Monta Ellis Ellis with the Mavericks in 2014 Free agent Position Shooting guard Personal information Born October 26, 1985 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 Playing career 2005–present Career history 2005–2012 Golden State Warriors 2012–2013 Milwaukee Bucks 2013–2015 Dallas Mavericks 2015–2017 Indiana Pacers Career highlights and awards NBA Most Improved Player (2007) McDonald's All-American (2005) First-team Parade All-American (2005) Mr.
Basketball USA (2005) Stats at NBA.com Stats at Basketball-Reference.com Monta Ellis (/ˈmɒnteɪ/ MON-tay; born October 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played 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 Dallas Mavericks in 2013. He became a free agent in 2015 before signing with the Pacers. High school career 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.
 Ellis scored his career-high 72 points in a game against Greenwood High School. 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. Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Ellis was listed as the No. 2 shooting guard and the No. 3 player in the nation in 2005. Ellis originally committed to Mississippi State University, but later decided to enter the NBA draft. Professional career Golden State Warriors (2005–2012) 2005–06 season Ellis was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2005 NBA draft with the 40th overall pick.
He scored his first points on December 7, 2005 against the Phoenix Suns on a three-point shot 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 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.
 On January 31, 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. On April 26, he received the NBA's Most Improved Player Award after averaging 16.
5 points per game, an 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' 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). Ellis was part of the rotation of the Warriors as they defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs, becoming the first eighth-seeded team to beat a top-seeded team in a best-of-seven series.
The Warriors then lost in the Western Conference semi-finals to the Utah Jazz 4–1. 2007–08 season 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, one year to the day of his first ever game-winning shot, which also came against the Nets. 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 who accomplished this were John Stockton, Ricky Pierce, Earl Monroe, Jim Paxson, Fred Brown, Sidney Moncrief, Brad Davis and Steve Nash. 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. 2008–09 season 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, after he informed the club that he had injured himself working out. However, as was suspected during weeks of speculation, it was revealed that he was injured in a moped accident. Because dangerous activity such as this violates Paragraph 12 of his player contract, Golden State's organization opted to suspend Ellis for 30 games, the approximate number of games he expected to miss.
 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. 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. Ellis finished the season with averages of 19.
0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in just 25 games. 2009–10 season 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. 2010–11 season Ellis with Warriors in 2011 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, Ellis poured in 34 points on 13-of-24 shooting during the Warriors' 108–99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On December 20, 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. On January 19, 2011, Ellis nailed a jumper with 0.
6 seconds remaining on the clock, giving the Warriors a thrilling 110–108 victory over the Indiana Pacers. After scoring just two points in the first quarter, Ellis helped carry the Warriors to victory, finishing with 36 points on 16-of-28 shooting. The effort marked his 12th 30+ point game of the season. Ellis finished the season with averages of 24.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game.
2011–12 season 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. Ellis was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played March 5 through March 11. Milwaukee Bucks (2012–2013) Ellis performing a reverse layup as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.
2011–12 season On March 13, 2012, Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. 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 On February 27, 2013, Ellis made a game-winning three-pointer against the Houston Rockets. 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.
 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) Ellis, as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, being defended by future teammate Chandler Parsons. 2013–14 season On July 23, 2013, Ellis signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
 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. 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. 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.
 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 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. The next night, Ellis hit an off-balance fadeaway at the buzzer to beat his former team, the Milwaukee Bucks, 107–105. Ellis tied his season-high of 38 points on December 20, 2014 against the San Antonio Spurs in a 99–93 win. Ellis led the Mavericks to a 50-win season and the No.
7 seed in the 2015 NBA Playoffs. His 18.9 points per game was a team high, marking the first time since the 1999–2000 season that somebody other than Dirk Nowitzki led the team in scoring. On June 24, following the 2014–15 season, Ellis opted out of his contract with the Mavericks, becoming a free agent. Indiana Pacers (2015–2017) On July 14, 2015, Ellis signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.
 He made his debut for the Pacers in the team's season opener against the Toronto Raptors on October 28, recording 9 points and six assists in a 106–99 loss. On November 8, he scored a then season-high 25 points in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On December 11, Ellis recorded 24 points, six assists and six steals in a 96–83 win over the Miami Heat that ended a three-game losing streak.
 On December 28, he scored a season-high 26 points in a 93–87 win over the Atlanta Hawks. On January 10, he recorded 11 points and a season-high 13 assists in an overtime loss to the Houston Rockets. He had another all-round game on January 28, recording 25 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals in a 111–92 win over the Hawks. Two days later, in a 109–105 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets, Ellis scored 32 points for his first 30-point game as a Pacer.
 In the Pacers' season opener on October 26, 2016, Ellis recorded 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a 130–121 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks. He missed five games in December with a strained right groin. On July 6, 2017, Ellis was waived by the Pacers. NBA career statistics 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 * Led the league Regular season Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG 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 2015–16 Indiana 81 81 33.8 .427 .309 .786 3.3 4.7 1.9 .5 13.8 2016–17 Indiana 74 33 27.0 .443 .319 .727 2.
8 3.2 1.1 .4 8.5 Career 833 713 34.8 .451 .314 .772 3.5 4.6 1.7 .3 17.8 Playoffs Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG 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 3.2 5.2 2.0 .6 26.0 2016 Indiana 7 7 32.1 .434 .333 .800 3.
9 4.3 2.1 .0 11.6 2017 Indiana 4 2 18.9 .400 .250 .800 2.0 1.3 .5 .3 5.5 Career 38 31 29.9 .427 .298 .755 2.8 3.0 1.5 .2 13.7 Personal life Ellis is the son of Marcella Singleton and Rosa Ellis. Ellis and his wife, Juanika, have two children. Ellis is an expert fisherman in his spare time. In 2012, a former Golden State Warriors employee reached a settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the team and Ellis that alleged Ellis sent her unwanted texts that included a photo of his genitals.
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We’re two weeks from NBA training camp, and Monta Ellis remains unmoored from the league. The Indiana Pacers, who are rebooting after losing Paul George’s heart, decided to waive Ellis in early July and stretch his salary cap hit over five years. The timing ought to have given Monta, just 31 years old, an opportunity to find a new home. More than two months later, this has not happened. Neither has he jumped ship to the Chinese Basketball Association, a proper next step for score-first guards seeking money and fame in the wake of NBA rejection.
Is this the end of Monta Ellis? Shall we never again have too much Monta or enough Monta at all to sate our needs? Will Monta never again have it all? If this is the end, we should take stock of what the full breadth of the Monta Ellis experience offered. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Ellis entered the league in the infamous 2005 NBA draft, the last of the prep-to-pro era. Monta was one of a record nine high school players taken in that draft and one of six taken in the second round.
Of those six players, five played in the NBA — C.J. Miles, Monta, Lou Williams, Andray Blatche, and Amir Johnson — and had relatively long, lucrative careers. Only Blatche is firmly out of the league. The five players have made a combined $278 million (and counting) in the NBA without playing college ball. This is heady company. Ellis instantly became a rotation player for a mediocre Warriors team.
Stephen Jackson arrived a year later, and Baron Davis stayed healthy. Don Nelson returned to the sidelines making Monta a featured player. This team became the We Believe! Warriors. The Dubs snuck into the playoffs as a No. 8 seed and knocked off the Mavericks, embarrassing their NBA MVP and future Monta hype man, Dirk Nowitzki. The Warriors were much better the following season. Jackson got MVP buzz and Monta actually won Most Improved Player over Kevin Martin (never forget) after averaging 20 points per game.
Yet, the vagaries of the West kept Golden State out of the playoffs despite 48 wins. This constituted the death of We Believe! In the 2008 offseason, Davis opted out of his contract at the last possible moment to flee to his hometown of Los Angeles and join Elton Brand, except Brand fled the Clippers to join the Sixers (one of the great WTF July 1s in league history). The Warriors invested in Monta with a six-year, $66 million deal.
They’d build around Ellis, Jackson, a cast of other solid players like Corey Maggette and Jamal Crawford, and some draft picks like Summer League Legend Marco Belinelli, Anthony Randolph, and Brandan Wright. Except Monta crashed his moped after signing the contract, injuring himself badly. The Warriors suspended Ellis without pay for 30 games and Golden State lost a ton of games, as Jackson and Nelson checked out.
It became a tank season of sorts; the Warriors ended up in the No. 7 slot, picking one Stephen Curry. After two years and change that included watching Curry rise alongside a promising Klay Thompson and an ownership change, the Warriors traded Monta to the Bucks for an injured Andrew Bogut in March 2012. This allowed the tank to continue one more year. The Warriors needed to avoid losing their pick, and trading a healthy, still good Monta for a broken Bogut helped Golden State land Harrison Barnes.
Monta was extremely popular with the Warriors faithful, and for good reason. He was the last real vestige of the team’s last awesome team (no shots at Andris Biedrins). He’d been the Warriors’ best, most exciting player for years, though Curry was quickly supplanting him in the pecking order. When new franchise owner Joe Lacob came to center court to honor Chris Mullin at a jersey retirement ceremony, fans booed the hell out of him.
That was the single most glorious representation of what Monta had built simply by being awesome. The man who rescued Warriors fans from the tragic Chris Cohan era got booed off the court for trading Monta. It remains a wonderful monument. Unfortunately, that was the peak for Monta. The Warriors were proved correct as Curry, Thompson, and the rest thrived, winning at least two championships as Steph became the first unanimous MVP ever.
The remaining monuments built for Monta were largely jokes at his expense. Stays in Milwaukee, Dallas, and Indiana provided only glimpses of what young Monta had meant to Golden State. It also gave ammunition to his critics. Ellis continued to put up numbers and soak up minutes, but to what end? Despite the birth of Playoff Monta — a moniker heralded Ellis’ big postseason numbers — in Dallas, our hero never won another playoff series after the spring of We Believe! In the end, Monta became his caricature: an out-of-vogue empty stats, poor shooting two-guard.
This legacy lives on in his heirs. Shabazz Muhammad, a single-minded scorer like early Monta, didn’t get a hefty contract coming off his rookie deal. He had his qualifying offer rescinded by the Wolves, only to find a sparse market awaiting him. On Tuesday, he signed a deal to return to Minnesota for the minimum. Who would Monta be if he’d debuted in 2015 instead of 2005? How would the league and its fans assess the proto-Dion Waiters, albeit more quiet and country? Is there room for score-first slashers who soak up high volumes without the associated efficiency we now demand? That Waiters signed for $52 million over four years this summer is a positive sign.
Remember that Dion first had to show out for Miami for pocket change in 2016-17, having found no interest in free agency. How fitting that by crashing his moped, Monta sparked the league’s full transition toward shooting over slashing and its rebirth as a league of Steph Currys. That incident landed Curry, the best shooter ever, in an environment where the eventual management team would go all in on efficiency and shooting at the expense of any real focus on dribble penetration.
That marriage is revolutionizing the NBA as we speak. Curry would win two MVPs as a high-scoring guard while rarely playing at the rim. Meanwhile, the Montas of the world are just barely hanging on in the NBA, with only the most exceptional versions — DeMar DeRozan, Waiters — thriving. Even Monta, just 31 years old, can’t find a place in this new league. The era that bred Monta is gone, and now perhaps he is too.
Neither Monta nor his aesthetic brethren were perfect. There is so much to love about the style of Curry, Klay, and the new breed of gunners. But something is lost when the importance of the latter leaves no room for the former. Let’s hope some of what made Monta possible survives in his heirs.