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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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Pacers waive G Monta Ellis.
Monta had arguably his worst year as a pro, which caused his minutes to slide way down to just 27.0 minutes per game from 33.8 in 2015-16. The 31-year-old guard could have better luck on another team, but he will have a suspension to start next season. Jul 5 - 5:05 PM

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According to Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star, the Pacers are discussing a possible buyout with Monta Ellis.

Ellis will be 32 in October and is coming off arguably the worst season of his career with averages of 8.5 points, 3.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.6 treys on 44.3 percent shooting. To make matters worse, he will be suspended at the start of the season for violating the NBA's anti-drug program. The Pacers are rebuilding following the departure of Paul George and just acquired Victor Oladipo and Darren Collison, so there's no need to keep Ellis around. He has one year left on his deal for $11.2 million with a player option for a second.
Jul 3 - 10:07 PM

The NBA has suspended Monta Ellis for violating the anti-drug program.

This usually means Ellis failed a drug test for marijuana, and the league announced it will be dealt with accordingly. Ellis has been on good behavior since his infamous moped incident in 2008 that required surgery on his ankle, but a five-game suspension means he violated the anti-drug policy three times. Last year, he had a disastrous season, averaging just 8.5 points per game for his lowest average since his rookie season back in 2005-06. The Pacers will likely be pursuing a guard in free agency.
Jun 16 - 2:09 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Darren Collison
2Cory Joseph
3Joseph Young
SG1Victor Oladipo
2Lance Stephenson
3Rodney Stuckey
4Damien Wilkins
SF1Bojan Bogdanovic
2Glenn Robinson III
PF1Thaddeus Young
2Domantas Sabonis
3T.J. Leaf
C1Myles Turner
2Al Jefferson
3Kevin Seraphin
4Ike Anigbogu