Selby and Future First Round Pick From Grizzlies". NBA.com. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- "MAVS SIGN SWINGMAN ELLINGTON". NBA.com. July 26, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
- "Knicks Acquire Calderon, Three Others in Dallas Trade". NBA.com. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
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