What HAPPENED To Monta Ellis? Is He Going To The Lakers? (Ft. NBA, Young Stephen Curry, Warriors)
Monta Ellis was a star on the Warriors when Stephen Curry came into the NBA. Now Monta Ellis is trying to comeback, but what happened to him? #NBA #Warriors #Monta
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Before the Warriors were the Warriors of today, they were a struggling team that was just bad. But at the core of the Warriors were the young Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. The Warriors almost traded Curry away and built around Monta Ellis, but were absolutely lucky. While Stephen Curry would thrive, Monta Ellis would find himself out of the league at the age of 31, not because of injury, but because no one wanted him anymore.
As a 6’ 3” combo guard coming straight outta high school, he had experienced nothing but success. In his senior year of high school, Monta averaged a ridiculous 38.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 4.5 steals. At one point he scored 72 points in a game, and he was named the National Player of the Year. He won two state championships and was runner up twice in his 4 years of college. Monta had the utmost confidence in himself and you could see it in his game. He was a ball hog. In fact, even before the draft, this is what scouts had to say about him. “He loves to dribble and dribble and dribble and then dribble some more. AAU ball has basically left him no grasp or comprehension of team basketball or fundamentals, and he probably wouldn't understand what's wrong with that if you tried to explain it to him.” That same report said that “He's a 6-3 SG with absolutely no PG skills whatsoever. That will limit his potential to contribute minutes initially unless he ends up on a horrible team.” And he did get drafted to a bad team. The Warriors were coming off of a 34-48 record. They hadn’t made the playoffs for 11 straight years at that point.
All this led to the one player who would inadvertently drive Monta Ellis away from the Warriors. And that would be the baby-faced Stephen Curry, everyone's nightmare. As soon as Curry was drafted, Monta Ellis immediately had a problem. When asked by the media how him and Steph could play together, he simply said, “We can’t.” and that “We’re not gonna win that way.”
Monta already played with a point guard like Baron Davis so you would think drafting Stephen Curry wouldn’t be that big of a problem, except drafting Curry who hadn’t shown that great of point guard skills, made people think that Monta would play more of the point guard position. I can understand where he’s coming from and after his girlfriend persisted that he apologize to Steph for those comments, Monta did and said his problem was with management. Monta went on to have his best season in 2009-10, averaging 25.5 points and 5.3 assists on 45% shooting and 31% from 3 in 41 minutes a game. Steph was surprised when he got an invite to Ellis’s wedding and thought it was Ellis’s fiance. Of course the Warriors management noticed this and saw that Curry had a great rookie season averaging 17.5 points and 5.9 assists off of 46% from the field and 44% from 3.
Stephen Curry even won the sportsmanship award. But… the Warriors management wasn’t the management of today. They chose Monta and looked to trade Steph, at least based off the Bucks owner Marc Lasry who said the Warriors offered Stephen Curry for Andrew Bogut and the Bucks rejected them because of Steph’s ankle health. Steph had tweaked his ankles five times in the season before and in the offseason, he went through offseason surgery and in January of 2012, he sprained his ankle again. So the Warriors with no other real options, decided to trade Monta instead of Steph and take a chance on Steph. Warriors fans loved Monta and booed Chris Mullin at his jersey retirement.
The Mavericks would make the 8th seed in 2014 and Monta averaged 20 points in that series losing. In the 2015 playoffs at the age of 29, Monta averaged 26 points in 5 games in the playoffs along with 5.2 assists shooting 47% from the field and shooting 37% from 3 on 6 3s a game. It was his peak, but the Mavs still lost.
The thing is I think Monta could be effective if he’s added a 3 ball and if he’s the leader of the second unit. Being out of the league should be a humbling experience and make you hungrier. He’s only 33 and so he definitely shouldn’t be a washed player, even with all those minutes. Teams are worried about Ellis’s knee, but at the end of that day, Monta Ellis has himself to blame for his career, but I think that if he’s changed himself, he really can be exciting and help a team out. But what do you think? Will Monta Ellis comeback to the NBA? If so, then which team will he sign with?