Monta Ellis was a fan favorite with the Golden State Warriors. He made losing seasons interesting with his aggressive style of play, and, well, he carried the team.
The super-scorer said that he had to do “60 percent of everything” with the Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks. In other words, he carried the team. Simple enough.
And the stats can confirm that Ellis had the ball in his hands a lot during his tenure with the Warriors. From 2009 to part of 2012 (Ellis’ last three seasons in Golden State), he had USG% (Usage Percentages) bordering 30 percent. That put him among the league’s leaders in that department. Before, his usage percentage sat in the mid-20 percent range, but that’s when the Warriors had a few more veterans on the roster.
Ellis went on to basically say that he didn’t enjoy his time in Milwaukee, with a bit more fluff. But the Warriors didn’t come up in that part of the conversation.