Monta Ellis takes a lot of heat for
allegedly taking bad shots. The new Dallas Maverick was asked about his “bad shot selection” during media day and he answered a little differently than you would have expected.
Do we really know what “Monta-ball” really is? Well, if it’s 41.6 percent from the field and 28.7 from three-point area, the latter has to improve, right? Las season Ellis averaged a little over 19 points per game on a little over 17 shot attempts per game. For a defense, that’s exactly the type of numbers you want to see.
Interestingly enough, the majority of Ellis’ baskets come from unassisted shots. Perhaps the key to getting Ellis away from shooting those “bad” shots is getting the ball out of his hands, from time to time, and with Jose Calderon on-board, that could very well be the Mavericks approach.
Maybe if the Mavs can put Ellis is situations where he’s comfortable (slashing towards the basket) rather than shooting 23-foot jumpers, he could drop that “bad” shooter label. Maybe.
But with that bad comes the good. The thing with Ellis is that he can compete. He’s not just a bad shot shooter that continues to miss. He’s a player and he is a streaky shooter. When Ellis is off, he’s really off. But when he’s on, he’s like NBA Jam FIRE.
Mavs fans need to embrace Ellis-ball. After all, it might be the difference between a playoff berth and another Draft Lottery appearance.