Apr 21, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks point guard Monta Ellis (center) drives to the basket as Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (right) and Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (left) defend in the first half during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: Monta Ellis Says He Had to Do "60 Percent of Everything"

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 topic of carrying a team came up late this past week, when Ellis talked about his potential role with the Dallas Mavericks, who signed him this offseason to a three-year, $25 million contract.

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.

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  • methuselah46

    Monta may have had to do 60% of the offense, but that never quite made up for the negative 20% he contributed on defense.

  • Federico Rocha

    I think the issue I have with the comment is the phrase ‘had to do’ and the word ‘everything’.

    He was the one who said that he and Curry could not play in the same backcourt. So while he dominated the ball on offense I think he needs to realize that’s WHY he was traded. The Warriors wanted Steph to be the distributor but Monta, while exciting is a black hole on offense. In his own way he just admitted that…it’s not something to brag about. When he was traded we had Curry, Thompson and Lee on the roster so you can’t say body else could score the ball.

    The problem with the word ‘everything’ should be obvious. Uh, there are two sides of the court…offense and DEFENSE. Nobody will accuse Monta of shouldering too much defensive load.

    I like Monta a lot. Watched him grow out of high school, take his lumps with the moped accident and take his trade from the Dubs with class. Still, he would do well to admit to himself at least that he doesn’t need to dominate the ball on offense.

  • Alec Safreno

    Before Curry came to the team, Monta was handed the keys to the Warriors and Nellie stopped paying attention as long as he could get to his 1335 win. Monta did do everything. But he never left his role and shouldered a team. He’s a sixth man playing starter minutes, back then he’s a sixth man given the role as the number one option. Imagine if the Knicks had no one else be JR Smith, would you really want him to chuck as much as he does? They’re sixth men because thats the only way for coaches to control their shots.