NBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Was selected by Golden State in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft (40th overall) … Was named NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2006-07 … Is the first American high school player drafted by Golden State … Was one of 10 high school players selected in the 2005 NBA Draft … Enters 2010-11 owning career averages of 18.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.59 steals in 34.2 minutes (296 regular-season games in five seasons with Golden State).
2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS WITH GOLDEN STATE: Appeared in 64 games (all starts), averaging career-high figures in scoring (25.5), assists (5.3), steals (2.23) and minutes played (41.4) … Among NBA leaders, ranked 6th in the NBA in scoring (25.5), 2nd in steals (2.23) and 1st in minutes per game (41.4) … Became the first Golden State player to average at least 25.0 points since Chris Mullin in 1992-93 and the first to average 25.5 points and 5.0 assists since Mullin in 1988-89 … Only three other NBA players averaged at least 25.0 points and 5.0 assists in 2009-10 (LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade) … Became one of only seven NBA players in the last 10 years to average at least 25.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds, joining Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, Gilbert Arenas, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tracy McGrady … Scored 30-plus points on 24 occasions ... Only five NBA players (Durant, James, Anthony, Bryant and Wade) reached the 30-plus points plateau more frequently … Scored 40-plus points three times, including twice during a three-game stretch 11/25 – 11/30 (42 at San Antonio and 45 vs. Indiana) … Scored a career-high 46 points (17-23 FGs) at Dallas (2/3) … Handed out a career-high-tying 13 assists vs. New Orleans (3/17), one of five double-figure assist outings … Registered back-to-back double-doubles (points/assists) for the first time in his career on 3/15 vs. L.A. Lakers and 3/17 vs. New Orleans (13 points/11 assists and 28 points/13 assists, respectively) … Recorded six double-doubles overall (including one of the point/rebound variety) … Converted a career-best 77 three-pointers, nearly doubling his previous career-best (39 in 2006-07) … Had a career-high-tying six steals vs. Portland (11/20); had five-or-more steals on eight occasions … Played all 48 minutes on 12 occasions and 53 minutes once (1/20 vs. Denver) … Became the first NBA player to play every minute in at least 13 games in a single season since Gary Payton in 1999-00 … Missed 18 games due to injury/illness.
2008-09 HIGHLIGHTS WITH GOLDEN STATE: Appeared in 25 games (all starts), averaging 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.56 steals in 35.7 minutes...Missed the first 43 games of the year due to left ankle injury sustained on August 21, 2008, and subsequent surgery...Over his final 11 games, averaged 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 48.0% (115-238 FG) from the field...Posted a then-career-high 42 points (16-35 FG, 10-12 FT) along with nine rebounds and nine assists in overtime victory vs. Sacramento (4/1) in final appearance of 2008-09 season...Scored 20-plus points 11 times...40-plus points once...Registered one double-double (29 points & 11 rebounds on 3/13 vs. Dallas)...Two-plus steals eight times (five steals twice)...Missed 57 games overall due to injury.
2007-08 HIGHLIGHTS WITH GOLDEN STATE: Appeared in 81 games (72 starts), averaging then-career-high 20.2 points (25th in NBA), career-high 5.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.53 steals (15th in NBA) in 37.9 minutes (18th in NBA)...Shot 60.2% (106-176 FG) from the field during the month of February, becoming just the ninth guard in NBA history to shoot above 60.0% from the field during a single month (minimum 10 games and 150 FGA)...Other guards to accomplish the feat include: Fred Brown, Brad Davis, Sidney Moncrief, Earl Monroe, Steve Nash, Jim Paxson, Rickey Pierce (twice) and John Stockton (twice)...Became first player selected in the second round (#40 overall) to average over 20 points in his third season since Drazen Petrovic averaged 20.6 points in 1991-92...Netted then-career-high 39 points, including then-career-high 13 free-throw makes (13-14 FT), vs. New Jersey (1/24)...Double-double with 22 points and career-high 12 rebounds, season-high tying seven assists and season-high five steals in 48 minutes vs. Orlando (12/3)...20-plus points 41 times...30-plus points 12 times...Grabbed 10-plus rebounds five times...Five point/rebound double-doubles.
2006-07 HIGHLIGHTS WITH GOLDEN STATE:
Appeared in 77 games (53 starts), averaging 16.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.71 steals (8th in NBA) in 34.3 minutes...Was named NBA’s Most Improved Player after increasing scoring average by 9.7 points per game over his rookie season (up from 6.8)...His points per game improvement was the largest in the NBA amongst players who appeared in at least 41 games in both seasons...Also increased his field goal percentage from .415 as a rookie to .475 in 2006-07...Double-double with 17 points and career-high 13 assists, to go along with five steals, at L.A. Clippers (2/24)...First career double-double 21 points and then-career-high 10 rebounds at Indiana (2/5)...Hit game-wining, buzzer-beating jumper in 110-109 victory over New Jersey (1/24)...Finished contest with 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 39 minutes...Registered then-career-high 31 points three times, including back-to-back games on 11/18 & 11/20...On 11/18 vs. Seattle, tallied 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 43 minutes to mark first career 30-plus effort...In next game on 11/20 vs. Phoenix, had 31 points and seven assists in 44 minutes, including highlight reel dunk over Leandro Barbosa...Participated in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on All-Star Saturday in Las Vegas (2/16), registering 28 points in 21 minutes to help Sophomore squad to a 155-114 victory over the Rookies...Missed five games due to injury.
2007 NBA PLAYOFFS:
In 11 games during the 2007 NBA Playoffs (six starts), averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game...Registered playoff career-high with 20 points in Game 2 of First Round series at Dallas (4/25).
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS WITH GOLDEN STATE:
Among NBA rookies, ranked 16th in scoring (6.8 ppg), 11th in assists (1.6 apg) and 9th in three-point percentage (.341)...Appeared in 46 of final 51 games after appearing in just three of team’s first 31 games...In 30 games when playing 15-or-more minutes, averaged 9.3 points -- including 13.1 points per contest in 16 games when playing 20-or-more minutes...Finished the season strong, averaging 11.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 25.0 minutes over the final 17 games...Of the seven high school players taken in the 2005 NBA Draft that appeared in at least 20 games, ranked first in points per game (edging Portland’s Martell Webster, 6.6 ppg)...Made first career start on 4/14 vs. Phoenix and tallied 12 points in 35 minutes...Made NBA debut at Phoenix (11/12), logging two assists in five minutes...DNP-CD 22 times...Was on the inactive list for 10 games.
HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS:
Was an early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft out of Lanier High School in Jackson, MS...In four seasons at Lanier, averaged 28.7 points per game and racked up 4,167 total points -- second all-time in Mississippi history and tops among big-school players (5A and 4A)...Named to 2005 McDonald’s All-America Team...Named National Co-Player of the Year by PARADE Magazine as a senior...Was a four-time All-State selection, becoming the first player in state history to earn the honor four times...Became the Jackson Public Schools’ all-time leading scorer, surpassing Othella Harrington...While at Lanier, his teams compiled a record of 129-16, appearing in four consecutive state championship finals and capturing two state titles (2002 & 2005)...Was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Mississippi following senior season in which he averaged 38.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.5 steals per game and led his team to a 35-2 record and the Class 4A state championship...Tallied career-high 72 points in a 117-56 victory over Greenwood...Scored 42 points against Oak Hill Academy, which at the time was ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, marking the most points ever scored against the perennial powerhouse...On the postseason All-Star circuit following senior year, tallied eight points and two assists in the McDonald’s High School All-America game.
First name is pronounced MON-tay...Is the son of Rosa Ellis ... Became Married this past summer and is the father of one son, Monta Jr., who was born in the Summer of 2009 ... Launched the “ME8 Foundation” to assists families and children in Jackson, MS and the Bay Area during the summer of 2010 ... Has been an active partipant in the Warriors’ community outreach efforts during his first five seasons in the NBA ... In 2008-09, joined teammate Andris Biedrins to help unveil a newly refurbished basketball court at the Leonard J. Meltzer Boys & Girls Club in Oakland as part of Toyota Project Rebound ... In recent years, has adopted a local family and hosted a holiday party at which he surprised the family with Christmas gifts as part of the team’s Season of Giving ... Other community outreach efforts include participation in a Habitat for Humanity Home Build and the Nicolas Colby Fund Basketball Clinic, the Warriors Thanksgiving Food Serving event, as well as many season ticket holder and corporate partner events, including a special autograph signing session at a local Verizon Wireless store ... For the past three seasons, has purchased and donated tickets to every home game to various children’s groups...Has served as a coach for the NBA Entertainment League Celebrity Charity Game and made several appearances at Warriors Basketball Camp sessions ... In the summer of 2008, joined forces with with fellow NBA player Maurice Williams to host the Mississippi Celebrity Basketball Game at Jackson State University.