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AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2006-07: NBA Most Improved Player … Five-time Player of the Week winner (Dec. 26, 2010; March 11, 2012; Dec. 30, 2012; March 3, 2013; April 14, 2014)

2015-16
Started all 81 games in which he appeared during his first season with the Pacers, averaging 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game … Shot 42.7 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from three-point range and 78.6 percent from the free throw line … Ranked 26th in the NBA in assists (4.8), 10th in steals (1.85) and 30th in minutes (33.8) per game … Scored in double figures 59 times including 16 games with 20 or more points … Indiana posted a 9-4 record when Ellis led the team in scoring and an 11-5 mark when he scored 20 or more points … Led the Pacers in assists a team-high 38 times as Indiana posted a 23-15 record in those games … Recorded 150 steals during the regular season and teamed with Paul George (152) to become the first pair of Pacers teammates to each record 150 or more steals in a season since Dudley Bradley (211) and Mickey Johnson (153) during the 1979-80 season … Set season highs with 32 points, his only game with 30 or more points during the regular season, on 13-for-28 shooting and nine rebounds in 41 minutes during the overtime win over Denver, 1/30 … Posted his lone double-double of the season with 11 points and a season-high 13 assists at Houston, 1/10. That marked the highest assists total by any Pacers player during the regular season ... Passed 14,000 points for his NBA career in the win at Washington, 3/5, becoming the 24th active player in the league to reach that mark … Recorded one DNP-CD, during the regular season finale at Milwaukee, 4/13.

PRO
An 11-year NBA veteran with the Warriors (2005-12), Bucks (2012-13), Mavericks (2013-15) and Pacers (2015-16), Ellis has appeared in 759 games (680 starts) with career averages of 18.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 35.6 minutes per game … Holds career shooting percentages of .451 from the field, .313 from three-point range and .774 from the free throw line … He is one of 30 active players in the NBA to score at least 14,000 points and one of 14 active players with at least 14,000 points and 3,000 assists … Has recorded 48 double-doubles during his NBA career with a single-season high of 10 with Golden State during the 2010-11 campaign … Named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2006-07 and averaged 18+ points in eight consecutive seasons from 2007-15 … Selected by Golden State in the second round (40th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft … re-signed by Golden State, 7/24/08 … traded along with Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to Milwaukee in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson on March 13, 2012) … signed a free agent contract with Dallas on July 23, 2013) … Signed by the Pacers as a free agent on July 10, 2015 … 2014-15: Started 80 games for Dallas and led the Mavericks in scoring for the second consecutive season with an average of 18.9 points per game … Also recorded team highs in steals (1.85 per game) and minutes played (33.7 per game) to go with 2.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game … Finished 19th in the NBA in scoring, 36th in assists, tied for 7th in steals and 31st in minutes per game … Recorded three double-doubles … Recorded 10 games with 30+ points (7-3 record), 17 games with 25+ points (13-4 record) and 35 games with 20+ points (27-8 record) … Recorded 10 or more assists three times (3-0 record) … Missed the game at Indiana (3/29) due to a lower right leg injury … NWT-Inactive (rest) at Utah, 4/13 … 2013-14: Averaged 19.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 36.9 minutes in 82 games (all starts) … shot 45.1 percent from the field and 78.8 percent from the foul line…among NBA leaders, ranked 23rd in scoring, 19th in assists, 11th in steals and 8th in minutes per game … was the only Maverick to appear in all 82 games … Recorded six double-doubles … Posted five games with 30+ points, 11 games with 25+ points and 42 games with 20+ points (24-18 record) … Finished with 10 or more assists eight times (6-2 record)… Named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from April 7-13 after averaging 25.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 40.0 minutes per game while shooting 51.6% (32-62 FGs) from the field and 44.4% (4-9 3FGs) from 3-point range ... 2012-13: Averaged a team-high 19.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.1 steals in 37.5 minutes … played in all 82 games for the 1st time in his career (all starts), and was the only Buck to accomplish that feat in 2012-13 … among NBA leaders, he ranked 11th in scoring, 21st in assists and 4th in steals … led the team in scoring 33 times and assists 39 … Posted nine games with 30+ points, 37 games with 20+ points and 74 games with 10+ points … Recorded a league-high 11 games with 5+ steals … Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice (for weeks ending 12/30/12 and 3/4/13) … Hit the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired at HOU (2/27/13) … Scored a season-high 39 points vs. Orlando, 3/17 – the Milwaukee season-high in 2012-13; scored 33 of his 39 points vs. the Magic in the 2nd half, including 25 in the 4th quarter – a mark that stood as the high quarter across the league all season … Dished out a career-high 17 assists at Atlanta, 4/12 … Surpassed the 10,000-point mark for his career with a 38-point effort vs. Denver, 4/15 … 2011-12: Averaged 20.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 36.6 minutes in 58 combined games (all starts) with Golden State and Milwaukee ... In 37 games with the Warriors, averaged 21.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 36.9 minutes … In 21 games with the Bucks, averaged 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals … Among NBA leaders, ranked 11th in scoring, 14th in assists, 14th in steals and 11th in minutes ... Posted five double-doubles (point/assist) … Recorded 13 games with 30+ points, 28 games with 20+ points and 54 games with 10+ points…Posted six games with 10+ assists … Scored a career-high 48 points (18-29 FGs) vs. Oklahoma City, 2/7 ... Hit the game-winning shot with 1 second remaining in Golden State’s win at Phoenix, 2/22 ... Named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from March 3-11 after averaging 20.5 points, 7.5 assists and 2.0 steals and leading the Warriors to a 3-1 week ... Traded to Milwaukee on March 14 … Made his Bucks debut vs. his former team, 3/16, recording 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals ... sat out the final 2 games of the season with a right hand injury ... 2010-11: Averaged 24.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.1 steals and 40.3 minutes in 80 games (all starts) ...shot 45.1 percent from the field, a career-high 36.1 percent (career highs with 137-379 3FGs) from three-point range and 78.9 percent from the line … Among NBA leaders, ranked 1st in minutes, 3rd in steals, 8th in scoring and 22nd in assists – leading the league in minutes played and finishing in the league’s top-10 in scoring (6th in 2009-10) and top-5 in steals (2nd in 2009-10) for the 2nd consecutive season ... Was one of only five players in the NBA to average at least 20.0 points and 5.0 assists (joining Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams) ... the only player in the NBA to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals ... Averaged more than 24.0 points and 5.0 assists for the 2nd consecutive season, joining Rick Barry (1973-74 & 1974-75) as the only Warriors players to do so in back-to-back years since 1962 ... Became the first Warrior to average 24+ points in consecutive seasons since Chris Mullin did so in 5 straight seasons from 1988-93... Recorded four games with 40+ points, trailing only Kevin Durant’s five 40-point outings during the season ... Became the first Warrior to score 30+ points 20 times in consecutive seasons since Chris Mullin did so 4 straight years from 1987-91 ... 10 double-doubles (9 point/assist), including three straight point/assist double-doubles from March 25-29, marking the first three-game streak of his career ... Made a careerhigh 137 three-pointers after making only 164 threes in the first 296 games of his career combined … Finished with 46 points vs. Houston on opening night, which marked the most points by any NBA player in a season-opener since Michael Jordan’s 54 vs. Cleveland on Nov. 3, 1989; it also marked the most points by a Warrior on opening night since Wilt Chamberlain posted 56 on 10/23/62 ... Named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Dec. 20-26, averaging 39.7 points and 7.0 assists – scoring 35+ points in 3 straight games for the first time in his career ... Missed the final two games of the season with a Grade 2 concussion, which was suffered in the 4th quarter vs. Sacramento, 4/10 ... 2009-10: Appeared in 64 games (all starts), averaging a career-high 25.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, career-high 2.2 steals and career-high 41.4 minutes ... Shot 44.9 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from three-point range and 75.3 percent from the foul line … Among NBA leaders, ranked 6th in scoring, 2nd in steals and 1st in minutes ... Became the first GS player to average at least 25.0 points since Chris Mullin in 1992-93; and the first Warriors player to average 25.5 points and 5.0 assists since Mullin in 1988-89 ... Only three other NBA players in 2009-10 averaged at least 25.0 points and 5.0 assists (LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade) ... Became one of only seven NBA players in the last 10 years to average at least 25.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds, joining Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, Gilbert Arenas, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tracy McGrady ... Became the first NBA player to play every minute in at least 13 games in a single season since Gary Payton in 1999-2000 ... Posted three games with 40+ points, including two during a three-game stretch from Nov. 25-30 (42 at SA and 45 vs. IND) … Recorded 24 games with 30+ points - only five NBA players (Durant, James, Anthony, Bryant and Wade) reached the 30-point plateau more times … Missed 18 games due to injury/illness … 2008-09: Averaged 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 35.7 minutes in 25 games (all starts) … Over his final 11 games, he averaged 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 48.0 percent (115-238 FGs) from the field ... Finished with 11 games with 20+ points … Scored a season-high 42 points (16-35 FGs, 10-12 FTs) to go with 9 rebounds and 9 assists in an overtime victory vs. Sacramento, 4/1 ... Missed the first 43 games of the year due to left ankle injury sustained on Aug. 21, 2008 ... Missed 57 games overall due to injury … 2007-08: Averaged 20.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 37.9 minutes per game in 81 appearances (72 starts) … Shot a career-best 53.1 percent from the field … Among NBA leaders, ranked 25th in scoring, 15th in steals and 18th in minutes ... Shot 60.2% (106-176 FGs) from the field during the month of February, becoming just the 9th guard in NBA history to shoot above 60.0% from the field during a single month (minimum 10 games and 150 FGA) (joining Fred Brown, Brad Davis, Sidney Moncrief, Earl Monroe, Steve Nash, Jim Paxson, Rickey Pierce (twice) and John Stockton (twice) ... 2006-07: Averaged 16.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 34.3 minutes in 77 games (53 starts) ... Named the NBA’s Most Improved Player after increasing scoring average by 9.7 points per game over his rookie season (up from 6.8) ... his scoring improvement was the largest in the NBA amongst players who appeared in at least 41 games in both seasons ... Also increased his field goal percentage from .415 as a rookie to .475 in 2006-07... Among NBA leaders, he ranked 8th in steals … Recorded a season-high 31 points three times, including backto-back games vs. Seattle and Phoenix, 11/18-20 ... Hit the game-winning, buzzer-beating jumper in 110-109 victory over the Nets, 1/24 ... Posted his first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds at Indiana, 2/5 ... Participated in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on All-Star Saturday in Las Vegas, 2/16, scoring 28 points in 21 minutes to help the Sophomore squad to a 155-114 victory over the Rookies ... Missed five games due to injury … 2005-06: Averaged 6.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 18.1 minutes in 49 games (three starts) during his rookie season … Shot 34.1 percent from threepoint range and 71.2 percent from the line … Among NBA rookie leaders, he finished 16th in scoring, 11th in assists and 9th in 3FG% ... of the seven high school players taken in the 2005 NBA Draft that appeared in at least 20 games, Ellis ranked first in scoring ... Made his NBA debut at Phoenix, 11/12, recording two assists in five minutes … Appeared in 46 of final 51 games after appearing in just three of team’s first 31 games ... Averaged 11.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 25.0 minutes over the final 17 games ... Recorded season highs of 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in 44 minutes at Utah, 4/19.

PLAYOFFS
In five trips to the postseason, Ellis has appeared in 34 career playoff games (29 starts) with averages of 14.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.2 minutes per game … Holds career shooting percentages of .428 from the field, .301 from long distance and .752 from the free throw line in the postseason … 2015-16: Started all seven games in Indiana’s First Round matchup with Toronto, averaging 11.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game … Shot 43.4 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent from the foul line during the series … Scored in double figures in four of seven games with a high of 15 points three times … Finished with 15 points and seven assists in Game 7 at Toronto, 5/1/16 … Led all players through the first round of the playoffs with 15 steals … Recorded multiple steals in five games, including a playoff career high with four during the Pacers’ Game 6 win, 4/29 … 2014-15: Recorded the highest-scoring playoff series of his career and led the Mavericks with 26.0 points and 5.2 assists per game … Shot 46.8 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent from the line in five games against Houston … Scored at least 24 points in four of the five games, including a postseason career high with 34 in Game 3, 4/24 … 2013-14: Averaged team-high 20.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 35.6 minutes in 7 first round games vs. SA…5 games with 20+ points…scored a playoff-high 29 points on 2 occasions: in Game 3 vs. SA (4/26/14) and in Game 6 vs. SA (5/2/14) … 2012-13: Averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 38.0 minutes in four-game series vs. Miami… Two games with 20+ points … Scored 22 points (10-19 FGs) to go with four rebounds, three assists and four steals in 39 minutes at Miami, 4/21/13 … 21 points (10-20 FGs, 1-4 3FGs), 5 rebounds and 8 assists in 39 minutes vs. MIA (4/28/13) … 2006-07: Averaged 8.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 21.6 minutes in 11 games (6 starts).

HIGH SCHOOL
An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft out of Lanier High School in Jackson, Miss.…in four seasons at Lanier, averaged 28.7 points per game and racked up 4,167 total points – second all-time in Mississippi history and tops among big-school players (5A and 4A)…named to 2005 McDonald’s AllAmerican Team…named National Co-Player of the Year by PARADE Magazine as a senior…a four-time All-State selection, becoming the first player in state history to earn the honor four times…became the Jackson Public Schools’ all-time leading scorer, surpassing Othella Harrington…his teams compiled a record of 129-16, appeared in four consecutive state championship finals and captured two state titles (2002 and 2005)…named Mr. Basketball in Mississippi following senior season in which he averaged 38.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.5 steals and led his team to a 35-2 record and the Class 4A state championship…career-high 72 points in a 117-56 victory over Greenwood…42 points vs. Oak Hill Academy, which at the time was ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, the most points ever scored against the perennial powerhouse.

PERSONAL
First name is pronounced “MON-tay”...the son of Rosa Ellis...he and his wife, Juanika, have one son, Monta Jr., and one daughter, Myla ... In the summer of 2010, launched the “ME8 Foundation” to assist families and children in Jackson, Miss., and the Bay Area ... Named co-winner of the 2010-11 Golden State Warriors Foundation Community Service Award, which is given annually to the Warriors player who best exemplifies the spirit of community service through their outstanding commitment of time, service and financial support to children and families ... Held a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway for families in the Indianapolis area.

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Height: 6'3''/ 1.91m
Weight: 185 lbs./ 83.9 kg
Born: October 26, 1985
From: Lanier HS (Jackson, MS)
Draft: 2nd Round (40th pick) 2005 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2005
Years Pro: 11
Previous Teams:
  Indiana Pacers 2015 - 2015
  Dallas Mavericks 2014 - 2014
  Milwaukee Bucks 2013 - 2013
  Dallas Mavericks 2013 - 2013
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Prior to NBA/Country: Lanier HS (Jackson, MS)/USA

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