Dallas Mavericks: Former Mav Monta Ellis wants NBA comeback

Dallas Mavericks Monta Ellis Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Monta Ellis Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks former starter Monta Ellis is attempting an NBA comeback this summer after not playing in the league since 2017.

Dallas Mavericks fans remember Monta Ellis. The guard signed with the Mavs in the summer of 2013. Over the next two seasons, Ellis averaged 19.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.8 steals in 35.3 minutes per game for the Mavericks. He led the team in scoring in 2015.

His tenure in Dallas only last two years, though. The Mavs made the playoffs both seasons but were bounced in the first round. Ellis moved on signing a four year deal with the Pacers in the summer of 2015. Indiana waived him using the stretch provision in 2017.

Ellis has not played in the NBA since the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season. He performed well during his final year. Ellis averaged 8.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.1 steals in 27.0 minutes per game.

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Monta Ellis is still only 33 years old. The guard feels like he has something left in the tank. Apparently, he and fellow former Mav Amar’e Stoudemire are planning a comeback attempt. Jordan Schultz sent the following tweet on July 3.

The 33-year-old is not a fantastic fit in the modern NBA. Ellis was always a skilled scorer but struggled from 3-point territory. He is a career 31.4 percent shooter on his 2,349 3-point attempts. Teams want guards than space the floor and knock down jumpers.

Monta Ellis was a fan favorite in Golden State. The 6’3 guard always played with a lot of intensity. It will be interesting to see if he can latch on with a team on a veteran minimum deal after his workout.

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