|Drafted By:||Golden State|
|NBA Career:||2005 - Present|
|Mavs Tenure:||2013 - 2015|
Monta Ellis (born October 26, 1985 in Jackson, Mississippi) signed as a free agent with the Dallas Mavericks on July 23, 2013.
At Lanier High School in Jackson, Ellis was a USA Today All-American his senior year. He was also named Parade Magazine's Co-High School Player of the Year along with Greg Oden and was Mississippi's Mr. Basketball for 2005.
Despite committing to Mississippi State, he elected to go straight to the pros and made himself available for the 2005 NBA Draft.
The Golden State Warriors selected Ellis in the second round of that '05 draft. In his rookie season, Ellis saw action in 49 games averaging 6.8 ppg.
It was 2006-2007, Ellis' second year in the league, when it all came together. Besides appearing in the NBA rookie/sophomore challenge during All-Star Weekend, he appeared in 77 games while leading the Warriors to a first round playoff win over the Mavericks and was named the NBA's Most Improved Player. So confident was Golden State in Ellis, after that season, they traded guard Jason Richardson (in a trade also involving future Maverick Brandan Wright) to free up playing time for Ellis.
The 6'3 guard responded by playing in 81 of the Warriors' 82 games and raising his scoring average to 20.2 ppg. Following the 2007-2008 campaign, Golden State rewarded Ellis with a six-year/$66 million contract extension.
In an unfortunate turn of events, Ellis was involved in a moped accident in August of 2008 that tore the deltoid ligament in his left ankle and required surgery. Riding a moped was explicitly prohibited in his contract and Ellis received a 30-game suspension from the team. That year he was only able to participate in 25 of the team's games yet maintained a respectable 19.0 scoring average.
Coming back strong in 2009-2010, Ellis posted a career-high scoring average of 25.5 and almost equaled it the following year when he averaged 24.1 points.
Beginning the 2011-2012 campaign with the Warriors, he had played in 37 games when he was traded, along with Kwame Brown and Ekpe Udoh to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. Ellis finished the season with 21 games for the Bucks posting a 19.2 ppg average.
He played one more season in Milwaukee before signing a free agent deal with Dallas in the summer of 2013.
A fan favorite, Ellis played two seasons for the Mavs before signing a free agent contract with the Indiana Pacers in July of 2015.