Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis was born the 26th day of the month of October in 1985. His birthplace was Jackson, Mississippi. He attended the Lanier High School on the same city. During his time there he was named High School Player of the Year by the Sunday magazine Parade in 2005. He shared the position with Greg Oden of the Lawrence North High School from Indianapolis, Indiana. Along with this during his senior year he won an USA Today All- American. During his first four seasons tenure he led the Laniers to a record of 129 to 16. The number of points he scored on his high school years were 4,167; which was a Mississippi record. The Pulitzer winner The Clarion- Ledger turned its attention to him, giving statewide recognition. Being named by the end of 2005 Mr Basketball. Now let’s continue with more interesting aspects of his biography.

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Rookie Career

The Oakland, California’s Golden State Warrior picked him in a National Basketball Association draft in 2005. By the end of that year he was able to score a three points shot in a game against the Phoenix Suns. He was then added to the starter lineup of the 2005-2006 National Basketball Association season. Two seasons later, he scored his first winning shot, made on the nick of time. That shot earned the Golden State Warrior a one point victory against the New Jersey Jets.

He could play for Rookie Challenge during the National Basketball Association’ All Stars Weekends. He was selected in 2007. By April of that year he received the Most Improved Player Award. This was given because of his noticeable change from an average of 6.8 to much better average of 16.5. During the first round of the 2007 Playoffs he was part of the Warriors rotation that won against the Dallas Mavericks. Then again, the team later lost 1 to 4 in a match with the Utah Jazz.


In the anniversary of his first winning shot history repeated itself. In a huge coincidence it also was against the then named New Jersey Nets. On February of 2008 he became the ninth guard to score 20 points per game in the league's history. In a single month he was able to score a 60 percent average. Perhaps was this ever betterment that earned him the recognition of the Western Conference Player of the Month, having this honor presented by assistant coach Sidney Moncrief.

He torn an ankle on the 26th of April of 2008 supposedly while training. He suffered this injury that led him to have surgical intervention. This procedure was positive. The version of the story later changed, it seems that he suffered an accident while riding a moped. Because of the surgery and the motives behind it, he was suspended for three months. Being able to make a comeback on January. There in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers he scored 20 points.

On the years that came he continued to get better at his game. Until in 2011 he scored the winning shot in a game with the Indiana Pacers. That jump was made with only six seconds left. He then was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, there he played from 2012 to 2013. The later year he scored another game winning point, that time against the Houston Rockets.

Later he signed a contract with the Dallas Maverick on July of 2013. He made a great debut on that team. The following year he was honored with the Western Conference Player of the Week. A teammate, Dirk Nowitzki, had received the same award a week earlier. They both helped the Dallas Mavericks to reach the eighth seed in the 2014 Playoffs. After losing in the first round, he kept the team on good terms with 20.4 points during seven games. On December of that same year he scored his highest score with the team in a game against the Chicago. This resulted on the Dallas Maverick victory.

After that he entered the Indiana Pacers in 2015, he is currently playing in that team.

Personal Life

He met his now wife, Juanika Amos Ellis, in her hometown, Memphis, Tennessee. That was in 2006, merely four years later they got married. The ceremony was celebrated at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. The couple had two kids, a son and a daughter. On twitter there are two accounts about this basketball player. One seems to be his own. While the other looks like an exclusive news coverage of the player.

Quick Facts
Net Worth 2021: 31 million
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Last Modified: Jun 27 2020
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