Monta Ellis

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Basketball player
Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis (2014)
Player information
birthday 26th October 1985 (age 34)
place of birth Jackson , Mississippi , United States
size 191 cm
Weight 84 kg
position Shooting Guard
High school Lanier (Mississippi)
NBA draft 2005 , 40th pick, Golden State Warriors
Clubs as active
2005–2012 Golden State Warriors 2012–2013 Milwaukee Bucks 2013–2015 Dallas Mavericks 2015–2017 Indiana PacersUnited StatesUnited States
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Monta Ellis (born October 26, 1985 in Jackson , Mississippi ) is an American basketball player who was active in the NBA from 2005 to 2017. Most recently he played in the Indiana Pacers .

Drafted straight out of high school by the Golden State Warriors in 2005, Ellis spent seven years with the team. This was followed by positions at the Milwaukee Bucks , Dallas Mavericks and the Pacers. During his time with the Warriors, Ellis won the NBA Most Improved Player award in the 2006/07 season and had two seasons in which he scored about 25 points per game. The 1.91 meter tall guard is characterized by his fast play style, which earned him the nickname The Mississippi Missile (Eng. "The Mississippi Missile").

Player career

High school

Ellis was named Parade Magazine High School Player of the Year 2005 along with Greg Oden and was named to the USA Today All-American Basketball Team in 2005 after averaging 38.4 points in his senior year at Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi , Scored 7.9 rebounds , 6.8 assists and 4.5 steals .

He originally wanted to enroll afterwards at Mississippi State University , but decided against it and signed up for the 2005 NBA Draft , where he was selected in the second round in 40th place by the Golden State Warriors .


At the Warriors, Ellis was one of the top scorers in the NBA

As a rookie he got an average of 6.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.6 steals in the 2005/06 season . In the following season he was able to increase his values ​​to 16.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game, which earned him the title of NBA Most Improved Player . He received 47 out of 129 possible votes in the election. He was also elected to the sophomore team of the NBA Rookie Challenge as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend 2007 , where he scored 28 points in 22 minutes.

In the following years he steadily improved his statistics and became a top performer with the Warriors. His previous career best he achieved in the 2009/10 season with an average of 25.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.2 steals.

In March 2012, Ellis was transferred to the Milwaukee Bucks along with Kwame Brown and Ekpe Udoh in exchange for Stephen Jackson and Andrew Bogut . Originally, he had a contract with the Bucks until 2014, from which he opted out in the summer of 2013.

He then agreed in July of the same year with the Dallas Mavericks on a three-year contract until 2016. In his first year for the Mavericks, Ellis scored 19.0 points per game, making him the team's second best scorer behind Dirk Nowitzki .

In July 2015 Ellis moved to the Indiana Pacers around their star player Paul George . After the NBA 2016/17 , his contract expired and he was initially a free agent .

Web links

Commons : Monta Ellis  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Monta Ellis Is Probably Shooting Right Now . April 19, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Ellis / Oden Parade HS-Player of the Year . April 7, 2005. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  3. 2005 High school boys All-USA basketball team . April 17, 2005. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  4. Golden State's Ellis Wins 2006-07 NBA Most Improved Player Award . April 26, 2007. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Bucks Acquire Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown from Warriors . March 13, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Monta Ellis to opt out of deal . June 17, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  7. Monta Ellis finalizing a three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks . July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.