DRAFTED: Selected by Minnesota with the 28th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
HOW ACQUIRED: The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Ellington along with forward/center Marreese Speights, guard Josh Selby and a future first round draft pick from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for forward Jon Leuer on January 22, 2013.
2011-12 SEASON: Completed his third professional season averaging 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists on .404 shooting in a career-high 19.1 minutes in 51 games (four starts) for the Minnesota Timberwolves… Shot .324 from three-point range… Scored 10-plus points 16 times, including a season-high 17 points on March 25, 2012 vs. Denver and April 4, 2012 vs. Golden State… Also hauled in a career-high tying seven rebounds on April 4, 2012 vs. Golden State… DNP (Coach’s Decision) 13 times… Missed two games from April 11-12, 2012 due to back spasms.
NBA CAREER: The three-year veteran holds career averages of 6.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists on .412 shooting in 18.7 minutes in 189 games (13 starts) with the Minnesota Timberwolves… Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round (28th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft after being named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 NCAA Tournament as a member of the 2009 NCAA National Champion North Carolina Tarheels… 2010-11 (Minnesota): Posted 6.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists on .403 shooting in 19.0 minutes in 62 games (eight starts)… Shot a career-high .397 from three-point range… Set a career high with 18 points on Feb. 8, 2011 at Houston and equaled that mark on Feb. 16, 2011 vs. LA Clippers… Recorded a career-high five assists on Feb. 14, 2011 vs. Portland and tied a career high with seven rebounds on Jan. 13 vs. Washington… 2009-10 (Minnesota): Recorded 6.6 points in 18.2 minutes in 76 games (one start) during his rookie season… Established career highs for rebounding (2.1), field goal percentage (.424) and free throw percentage (.871)…Totaled seven points in 17 minutes in his first career start on Nov. 9, 2009 at Golden State… Tallied a career-high tying seven rebounds on Dec. 23, 2009 at New Jersey.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: The early-entry candidate was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round (28th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft on June 25, 2009… Signed a multi-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves on July 10, 2009… Traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Memphis Grizzlies for Dante Cunningham on July 24, 2012.
COLLEGE NOTES: Named Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 Final Four after leading UNC to national title… Earned All-ACC Tournament honors in each of his three collegiate seasons… Scored in double figures in 95 of 115 games, including 30 or more points twice… Finished his career ranked second in UNC history with 229 three-pointers… 2008-09: Led UNC with 85 three-pointers, the fifth-best single-season total in school history… Hit at least two three-pointers in 25 of 38 games… Ranked third in the ACC in three-point percentage (.417), sixth in three-pointers per game (2.2), eighth in field goal percentage (.483) and 13th in scoring (15.8 ppg)… Made a career-high seven three-pointers, scoring all 23 of his points in the second half vs. Miami on Jan. 17… Had 25 points, a career-high seven assists and six rebounds vs. Clemson on Jan. 21… Scored a season-high 34 points and grabbed nine boards vs. Maryland on Feb. 3… In ACC Tournament, had 16 points and four assists in win over Virginia, and 24 points and three assists vs. Florida State… Set a Final Four record for three-point percentage (.800), going 8-for-10 in two games… 2007-08: Averaged 16.6 points (ranked seventh in the ACC), 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists… Scored 20 or more points nine times… Exploded for career-high 36 points on 11-for-19 shooting, including 5-for-8 from the three-point line and a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line, and hit the game-winning shot in a come-from-behind OT win at Clemson on Jan. 6… Hit five threes on his way to 28 points in the rematch on Feb. 10… Shot 10-for-13 from the field in scoring 24 points vs. Clemson in the title game of the ACC Tournament on Mar. 16… Earned All-East Regional honors for his play in the NCAA Tournament… 2006-07: Averaged 11.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists… Posted a season-high 19 points twice…Tallied 17 points, five rebounds and a then-career-high six assists at Maryland on Feb. 25… Scored a team-high 18 points vs. Florida State in first round of the ACC Tournament… Contributed 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting vs. NC State in the title game… Registered 12 points, six rebounds and five assists vs. Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament… Scored 12 points vs. USC in the Sweet Sixteen.