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| birth_place = Jackson, MississippiLanier High School (Jackson, Mississippi)>Lanier (Jackson, Mississippi)| draft_round = 2| draft_pick = 40| draft_year = 2005| draft_team = Golden State Warriors| career_start = 200520052011|end}}| team1 = Golden State Warriors20112012|end}}| team2 = Milwaukee Bucks20132014|end}}| team3 = Dallas Mavericks20152016|end}}| team4 = Indiana PacersNBA Most Improved Player Award>NBA Most Improved Player (2007) }}Monta Ellis ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|m|ɒ|n|t|eɪ}} {{respell|MON|tay}}; born October 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He attended Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was a McDonald's All-American and first-team Parade All-American. He entered the NBA directly out of high school, being drafted with the 40th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2005 NBA draft. In 2007, he was named the NBA Most Improved Player. After six and a half seasons with the Warriors, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in March 2012. A season and a half with the Bucks was followed by two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and two seasons with the Indiana Pacers.

High school career

Ellis attended Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi. As a senior in 2004–05, Ellis led Lanier to its second state crown in four years, averaging 38.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.5 steals per game for a team that finished 35–2 and No. 3 in the FAB 50 national rankings. During his senior season, Ellis scored 65 points against Greenwood.WEB,weblink 11 Facts About Monta Ellis,, August 10, 2015, March 2, 2019, The schools met again later that season, where Ellis had 72 points, a mark tied for second on the all-time state charts. He also had 46 points against Oak Hill Academy. For his efforts, Ellis was named 2005 EA SPORTS National Player of the Year and Parade co-Player of the Year with Greg Oden.WEB, Huff, Doug,weblink Rewind: Monta Ellis,, January 17, 2010, March 2, 2019, 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 and runner-up finishes in 2003 (31–4) and 2004 (30–5). He finished ranked second in state history with 4,167 points, good for 28.7 points per game.WEB, Abrams, Jonathan,weblink Monta Ellis Is Probably Shooting Right Now,, April 24, 2013, March 2, 2019, Ellis originally committed to Mississippi State University, but later decided to enter the NBA draft.WEB, Katz, Andy,weblink Point guard Ellis will declare for NBA draft,, April 26, 2005, March 2, 2019,

Professional career

Golden State Warriors (2005–2012)

2005–06 season

Ellis was selected with the 40th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. He appeared in 46 games as a rookie and made three starts, with all three coming over the last four games of the season. He averaged 6.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18.1 minutes per game.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis 2005-06 Game Log,, March 2, 2019, In the Warriors' season finale on April 19, 2006, Ellis scored a season-high 27 points and had a chance to put the game into overtime, but his 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the rim, as Golden State lost 105–102 to the Utah Jazz.WEB,weblink Jazz beat Warriors to salvage winning season,, April 19, 2006, March 2, 2019,

2006–07 season

Ellis averaged 16.5 points, 4.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 2006–07, helping the Warriors return to the playoffs after a 12-year absence.WEB,weblink Golden State's Monta Ellis Selected Most Improved Player,, April 26, 2007, March 2, 2019, Ellis increased his scoring by 9.7 points from his rookie season, the largest increase in the NBA. Starting 53 of the 77 games he appeared in, Ellis reached double figures in scoring 68 times, including 24 games of 20 or more points.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis Named 2006-07 Most Improved Player,, April 26, 2007, March 2, 2019, He scored a season-high 31 points three times, twice in November and once in March.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis 2006-07 Game Log,, March 2, 2019, On February 24, Ellis recorded a career-high 13 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers.WEB,weblink Clippers end four-game skid, take over eighth place in West,, February 24, 2007, March 2, 2019, He recorded three or more steals 20 times and had at least five steals three times, including a career-high six against the Seattle SuperSonics on March 17, 2007. He was subsequently named the NBA Most Improved Player. In May, he helped the Warriors defeat the Dallas Mavericks in six games in the first round of the playoffs, becoming the first No. 8 seed to capture a best-of-seven playoff series.WEB,weblink Warriors Upset Mavs to Clinch First-Round Series,, May 3, 2007, March 2, 2019, The Warriors went on to lose in five games to the Utah Jazz in the second round.

2007–08 season

(File:Monta Ellis cropped.jpg|thumb|upright|left|Ellis with the Warriors in April 2008)Ellis averaged a career-high 20.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.53 steals in 37.9 minutes in 81 games during the 2007–08 season. He ranked 14th in the NBA in field goal percentage (.531, 3rd among all guards), 15th in steals and 25th in scoring.WEB,weblink Warriors Re-Sign Guard Monta Ellis To Multi-Year Contract,, July 24, 2008, March 2, 2019, He became only the ninth guard in NBA history to shoot 60% from the floor for an entire month in February (.602).WEB,weblink Wright's first-quarter scoring burst gets Warriors on right track,, February 29, 2008, March 2, 2019, He scored a career-high 39 points on January 24 against the New Jersey Nets and scored 30-plus points on 12 occasions overall.

2008–09 season

On July 24, 2008, Ellis re-signed with the Warriors to a six-year, $66 million contract.WEB,weblink Warriors ink Monta Ellis to $66M contract,, July 25, 2008, March 2, 2019, However, in August, he was sidelined for three-plus months after suffering a Grade 3 high ankle sprain, a torn deltoid ligament and a syndesmosis disruption of his left ankle that required surgery.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis Undergoes Successful Surgery,, August 27, 2008, March 2, 2019, The injuries occurred in a motorized scooter accident, but his mistake was compounded by telling the Warriors he hurt himself playing pickup ball in his native Mississippi, only coming clean about the accident several days later. As a result, he was suspended by the Warriors for 30 games without pay—the approximate number of games he was expected to miss with the injury anyway.WEB, Hu, Janny,weblink Accident earns Ellis 30-game suspension,, October 12, 2008, March 2, 2019, WEB,weblink Ellis gets 30-game suspension without pay for accident,, October 12, 2008, March 2, 2019, Ellis made his season debut on January 23, 2009, scoring 20 points in a 106–105 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.WEB,weblink LeBron rebounds from missed free throws to crush Warriors at buzzer,, January 23, 2009, March 2, 2019, On March 11 against the New Jersey Nets, Ellis returned to the line-up after missing seven games to attend to a family emergency.WEB,weblink Jackson helps Warriors rally by Nets as Ellis, Biedrins return,, March 11, 2009, March 2, 2019, On April 1, he scored a career-high 42 points to go with nine rebounds and nine assists in a 143–141 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings.WEB,weblink Ellis, Warriors survive Martin, Kings in overtime,, April 1, 2009, March 2, 2019, WEB,weblink Kings vs. Warriors – Box Score,, April 1, 2009, March 2, 2019, After jamming his left ankle late in overtime,WEB,weblink Warriors sting Paul, Hornets behind Crawford's 39,, April 3, 2009, March 2, 2019, Ellis missed the final seven games of the season to finish with a total of 57 missed games in 2008–09.WEB,weblink 2008-09 Season In Review,, April 16, 2009, March 2, 2019, In 25 games, he averaged 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

2009–10 season

On November 25, 2009, Ellis scored 42 points in a 118–104 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.WEB,weblink Parker's 32 points pace Spurs' defeat of Ellis, Warriors,, November 25, 2009, March 2, 2019, On November 30, he scored a career-high 45 points in a 126–107 win over the Indiana Pacers.WEB,weblink Ellis fouls out after career-high 45; Warriors hold on vs. Pacers,, November 30, 2009, March 2, 2019, On February 3, he set a new career high with 46 points in a 110–101 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.WEB,weblink Mavs prevail despite Ellis' career-high 46 points,, February 3, 2010, March 2, 2019, Between late February and early March, Ellis missed six straight games with a back injury.WEB,weblink Roy's 41 points lead Blazers' charge back from 13-point deficit,, March 11, 2010, March 2, 2019, ...and Monta Ellis added 17 before fouling out in his first game back following a six-game absence for Golden State..., WEB,weblink Curry, Ellis power Warriors past Raptors,, March 13, 2010, March 2, 2019, ...while Monta Ellis scored 31 in his second game back following a back injury., Then between late March and early April, he missed seven straight games with the flu.WEB,weblink Clippers rally behind Kaman's double-double to halt seven-game slide,, April 10, 2010, March 2, 2019, ...while Monta Ellis missed his seventh straight game with the flu..., WEB,weblink Ellis returns with 27 points as Warriors survive Thunder,, April 11, 2010, March 2, 2019, Ellis scored 27 points in his first game following a two-week absence..., Ellis solidified himself as one of the top guards in the NBA and in the process emerged as the team's true leader. His career-best 25.5 points per game was second among Western Conference guards and sixth overall in the NBA and he also ranked among the NBA leaders in steals (2nd, 2.23 spg) and minutes played (1st, 41.4 mpg).WEB,weblink 2009-10 Season In Review,, April 14, 2010, March 2, 2019,

2010–11 season

(File:Monta Ellis 2011-03-02 (6).jpg|thumb|upright|right|Ellis with the Warriors in March 2011)In the Warriors' season opener on October 27, 2010, Ellis matched his career high with 46 points in a 132–128 win over the Houston Rockets, setting the third-best total by a Warriors player in a season opener. Only Wilt Chamberlain, who had 48 points in 1961 and 56 points in 1962, had more.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry combine for 71 points in Warriors' win,, October 27, 2010, March 2, 2019, On November 19, he scored 40 points in a 125–119 loss to the New York Knicks. It was his sixth career 40-point game.WEB,weblink Raymond Felton's 35 points fuels Knicks' shootout win vs. Warriors,, November 19, 2010, March 2, 2019, On December 20, he scored 44 points in a 121–112 loss to the Rockets.WEB,weblink Kevin Martin's late heroics overcome Monta Ellis (44), Warriors,, December 20, 2010, March 2, 2019, On December 27, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, December 20, through Sunday, December 26.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis Named NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week,, December 27, 2010, March 2, 2019, On March 4, 2011, he scored 28 of his 41 points in the second half of the Warriors' 107–103 loss to the Boston Celtics.WEB,weblink Ray Allen helps Celts hold off late surge by Monta Ellis, Warriors,, March 4, 2011, March 2, 2019, The 2010–11 season saw Ellis and Stephen Curry become one of the most lethal duos in the NBA.WEB,weblink 2010-11 Season In Review,, April 14, 2011, March 2, 2019, For the season, he ranked eighth in scoring (24.1 ppg), first in minutes (40.3 mpg) and third in steals (2.10 spg). Many around the league thought that Ellis was deserving of being an All-Star.

2011–12 season

On January 4, 2012, Ellis scored 38 points in a 101–95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.WEB,weblink Tony Parker, Spurs oust Warriors in first game without Manu Ginobili,, January 4, 2012, March 2, 2019, On February 7, he scored a career-high 48 points in a 119–116 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.WEB,weblink Kevin Durant, Thunder hold off Warriors despite Monta Ellis' 48 points,, February 7, 2012, March 2, 2019, On March 12, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 5, through Sunday, March 11. It was his second career player of the week honor.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis Named Western Conference Player of the Week,, March 12, 2012, March 2, 2019,

Milwaukee Bucks (2012–2013)

(File:Monta Ellis Bucks.jpg|thumb|Ellis with the Bucks in March 2013)On March 13, 2012, Ellis was traded, along with Kwame Brown and Ekpe Udoh, to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.WEB,weblink Bucks Acquire Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown from Warriors,, March 13, 2012, March 14, 2012, His debut for the Bucks came on March 16 against the Warriors in Oakland at Oracle Arena, where he recorded 18 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 120–98 win.WEB,weblink Bucks pound Warriors as Monta Ellis scores 18 points in return to Oakland,, March 16, 2012, March 2, 2019, His best performance for the Bucks in 2011–12 came on April 11, when he recorded 35 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals in a 111–107 loss to the New York Knicks.WEB,weblink J.R. Smith helps Knicks to important win over Bucks,, April 11, 2012, March 2, 2019, WEB,weblink Monta Ellis 2011-12 Game Log,, March 2, 2019, The 2012–13 season saw Ellis start in all 82 games for the Bucks.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis 2012-13 Game Log,, March 2, 2019, On December 22, he scored 37 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. On December 31, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, December 24, through Sunday, December 30.WEB,weblink Bucks' Ellis, Hornets' Vasquez named Players of Week,, December 31, 2012, March 2, 2019, On March 4, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, February 25, through Sunday, March 3.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis Named NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week,, March 4, 2013, March 2, 2019, On March 17, he scored a season-high 39 points against the Orlando Magic. On April 12, Ellis led Milwaukee with 27 points and a career-high 17 assists in a 109–104 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.WEB,weblink Jeff Teague, Josh Smith lead Hawks past short-handed Bucks,, April 12, 2013, March 2, 2019, On April 15, he scored 38 points against the Denver Nuggets. In his first playoff appearance since 2007 with Golden State, the Bucks were swept by the Miami Heat in the first round.WEB,weblink Mavs sign Ellis to reported three-year deal,, July 13, 2013, March 2, 2019, Ellis averaged 19.2 points in 2012–13 but had the lowest 3-point shooting percentage among eligible players at 28.7 percent.

Dallas Mavericks (2013–2015)

File:Monta ellis mavs1.JPG|thumb|Ellis with the Mavericks in November 2013, being defended by Chandler ParsonsChandler ParsonsOn July 23, 2013, Ellis signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.WEB, MacMahon, Tim,weblink Mavericks officially sign Monta Ellis,, July 23, 2013, March 2, 2019, He joined the Mavericks with questions about his efficiency on offense.WEB,weblink Mavs romp as Monta Ellis shines in Dallas debut,, October 30, 2013, March 2, 2019, The 2013–14 season saw Ellis start in all 82 games for the Mavericks.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis 2013-14 Game Log,, March 2, 2019, In his debut for the Mavericks on October 30, 2013, Ellis scored 32 points in a 118–109 season-opening win over the Atlanta Hawks. He was 11 of 17 from the field and had eight assists. On November 20, he scored a season-high 37 points in a 123–120 win over the Houston Rockets.WEB,weblink Mavs overcome Dwight Howard's season-high 33 to repel Rockets,, November 20, 2013, March 2, 2019, On April 12, 2014, he matched his season high with 37 points in a 101–98 win over the Phoenix Suns.WEB,weblink Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis fuel Mavericks past Suns and into playoffs,, April 12, 2014, March 2, 2019, He was subsequently named Wester Conference Player of the Week for the final week of the season.WEB,weblink Hawks’ Jeff Teague, Mavericks’ Monta Ellis named NBA Players of the Week,, April 14, 2014, March 2, 2019, The eighth-seeded Mavericks pushed their first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs to seven games, but ultimately lost 4–3. Over the seven games, Ellis averaged 20.4 points per game.On December 2, 2014, Ellis scored 38 points in a 132–129 double-overtime win over the Chicago Bulls.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis, Mavs overcome Derrick Rose-led Bulls in double OT,, December 2, 2014, March 2, 2019, On December 20, Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, as the Mavericks rallied late to beat the Spurs 99–93.WEB,weblink Rajon Rondo collects 6 points, 9 assists as Mavs rally past Spurs,, December 20, 2014, March 2, 2019, On March 24, 2015, he matched his season high with 38 points in a 101–94 win over the Spurs.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis pours in 38 as Mavericks rally in 2nd half to beat Spurs,, March 24, 2015, March 2, 2019, For the regular season, Ellis averaged 18.9 points to become the first player other than Dirk Nowitzki to lead the Mavericks in scoring since 1999–2000.WEB, MacMahon, Tim, Broussard, Chris,weblink Monta Ellis set for free agency,, June 24, 2015, March 2, 2019, In the Mavericks' five-game first-round playoff series loss to the Rockets, Ellis averaged 26.0 points per game,WEB,weblink Monta Ellis 2014-15 Game Log,, March 2, 2019, including scoring a playoff career-high 34 points in a 130–128 loss in game threeWEB,weblink James Harden, Dwight Howard notch career playoff bests; Rockets up 3-0,, April 24, 2015, March 2, 2019, and 31 points in a 121–109 win in game four.WEB,weblink J.J. Barea, Al-Farouq Aminu help Mavs push series vs. Rockets to 3-1,, April 26, 2015, March 2, 2019, On June 24, 2015, Ellis decided not to pick up the option for the final year of his contract with the Mavericks, thus becoming a free agent.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis opts out of Mavericks contract, chooses free agency,, June 24, 2015, March 2, 2019, subscription, He underwent surgery on his right knee before the start of free agency, with the procedure described as "minor".WEB, Lewis, Tom,weblink Monta Ellis profile reveals knee surgery prior to signing with Pacers,, October 27, 2015, March 2, 2019,

Indiana Pacers (2015–2017)

On July 14, 2015, Ellis signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.WEB,weblink Pacers Sign Veteran Free Agent Monta Ellis,, July 14, 2015, July 14, 2015, WEB, Broussard, Chris, Stein, Marc,weblink Monta Ellis to sign four-year, $44M deal with Pacers,, July 2, 2015, March 2, 2019, He appeared in 81 games in 2015–16, all as a starter, sitting out only the regular-season finale ahead of the playoffs.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis 2015-16 Game Log,, March 2, 2019, WEB,weblink Solomon Hill scores 25, Pacers beat Bucks 97-92,, April 13, 2016, March 2, 2019, ...with starters including Paul George and Monta Ellis sitting out., On January 10, 2016, he had a season-high 13 assists in a 107–103 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets.WEB,weblink Ariza scores 24, Rockets rally to beat Pacers 107-103 in OT,, January 10, 2016, March 2, 2019, On January 30, Ellis scored a season-high 32 points and had nine rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 109–105 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets.WEB,weblink Ellis scores 32 points, Pacers beat Nuggets 109-105 in OT,, January 30, 2016, March 2, 2019, He finished the regular season averaging 13.8 points on 43 percent shooting, including 31 percent from the 3-point line. Turnover prone, he averaged 2.5 turnovers during the regular season and 2.4 during the playoffs.WEB, Montieth, Mark,weblink Player Review 2016: Monta Ellis,, May 23, 2016, March 2, 2019, 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.WEB,weblink Mavericks vs. Pacers – Box Score,, October 26, 2016, October 26, 2016, He failed to surpass that scoring mark for the rest of the season, scoring 19 points twice in November and again in March.WEB,weblink Monta Ellis 2016-17 Game Log,, March 2, 2019, On December 10, he injured his groin in the first half of the Pacers' comeback win over the Portland Trail Blazers.WEB, Gibson, Ben,weblink Monta Ellis Will Miss Next 4 Games With Groin Injury,, December 12, 2016, March 2, 2019, He subsequently missed the next eight games with a strained right groin.WEB,weblink Wall scores 36 points as Wizards hold off Pacers, 111-105,, December 28, 2016, December 28, 2016, Upon returning from injury, he lost his starting spot to Glenn Robinson III.WEB, Furr, William,weblink Who Should Start for the Indiana Pacers? Glenn Robinson III Vs Monta Ellis,, January 3, 2017, March 3, 2019, In 74 games, he made 33 starts and averaged 8.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 27.0 minutes per game.On July 6, 2017, Ellis was waived by the Pacers.WEB,weblink Pacers Waive Ellis,, July 6, 2017, July 6, 2017,

NBA career statistics

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Regular season

{{NBA player statistics start}} {{nbay|2005}} Golden State| 6.8 {{nbay|2006}} Golden State| 16.5 {{nbay|2007}} Golden State.531 >5.0 >| 20.2 {{nbay|2008}} Golden State.830 >| 19.0 {{nbay|2009}} Golden State 41.4* .449 .338 .753 4.0 5.3 2.2 .4 25.5 {{nbay|2010}} Golden State 40.3* .451 .361 .789 3.5 5.6 2.1 .3 24.1 {{nbay|2011}} Golden State6.0 >| 21.9 {{nbay|2011}} Milwaukee| 17.6 {{nbay|2012}} Milwaukee82 >82 >6.0 >| 19.2 {{nbay|2013}} Dallas82 >82 >| 19.0 {{nbay|2014}} Dallas| 18.9 {{nbay|2015}} Indiana.5 >| 13.8 {{nbay|2016}} Indiana| 8.5 class="sortbottom" Career| 17.8


{{NBA player statistics start}} 2007 Golden State11 >| 8.0 2013 Milwaukee5.5 > 2.5 .3 14.3 2014 Dallas7 >.871 >| 20.4 2015 Dallas39.4 >.468 >.367 >.6 >| 26.0 2016 Indiana7 >3.9 >| 11.6 2017 Indiana| 5.5 class="sortbottom" Career| 13.7

Personal life

Ellis is the son of Marcella Singleton and Rosa Ellis.WEB, Buckner, Candace,weblink Monta Ellis: 'Basketball was my escape. I really didn’t have a childhood',, October 24, 2015, November 5, 2015, Older brother Antwain Ellis was his basketball hero growing up. Ellis and his wife, Juanika, have two children. Ellis is a sneakerhead and an avid fisherman.

See also



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