DALLAS -- Monta Ellis is known for his offensive talents and his ability to put the ball in the basket. But teammate Shawn Marion acknowledged that the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks is much, much more than that.
“He’s a unique type of player,’’ Marion said Tuesday. “He does so many different things really well.
“He’s got great hands, too. He reminds me of a young me. I can still do it, though. Don’t get it twisted.’’
Ellis is a volume shooter and a scoring machine who averaged 25.5 points and 24.1 points per game in the 2009-’10 and ’10-’11 seasons, respectively, when he played for the Golden State Warriors. While those are gaudy numbers good enough for a berth in any All-Star game, Ellis has never played in an All-Star game during his nine-year career.
But Marion seems to know why.
“I think the time when he was having those good years was when (the Warriors) were losing,’’ Marion
said. “It’s a little harder (to make the All-Star team), I think, when you’re on as losing team.
“I guess now it doesn’t even matter. Back when it was really, really good – everybody was almost pretty much even – if you were on a losing team there was no way you were getting on an All-Star team.’’
On Mar. 13, 2012, the Warriors traded Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks. But he had difficulties adjusting to Milwaukee as he averaged just 17.6 points and 5.3 assists last season before signing a three-year, $26.16 million free agent contract with the Mavs this past summer.
Over the past five seasons, Ellis has averaged over 19 points four times, over five assists five times, and over two steals three times. In other words, the 6-3, 185-pound shooting guard is the type of player who has no problem filling up the stat sheet.
“That was a great pickup for us this summer,’’ Marion said of Ellis. “I think he’s going to be a great asset to this team.''
-- Dwain Price
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