Monta Ellis

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Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis 2014-10-20.jpg
Ellis with the Mavericks
No. 11 – Indiana Pacers
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-10-26) October 26, 1985 (age 30)
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
20132015 Dallas Mavericks
2015–present Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
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Monta Jermon Ellis (MON-tay; born October 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Ellis entered the 2005 NBA draft directly after graduating from Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was drafted with the 40th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors. He was traded from Golden State to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2012 where he played one full season before signing with the Mavericks in 2013. He became a free agent in 2015 before signing with the Pacers.

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 his senior year.[1]

Ellis scored his career-high 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 and their future NBA duo that consisted of point guard Rajon Rondo and forward Josh Smith. His 42 points set a new record for the most points 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. Ellis led Lanier to a 129–16 record in his four seasons as a starter, winning the 4A state championship in both 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]

Considered a five-star recruit by, Ellis was listed as the No. 2 shooting guard and the No. 3 player in the nation in 2005.[4] Ellis originally committed to Mississippi State University, but later decided to enter the NBA draft.

NBA career[edit]

Golden State Warriors (2005–2012)[edit]

2005–06 season[edit]

Ellis was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 40th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He scored his first points on December 7, 2005 against the Phoenix Suns on a three-point shot[5] and was inserted into the starting lineup late in the 2005–06 NBA season, along with fellow rookie Ike Diogu. Ellis finished his rookie season with averages of 6.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 18.1 minutes per game.

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.[6]

On January 31, 2007, he was selected to play in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge during the NBA's All-Star weekend. He scored 28 points in a win for the sophomore team on 13 for 16 shooting. He was edged out by David Lee for the game's MVP honors.

On February 24, Ellis recorded a career-high 13 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers.[7]

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. 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).[8]

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 second eight-seeded team to beat a one-seeded team in a best-of-seven series – the first being the Denver Nuggets against the Seattle Supersonic in the 1994 playoffs. The Warriors then 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.[9]

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 named the Western Conference Player of the Month and was presented with the honor 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.[10][11] Ellis also scored over 30 points in the month of February for four games straight.

Ellis finished the season averaging 20.2 points per game while shooting a career-high average 53.1% from the field.

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.[12]

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,[13] after he informed the club that he had injured himself working out. However, as was suspected during weeks of speculation, it was revealed he was injured in a low-speed moped accident.[14] 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.[15][16][17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

Ellis finished the season with averages of 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in just 25 games.

2009–10 season[edit]

Ellis had his best year scoring-wise during the 2009–10 NBA season. He finished with a career-high average of 25.5 points per game, while adding 4.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.

2010–11 season[edit]

Ellis with Warriors in 2011

In July, prior to the 2010–11 season, Ellis married Juanika Amos in Memphis, Tennessee.[20]

On October 27, 2010, Ellis recorded a career-high 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.[21] 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. He subsequently won Player of the Week honors.

Ellis finished the season with averages of 24.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game.

2011–12 season[edit]

On February 7, 2012, Ellis scored a new 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.[22] Ellis was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played March 5 through March 11.

Milwaukee Bucks (2012–2013)[edit]

Ellis performing a reverse layup as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.

2011–12 season[edit]

On March 13, 2012, Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.[23] 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. Ellis averaged 20.4 points and 6.0 assists on the season.

2012–13 season[edit]

On February 27, 2013, Ellis made a game-winning three-pointer against the Houston Rockets.[24]

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 that season, dished out 5 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds in a win against the Orlando Magic.[25]

Ellis finished the season with averages of 19.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game. He helped the Bucks reach the Eastern Conference playoffs where they lost 4-0 to the Miami Heat in the first round.

Dallas Mavericks (2013–2015)[edit]

Ellis as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, being defended by future teammate Chandler Parsons.

2013–14 season[edit]

On July 23, 2013, Ellis signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[26]

On October 30, 2013, in his Mavericks debut, Ellis recorded 32 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in a win against the Atlanta Hawks. His 32 points are most ever by a player making his Mavericks debut.[27] 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.[28]

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.[29]

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.

2014–15 season[edit]

On December 2, 2014, Ellis scored 38 points, his high with the Mavericks, in a double-overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls. He made three free throws with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game to send it into overtime.[30] The next night, Ellis hit an off-balance fadeaway at the buzzer to beat his old team, the Milwaukee Bucks, 107–105.[31] Ellis tied his season-high of 38 points on December 20, 2014 against the San Antonio Spurs in a 99–93 win.[32]

On June 24, following the 2014–15 season, Ellis opted out of his contract with the Mavericks, becoming a free agent.[33]

Indiana Pacers (2015–present)[edit]

On July 14, 2015, Ellis signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.[34][35] He made his debut for the Pacers in the team's season opener against the Toronto Raptors on October 28, recording 9 points and 6 assists in a 106–99 loss.[36]

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
2014–15 Dallas 80 80 33.7 .445 .285 .752 2.4 4.1 1.9 .3 18.9
Career 678 599 35.8 .454 .314 .773 3.5 4.8 1.7 .3 19.3


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
2015 Dallas 5 5 39.4 .468 .367 .750 3.4 5.2 2.0 .6 26.0
Career 27 22 31.0 .427 .293 .747 2.7 2.9 1.4 .3 15.5


Ellis is the son of Marcella Singleton and Rosa Ellis.[37] Ellis and his wife, Juanika, have two children. Ellis is also an avid fisherman in his spare time.[38]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "USA Today All Americans 2005". Online article (USA Today). 
  2. ^ Rewind: Monta Ellis
  3. ^ "Mr. Basketball: Year-by-Year |". The Clarion-Ledger. 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  4. ^ Monta Ellis – Yahoo! Sports
  5. ^ "Nash, Marion, come up big for Suns". 2005-12-07. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  6. ^ ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA (2007-01-24). "Ellis' buzzer-beater caps rally as Warriors topple Nets". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  7. ^ "Clippers end four-game skid, take over eighth place in West". 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  8. ^ Ellis edges Martin, wins most improved award, published April 26, 2007
  9. ^ Beacham, Greg (2008-01-25). "Monta Ellis stars as Warriors blow big lead, then rally for wild 121–119 win over Nets". Yahoo! Sports. 
  10. ^ ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA (2008-02-29). "Wright's first-quarter scoring burst gets Warriors on right track". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Warriors ink Monta Ellis to $66M contract". CBC News. July 25, 2008. 
  13. ^ Tafur, Vittorio (2008-08-28). "Monta Ellis out 3 months: Warriors' guard has surgery for ankle injury". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  14. ^ Hu, Janny (2008-10-12). "Accident earns Ellis 30-game suspension". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  15. ^ Warriors G Ellis admits to lying about ankle injury, September 6, 2008
  16. ^ Janny Hu, Warriors' Ellis was hurt in moped accident, September 24, 2008
  17. ^ Marcus, Warriors Checking Ellis' Story, August 29, 2008
  18. ^ Hu, Janny (December 27, 2008). "Ellis out until late January". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  19. ^ "Monta Ellis plans to return to Golden State Warriors on Friday — ESPN". 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  20. ^ "Monta Ellis’ Wife Juanika Amos". Blog Article. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  21. ^ "Monta Ellis News Archive". 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  22. ^ "Thunder prevail despite Ellis' 48 points &#124". CBS Sports. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  23. ^ "Bucks Acquire Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown from Warriors". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  24. ^ Monta Ellis' buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifts Bucks over Rockets
  25. ^ Monta Ellis drops a 25-point quarter in a comeback win
  26. ^ Mavericks officially sign Monta Ellis
  27. ^ Monta Ellis Mavs great debut
  28. ^ Monta Ellis hits buzzer-beating game-winner vs. Blazers
  29. ^ Ellis named West Player of the Week
  30. ^ Monta Ellis, Mavs overcome Derrick Rose-led Bulls in double OT
  31. ^ Ellis hits shot at buzzer, Mavericks beat Bucks
  32. ^ Ellis leads Mavericks over Spurs 99-93
  33. ^ Monta Ellis opts out of Mavericks contract, chooses free agency
  34. ^ "Pacers Sign Veteran Free Agent Monta Ellis". July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Monta Ellis to sign four-year, $44M deal with Pacers". 2 July 2015. 
  36. ^ "DeRozan scores 25, Lowry has 23, Raptors beat Pacers 106-99". October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  37. ^ Buckner, Candace (October 24, 2015). "Monta Ellis: 'Basketball was my escape. I really didn’t have a childhood'". Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  38. ^ 11 Facts About Monta Ellis

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