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Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis
Position: G
Born: 10/26/85
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Salary: $10,300,000
Ellis averaged 12.8 points and a team-leading 5.3 assists entering Saturday’s game, including a nine-assist outing in the Pacers’ 112-85 victory at Philadelphia on Wednesday night. “We played against him for many years and every time we play him we say, ‘Hey, he’s only 6-2; let’s go inside on him.’ It just becomes a turnover-fest. He’s just not a guy you can exploit easily on the defensive end. “He’s so good with his hands and his feet and his IQ.”
“Basketball was my escape,” Ellis now says. “I really didn’t have a childhood at the time then because I locked the outside world out.” Ellis now has a four-year, $44 million contract. This summer, even after undergoing a previously unreported surgical procedure on his left knee – which should be considered his “good” knee – he is trusted to add the jet fuel to the Pacers’ smaller, faster lineup. He has a great responsibility, but the greater challenge may be to stop hiding inside the surly fortress he has built and open up to the world.
These days, Nelson has retired to the shores of Hawaii, where he is unplugged from the NBA transactions wire and unburdened by old beefs with former players. Still, his bouts with Ellis are well known. Nelson inherited Ellis in his second year in the league and coached him until the 2009-10 season. “Well, the first thing that pops into my head is that he’s …” Nelson starts, and you’re expecting to hear a sort of basketball pejorative: selfish scorer, one-dimensional ball hog. And yet, Nelson makes a surprising declaration. “…a terrific player,” he finishes.
West’s decision to leave in pursuit of immediate gratification in what could be the final season of his career amplified everything. As team president Larry Bird said, West’s surprising move brought about several other changes, as it cost the team its starting power forward and on-court leader. At that point there was no point in trying to maintain the core of the teams that reached the conference finals in consecutive seasons. The mutual desire for Hibbert to move on was another major factor, opening a major hole at center that had been filled for seven seasons. Stuckey, Allen and Whittington were re-signed, but the upcoming roster still includes eight new players: Chase Budinger, Toney Douglas, Monta Ellis, Jordan Hill, Glenn Robinson III and rookies Myles Turner, Joe Young and Rakeem Christmas.