After being in and out of the rotation all season and out the last two games due to sickness, Wayne Ellington finally showed flashes of why the Dallas Mavericks signed this offseason.
Prior to the Monta Ellis signing, Ellington was slated to be the starting shooting guard for the Mavs. His ability to knock downy the 3-ball (37.9% career 3-pt) and defend the guard position were gonna be a welcome sight to the Mavericks.
“Make It Wayne” was gonna be a factor.
Ellington was gonna be able to spread the court and feed off of Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki.
Well, “Make It Wayne” never got going.
As Ellington struggled to find his shot (33.9 fg%, 29.2 3p%) as he was averaging just 2.4 ppg, he also struggled to find minutes (7.9 mpg) and a role (21 games played).
Jae Crowder and rookies Shane Larkin and Gal Mekel seized his role and minutes.
With Larkin out with an ankle injury, Rick Carlisle called Ellington’s number first off the bench.
“Make It Wayne” arrived!
Ellington netted a season high 12 points and 6 rebounds, as he went 5 of 8 from the floor, which included 2 of 5 shooting from three and two great backdoor cuts for layups.
The hope is that Ellington can build off this performance and niche with this team. His ability to play off the ball and defend will always be needed.
With Devin Harris set to return to practice tomorrow, Brandan Wright healthy, and Vince Carter showing consistency, Jae Crowder and DeJuan Blair providing energy, if “Make It Wayne” is here to stay, the Mavericks’ bench will be a force to be reckoned with.
It really feels good to finally say, “Make It Wayne!”