Old Team: Milwaukee Bucks
New Team: Dallas Mavericks
Best Case Scenario: Head Coach Rick Carlisle finds a way to transition Ellis’ mindset from “score-first” to a playmaker. Ellis has averaged at least five assists per season since 2009-2010, and will bump up his assist average to somewhere between six and seven. Even if he’s declining, Dirk Nowitzki is the best player Monta Ellis has ever played with. The former Milwaukee Buck will fall in love with Nowitzki’s pick-and-pop game and look for his shot less. Accompanied by his new style of less shooting and more playmaking, Ellis helps lead the Mavericks to a playoff appearance.
Worst Case Scenario: Dirk Nowitzki is injured for an extended part of the season, and Ellis becomes the number one option on offense. Not that Ellis won’t relish the role, he will, yet an offense revolved around a bad shot taker that is lacking another alternative scorer is never good. With Nowitzki out, and Monta at the helm, the Mavericks miss the playoffs and are a lottery team.
What Will Really Happen: Barring team injuries, Monta Ellis will be second in points and assists per game for the Mavericks. He will buy into Carlisle’s system, and be a key contributor to a Mavericks playoff appearance. Ellis will shooting stats will benefit tremendously from playing next to Nowitzki.