Monta Ellis is a professional basketball player from the USA and plays as a point guard or a shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors. Ellis went to the Lanier High School and in 2005, was named as the Parade Magazine High School Player of the Year. He was also named to the USA Today All-American team. Although Ellis had already committed to the Mississippi State University, he decided to leave college and join the NBA instead.
Ellis had a great time at High School basketball and with 28.9 points per game, 4.9 assists per game as well as 3.1 steals per game, he was confident of jumping straight into the NBA. In his final year, Ellis was shooting at an incredible 38.4 points per game while his other numbers had also jumped up. Ellis led Lanier High School to a 129-16 win-loss record in four seasons, winning the 4A state championships in 2002 and 2005 as well as runners-up trophies in 2003 and 2004. His prep school scoring was almost off the charts as he became the second highest all-time leading scorer in Mississippi with 4,167 points. He was named to the first team all-state in all four seasons and was also called “Mr. Basketball” by Clarion Ledger in 2005.
In the 2005 NBA Draft, Ellis was picked in round 2 of the draft, at 40th overall by the Golden State Warriors. Towards the end of the season, he got his first chance to play. With few opportunities, it was said that Ellis would be a key player during the summer league however, a knee injury kept him out of the summer league in 2006.Ellis had a much better second year and in 2007, the Warriors offered him a new contract.
Ellis was soon amongst the best of the Warriors’ on court. In 2008, they offered him a 6-year, $67 million contract to become the highest paid player on the team. He became the ninth guard to have a 60% shooting percentage at least.
Ellis began 2008-09 with an injury after he tore his left ankle’s ligament. He had a surgery but when it was found that the injury was due to a low speed moped accident, Ellis was suspended for 30 games. Ellis returned after recovering from the injury and the suspension, only in December where he scored 20 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers.