Wayne Ellington

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Wayne Ellington
Wayne Ellington.jpg
Ellington with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011
No. 2 – Los Angeles Lakers
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-11-29) November 29, 1987 (age 26)
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Daniel Boone
(Birdsboro, Pennsylvania)
Episcopal Academy
(Merion, Pennsylvania)
College North Carolina (2006–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
20092012 Minnesota Timberwolves
2012–2013 Memphis Grizzlies
2013 Cleveland Cavaliers
2013–2014 Dallas Mavericks
2014–present Los Angeles Lakers
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 Los Angeles Lakers 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 has previously played for the Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks.

High school career[edit]

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.[1] 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.)

College career[edit]

Ellington with the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2009

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.

On April 23, 2009 Ellington announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2009 NBA Draft, where he was drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Timberwolves, 28th overall.[4]

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages
Season Team G PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% MIN TO
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
Totals: 115 14.7 4.1 2.2 1.0 0.1 .462 .396 .809 28.5 1.5

NBA career[edit]

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 July 24, 2012, Ellington was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward Dante Cunningham.[5]

On November 11, 2012, Ellington recorded a career high of 25 points against the Miami Heat. He also made a career high seven three pointers.[6]

On January 22, 2013, Ellington was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Marreese Speights, Josh Selby and a future first round draft pick for forward Jon Leuer.[7]

On July 26, 2013, Ellington signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[8]

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.[9] On August 6, 2014, he was traded again, this time to the Sacramento Kings, along with Jeremy Tyler and a 2016 second round pick, in exchange for Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw.[10] On September 3, 2014, he was waived by the Kings.[11]

On September 22, 2014, Ellington signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.[12]

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
2009–10 Minnesota 76 0 18.2 .424 .395 .871 2.1 1.0 .3 .1 6.6
2010–11 Minnesota 62 8 19.0 .403 .397 .792 1.7 1.2 .5 .0 6.6
2011–12 Minnesota 51 4 19.1 .404 .324 .800 1.9 .6 .5 .2 6.1
2012–13 Memphis 40 4 16.9 .407 .423 .938 1.3 1.1 .4 .0 5.5
2012–13 Cleveland 38 17 25.9 .439 .371 .898 3.0 1.6 .8 .1 10.4
2013–14 Dallas 45 1 8.7 .437 .424 .909 1.0 .4 .4 .0 3.2
Career 312 35 17.9 .418 .386 .855 1.8 1.0 .4 .1 6.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Dallas 2 0 7.0 .333 .333 1.000 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 4.0
Career 2 0 7.0 .333 .333 1.000 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 4.0

International[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wayne Ellington
  2. ^ "UNC escapes OT at Clemson thanks to last-second 3-pointer by Ellington." ESPN.com. Retrieved on January 7, 2008
  3. ^ Associated Press (2009-04-23). "Lawson, Ellington entering draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Nate. Last first-round pick delivers guard only sweep, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 26, 2009.
  5. ^ "Grizzlies acquire Wayne Ellington". NBA.com. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Grizzlies vs Heat, November 11, 2012". NBA.com. 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  7. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Speights, Ellington, Selby and Future First Round Pick From Grizzlies". NBA.com. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  8. ^ "MAVS SIGN SWINGMAN ELLINGTON". NBA.com. July 26, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Knicks Acquire Calderon, Three Others in Dallas Trade". NBA.com. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Kings Acquire Jeremy Tyler, Wayne Ellington and 2016 Second-Round Draft Considerations in Trade with New York". NBA.com. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Kings Waive Wayne Ellington". NBA.com. September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Lakers Sign Wayne Ellington". NBA.com. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 

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