Dale Ellis (born August 6, 1960 in Marietta, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association.
After his time at the University of Tennessee, Ellis was selected ninth overall in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. His time as a shooting guard with the Mavericks was rather unremarkable as he played scant minutes and was often relegated to sitting on the bench.
However, his fortunes changed after he found himself traded to the Seattle Supersonics for Al Wood on July 23, 1986. His playing time increased significantly, and his scoring average reflected this as it jumped from being in single digits with the Mavs, to the mid twenties with the Sonics. Ellis also became an All-Star for the first and only time in his career during this period. He would spend four and a half seasons with the Sonics before once again being traded, this time to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ricky Pierce.
While he was again a bench player with the Bucks, his minutes still remained relatively high and Ellis still made large contributions to the team with his scoring ability. Following the conclusion of the 91-92 season, he found himself traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Tracy Murray. As a member of the Spurs, Ellis once again found himself in the starting lineup playing slightly more minutes than he did as a Buck. Although his production largely remained the same, he was doing it much more efficiently, shooting nearly 50% from the field as opposed to 46% with Milwaukee.
After signing with the Denver Nuggets, and then later in his career traded to the Sonics once again, the Orlando Magic (for whom he never played), again to the Bucks, and the Charlotte Hornets, he saw a more reduced playing role. The Hornets traded him to the Miami Heat after 1999-2000; but he retired from the league prior to the start of the next season.
All in all, Ellis played in 1,209 games and had career averages of 15.7 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, a .479 field goal percentage, and a .403 three point field goal percentage. He is third all-time in three-point shots made with 1,719, and is 12th all-time in three point field goal percentage. He holds the NBA record for most minutes played in a single game, when he scored 53 points in 69 minutes (out of a possible 73) for the Sonics in a 155-154 loss to the Bucks in five overtimes on November 9, 1989.
Ellis is remembered for his accurate 'catch and shoot' rhythm coming off the low post and baseline screens.