High School: Lanier HS (Jackson, MS)
Years Pro: 6 years
Drafted: By the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft (40th overall)
round of the 2005 NBA Draft (36th overall)
PERSONAL ... First name is pronounced MON-tay ... the son of Rosa Ellis ... he and his wife, Juanika, have one son, Monta Jr., and one daughter, Myla ... in the summer of 2010, launched the "ME8 Foundation" to assist families and children in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Bay Area ... named co-winner of the 2010-11 Golden State Warriors Foundation Community Service Award, which is given annually to the Warriors player who best exemplifies the spirit of community service through their outstanding commitment of time, service and financial support to children and families ... sponsored two Feed The Children events, in which he helped distribute food to more than 1,200 local families in need ... also took part a special Season of Giving Holiday Party for 20 kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their families at the practice facility, which for the day was morphed into a giant playground with numerous kids activities ... 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 ... for the past five seasons, purchased 25 tickets to every home game and donated those tickets to various children's groups who attended games in the Monta's Mob seating section ... 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 fellow NBA player Maurice Williams to host the Mississippi Celebrity Basketball Game at Jackson State University.
2012-13 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS Averaged a team-high 19.4 points to go with 3.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.1 steals in 37.8 minutes per game … played in all 82 games for the first time in his career, and was the only Buck to accomplish the feat in 2012-13 … finished the season ranked 10th in the NBA in scoring, 20th in assists and fourth in steals … led the Bucks in scoring 33 times, in assists 39 times and in steals 36 times … scored in double figures in 73 of his 82 games, including 37 20-points outings and nine games with 30+ … named Eastern Conference Player of the Week two times (for weeks ending March 4 and Dec. 30) … posted a league-leading 11 games with 5+ steals, giving him 34 such games in his career (tied with Kobe Bryant for fifth-most among active players) … poured in a season-high 39 points on March 17 vs. Orlando – the high game by a Buck on the season … scored 33 of his 39 points vs. Orlando in the second half, including 25 in the fourth quarter – a mark that stood as the high quarter across the league for the season … handed out a career-high 17 assists at Atlanta on April 12 … hit a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired on Feb. 27 at Houston.
2011-12 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS Appeared in 58 games split between Milwaukee and Golden State, averaging 20.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.47 steals per game ... finished the season ranked 11th in the NBA in scoring, 14th in assists, 14th in steals and 11th in minutes (36.6 mpg) ... scored in double figures in 54 of his 58 games, topping 20 points 28 times and scoring 30+ 13 times (including one 40-point game) ... reached double figures in assists six times, posting five point/assist double-doubles ... averaged 21.9 points in 37 games for the Warriors ... scored a career-high 48 points on 18-of-29 shooting on 2/7 vs. Oklahoma City ... hit the game-winning shot with one second remaining in Golden State's win at Phoenix on 2/22 ... named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played 3/3-11 after averaging 20.5 points, 7.5 assists and 2.0 steals in leading the Warriors to a 3-1 week ... traded to Milwaukee on 3/14 ... averaged 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 21 games for Milwaukee ... made his Bucks debut against his former team on 3/16, tallying 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals ... scored the final 16 points for the Bucks in a win vs. Cleveland on 4/4, going 8-for-8 in the last four minutes ... led the Bucks in scoring six times and in assists 12 times ... sat out the final two games of the season with a right hand injury.
PRO CAREER ... Selected by Golden State in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft (40th overall) … re-signed by Golden State as a restricted free agent on July 24, 2008 … named the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2006-07 … the first player ever drafted by the Warriors directly from an American high school ... 2010-11: Appeared in 80 games (career-high 80 starts), averaging 24.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, career-high 5.6 assists and 2.10 steals in 40.3 minutes per contest ... among NBA leaders, ranked 1st in minutes, 3rd in steals, 8th in scoring and 22nd in assists – leading the league in minutes played and finishing in the league's top-10 in scoring (6th in 2009-10) and top-5 in steals (2nd in 2009-10) for the second consecutive season ... one of only five players in the NBA to average at least 20.0 points and 5.0 assists (joining Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams) ... the only player in the NBA to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.00 steals ... averaged more than 24.0 points and 5.0 assists for the second consecutive season, joining Rick Barry (1973-74 & 1974-75) as the only Warriors players to do so in back-to-back years since the team moved West in 1962 ... became the first Warrior to average 24+ points in consecutive seasons since Chris Mullin did so in five-straight seasons from 1988-89 thru 1992-93 ... scored 40-or-more points four times, which trailed only Kevin Durant's five 40-plus efforts ... tallied 46 points vs. Houston on Opening Night, which marked the most points by any NBA player in a season lid-lifter since Michael Jordan's 54 vs. Cleveland on 11/3/89 ... it also marked the most points by a Warrior on Opening Night since Wilt Chamberlain posted 56 on 10/23/62 ... named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played 12/20-26, when he helped Warriors to 2-1 record by averaging 39.7 points, 7.0 assists and 3.00 steals per contest – scoring 35-plus points in three-straight games for the first time in his career ... scored 30-or-more points 21 times, marking his second-straight year with at least 20 games of 30-points or more ... became the first Warrior to score 30+ points 20 times in consecutive seasons since Chris Mullin did so four-straight years from 1987-88 to 1990-91 ... recorded 10 double-doubles (nine point/assist), including three-straight point/assist double-doubles from 3/25-29, marking the first three-game streak of his career ... connected on a career-high 137 three-point field goals in 80 games after making 164 threes in the first 296 games of his career combined ... played 3,227 minutes, the most by any Warriors player since Antawn Jamison recorded 3,394 minutes in 2000-01 ... missed the final two games of the season with a Grade 2 concussion, which was suffered in the fourth quarter vs. Sacramento on 4/10 … 2009-10: Appeared in 64 games (all starts), averaging career-high figures in scoring (25.5), 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 Warriors player 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 (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-point plateau more frequently ... scored 40-plus points three times, including twice during a three-game stretch between from 11/25–30 (42 at San Antonio and 45 vs. Indiana) ... 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 (point/assist) for the first time in his career on 3/15 vs. L.A. Lakers and 3/17 vs. New Orleans ... recorded six double-doubles overall (including one point/rebound) ... 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: 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 ... 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 an overtime victory vs. Sacramento on 4/1 ... scored 20-plus points 11 times ... missed 57 games overall due to injury ... 2007-08: Appeared in 81 games (72 starts), averaging 20.2 points (25th in NBA), 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 ... scored 20+ points 41 times and 30+ points 12 times … 2006-07: 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 ... 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 ... recorded his first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds at Indiana on 2/5 ... hit game-winning, buzzer-beating jumper in 110-109 victory over New Jersey on 1/24 ... registered a then-career-high 31 points three times, including back-to-back games on 11/18 & 11/20 ... 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 ... 2005-06: 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 vs. Phoenix (4/14) and tallied 12 points in 35 minutes ... made NBA debut at Phoenix (11/12), logging two assists in five minutes.
PLAYOFF HISTORY ... (11 games, 6 starts) ... 2007: 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).
HIGH SCHOOL ... 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-American Team … named National Co-Player of the Year by PARADE Magazine as a senior … 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 … his teams compiled a record of 129-16, appeared in four consecutive state championship finals and captured two state titles (2002 & 2005) … named Mr. Basketball in 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, the most points ever scored against the perennial powerhouse.