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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
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Monta Ellis was a no-show in his six minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 4 loss, going 0-of-2 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line on his way to one point, one board and one turnover.
Ellis posted some of his worst numbers since his rookie year this season, with averages of just 8.5 points, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 turnovers per game on 44.3 percent shooting, which had him ranking well outside the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues. The 31-year-old’s numbers have been trending in the wrong direction for three years now, so he’s not going to be worth drafting in most leagues next season. Apr 23 - 3:49 PM

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Monta Ellis moved to the bench against the Cavs for Game 3 on Thursday, scoring eight points with one rebound, one block and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

Coach Nate McMillan went with Ellis as the point guard early in the third quarter, but Monta's defense was a bit of a problem late today. He'll probably be coming off the bench again for Game 4 and should be around 20 minutes.
Apr 20 - 9:57 PM

Monta Ellis will come off the bench for Game 3 on Thursday.

This move is likely due to the Pacers giving up some size in the backcourt. Ellis did come off the bench for 41 games, averaging 8.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 24.3 minutes per game. That serves as a fair expectation for today and possibly Game 4.
Apr 20 - 6:17 PM

Monta Ellis scored 11 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

He did play well, but the lack of size for Ellis as a two guard could become a problem on the defensive end. Plus, Lance Stephenson did close this game out over Ellis despite a solid game from Monta on the offensive side. His minutes may trend down to around 24 the next time out on Monday.
Apr 15 - 5:42 PM

Monta Ellis finished the regular season with a thud on Wednesday, going 0-of-4 from the field for zero points, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes.

Glenn Robinson III (calf) is still out of commission, but the Pacers have the luxury of some depth behind Ellis now that Lance Stephenson is in the fold. Ellis has been better since the All-Star break, but it's clear that his best fantasy days are far behind him. He'll go undrafted in most leagues next season.
Apr 12 - 11:44 PM

Monta Ellis scored eight points with one rebound, one assist, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

He was playing well with some aggressive defense in the first half, but coach Nate McMillan wanted to go with a little more Lance Stephenson in the second half. Now that the Pacers have some options on the wing, it'll be tough to count on Ellis every night. Obviously you have to love the output today with the Bucks being so careless today.
Apr 6 - 9:57 PM

Monta Ellis made 2-of-11 from the field for four points with two rebounds, four assists and three steals in 33 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

While the steals are nice, he made just 1-of-5 from the field in Wednesday's game and there's a very good chance he loses minutes on Sunday when Lance Stephenson is in the rotation. If you've been counting on Monta in a deeper league, you might want to let him go for someone else.
Mar 31 - 9:36 PM

Monta Ellis made another start on Wednesday vs. Memphis, but he shot just 1-of-5 from the field for two points with three rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

Ellis played 32 minutes but he posted a mere 10.0 percent usage rate -- the only player lower was Lavoy Allen (9.4 percent usage in 14 minutes). Pacers coach Nate McMillan wants Ellis to stay aggressive offensively with the starting unit, but recent returns haven't been good. Leave him on the wire in most formats.
Mar 30 - 12:29 AM

Monta Ellis started again for the Pacers and hit 8-of-11 shots to tie his season high of 19 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in Tuesday's 115-114 loss to the Timberwolves.

He's played very well in three straight games and might be the starting shooting guard going forward. He's scored in double digits in three straight games, averaging 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 3-pointers over his last three games. He's hit 19-of-31 shots over that stretch, good for 61 percent, and might be worth picking up if you are looking for a shooting guard right now. He displaced C.J. Miles in the starting unit two games ago and while the Pacers lost tonight, the move could stick.
Mar 28 - 10:36 PM

Monta Ellis started Sunday's win vs. the Sixers and finished with 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

"This is the group that we started the season with," coach Nate McMillan said before the game. "I hope we'll play a little faster with this group." He also stressed that he wanted Ellis to stay in attack-mode with the starters tonight, but he finished with a modest 17.3 percent usage rate. Ellis is worth a look in deeper leagues, especially with Rodney Stuckey (knee) iffy to play Tuesday.
Mar 26 - 9:19 PM

Monta Ellis will start for Indiana on Sunday, with C.J. Miles coming off the bench.

Ellis started the second half on Friday so this doesn't come as a total surprise, and having another guy capable of creating his own offense should take some pressure off Paul George. Ellis is trending up but he's still just a low-end option, while the move to the bench makes it tough to trust Miles in standard leagues.
Mar 26 - 4:21 PM

Monta Ellis started the second half on Friday against the Nuggets, finishing with 17 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

The move to start Ellis could have been a matchup move, about C.J. Miles' foul trouble or it could be a rotation tweak to offset the loss of Glenn Robinson III (calf), but Robinson was barely in the rotation before his injury. Ellis is actually playing decent ball in his last five, averaging 12.0 points, 2.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 treys. He's still only a borderline guy to use right now.
Mar 24 - 11:55 PM

Monta Ellis started the second half for C.J. Miles on Friday against the Nuggets.

The defense was really bad, especially on the perimeter. Additionally, this could be a tweak to not having Glenn Robinson III (calf). Whatever the case, there's no need to react to this from a fantasy perspective.
Mar 24 - 8:20 PM

Monta Ellis finished with 10 points, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes in Sunday's loss against the Raptors.

Ellis continues in a reserve role for the Pacers, but he has hit double-digit point totals in five of his past seven games while contributing six steals in the past three outings. He is no longer a bona fide fantasy starter, but he is still a valuable option in deeper leagues for his help with points and steals while contributing a handful of assists.
Mar 19 - 8:34 PM

Monta Ellis made 7-of-13 shots to score 16 points off the bench on Wednesday, hitting two 3-pointers with one rebound, two assists, two blocks and one steal.

Ellis did his damage in 27 minutes tonight, helping to compensate for quiet games from Rodney Stuckey (scoreless in 16 minutes) and C.J. Miles (nine points in 18 minutes). The 31-year-old's game is predicated on quickness and he's showing his age this season, making it impossible to roster him outside of the deepest leagues.
Mar 15 - 10:30 PM