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Monta Ellis | Guard | #11

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 185
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (10) / GS
Contract: view contract details

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Monta Ellis scored two points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 29 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.
He's had a miserable season and maybe he's not healthy. Ellis has scored two points in three of his last five games and has seen his usage drop big time. If you want to drop Ellis for a hot free agent, we still don't blame you. Jan 19 - 1:45 AM

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Monta Ellis scored 12 points with two rebounds, one assist and two steals in 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

He's still wearing his mask and it doesn't seem to be affecting his confidence. Ellis saw a lot of run in garbage time today, which is a great sign of his minutes limit going away. Techincally, he doesn't have a limit, but Ellis played just 19.5 minutes per game over his previous four. He's had a bad season, so he's got some work to do to have value in standard leagues.
Jan 12 - 5:22 PM

Monta Ellis scored just nine points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.

He was wearing a mask in this game for the first time this season. Ellis actually broke his nose on Tuesday night, so he played on Thursday without a mask. The Pacers continue to limit his minutes because of his groin strain from last month, but his minutes limit should soften at some point next week. If you're looking at a hot free agent and thinking of dropping Ellis, it's not a bad idea. He's had a rough season.
Jan 7 - 9:45 PM

Monta Ellis played just 21 minutes with two points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover against the Nets on Thursday.

While he didn't have a formal minutes cap, clearly coach Nate McMillan doesn't want to unleash Monta like he did prior to his injury. He wasn't having the best season to begin with, so we can't fault you if you don't want to wait for him to turn it up again.
Jan 5 - 10:06 PM

Monta Ellis does not have a minutes limit for Thursday's game against the Nets.

He has been limited to around 20 minutes to this point. There's a decent chance he sticks off the bench, especially with how he can play the one and two and the Pacers are on a three-game winning streak -- that's their best win streak all year. Ellis has been a letdown, but he should be owned in standard leagues.
Jan 5 - 5:27 PM

Monta Ellis said he's cool with coming off the bench for the Pacers.

"Whatever it takes for us to win, I'm willing to do it," Ellis said Wednesday. "That's the situation, and I embrace it. As long as we continue to win, that's all that matters to me." The Pacers are 3-1 with Ellis off the bench, so coach Nate McMillan is going to stick with that for now even though he wouldn't commit to it for the long term. Ellis is averaging 6.5 points and 2.3 assists in 16.8 minutes per game over his last four, so fantasy owners can do better unless his role grows.
Jan 5 - 9:37 AM

Monta Ellis hit 6-of-6 shots for 16 points, one rebound, three steals and nothing else in 20 minutes on Tuesday.

He's been back from his groin injury for four games and tonight was the first time he's scored more than four points in any of them. He's worth keeping an eye on, but will probably do a better job of limiting teammate Jeff Teague from blowing up on a nightly basis than he will helping fantasy owners. He probably belongs on waiver wires unless he starts scoring consistently, which will be tough to do as long as he's coming off the Pacers' bench.
Jan 3 - 10:50 PM

Monta Ellis (left ankle) played 16 minutes off the bench on Sunday, making 2-of-3 shots to finish with four points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

Ellis suffered a mild ankle sprain in Indy's previous game but it was never expected to cost him any games. He's still getting back up to speed after missing an extended period due to a groin injury, however, and has been a liability in nearly all fantasy formats over the past month. Owners should view him warily until he proves he can produce reliable stats.
Jan 1 - 9:21 PM

Monta Ellis (left ankle) will play Sunday vs. the Magic.

Ellis tends to play if he's capable of walking, although he'll likely be working with a minutes restriction off the bench today, so he's not a very attractive target in most formats. With Ellis on the court, C.J. Miles' minutes could dip to the mid-20s.
Jan 1 - 4:23 PM

Monta Ellis (left ankle sprain) is questionable to face the Magic on Sunday.

He only played 13 minutes on Friday and there was no mention of the sprain post-game. Coach Nate McMillan mentioned he needed to knock off some rust from his groin injury. Ellis did not play in the final 7:28 on Friday, so maybe this is why. It's also worth a mention that this is his famous moped left ankle. If he can't go, Glenn Robinson III and C.J. Miles will get some extra playing time.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 02:52:00 PM

Monta Ellis was on a minutes limit on Friday against the Bulls, finishing with two points, one rebound, one assist and two steals in 13 minutes.

After the game, he said he doesn't care about starting and just wants to win. For years, many have talked about Ellis coming off the bench as a combo guard, which makes too much sense on this Pacers team. He will still be limited due to his groin injury, but Ellis is still worth owning even in a down season.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 07:33:00 PM

Monta Ellis will come off the bench and remain on a 15-20 minute limit against the Bulls on Friday.

It makes sense after he played 18 minutes on Wednesday. Ellis beat his timetable by about a week, so the Pacers could limit him until next week. He's still worth a pickup, but Ellis has really been a letdown this season.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 02:48:00 PM

Monta Ellis returned to action on Wednesday, playing 18 minutes with four points, one rebound and one assist.

He had some clear restrictions after missing the previous eight games. Ellis did show some quickness at times on drives and he looked somewhat healthy. There is some rust to be expected and that should continue, especially considering Ellis was expected to miss at least another week. He's worth an add now that he's back.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 03:43:00 AM

Monta Ellis (groin) will play off the bench against the Wizards on Wednesday.

Back on Dec. 22, Ellis was expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks, so he crushed his timetable in a positive way. Before this injury, he was one of the most durable players in the NBA, so it's not too shocking to see him back out there. He'll likely be limited, but go ahead and pick him up despite his sub-par season. Glenn Robinson III will lose some value in the starting lineup while C.J. Miles becomes an even riskier fantasy option.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 05:41:00 PM

Monta Ellis (groin) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

Just five days ago, the Pacers said that they'd be re-evaluating Ellis in two weeks, so it's strange to see him hit with the questionable tag. We feel he's much closer to doubtful, but owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. With Ellis on the sidelines, Glenn Robinson has been starting with C.J. Miles earning extended minutes with the second unit.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jeff Teague
2Aaron Brooks
3Joseph Young
SG1Monta Ellis
2Rodney Stuckey
SF1Paul George
2C.J. Miles
3Glenn Robinson III
PF1Thaddeus Young
2Lavoy Allen
3Georges Niang
4Rakeem Christmas
C1Myles Turner
2Al Jefferson
3Kevin Seraphin