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Monta Ellis added to his All-Star credentials on Wednesday with 36 points and a game-winning shot. (VOTE NOW!) (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
The numbers are there (25.9 points (3rd in NBA), 5.6 assists (1st among NBA shooting guards), 2.27 steals (3rd in NBA), 40.9 minutes (1st in NBA)), the Warriors are starting to win on a consistent basis – nine wins in the last 14 games – and there is no question that he’s the main cog in this recent run of success. Monta Ellis hasn't missed a game all season. He comes ready to play every night and as a result, his critics are starting to run out of excuses to leave him out of the list of elite guards in the NBA.
“Absolutely, he is a fantastic player,” Kobe Bryant said following the Warriors-Lakers game on January 12. “He can shoot the ball well, which is something he’s really improved on. He can get to the rim, obviously, and he has a mid-range game as well.”
In addition to drawing the praise of his peers, Ellis is also the source of constant headaches on the opposing sidelines. Listen to what NBA coaches had to say about the Warriors guard in the audio players below:
Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson On Monta Ellis - 1/12/11
Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra On Monta Ellis - 1/12/11
While the numbers are impressive – he ranks first in the NBA in games with 35-plus points (9) and 40-plus points (3) this season and shoots at a very efficient 47.4 percent from the field (second only to Dwyane Wade among guards in the top 20 in scoring) and 39.4 percent from three-point range – the words of players and coaches throughout the league might make for the best case yet for Monta Ellis to be a 2010-11 All-Star.
“If he’s not an All-Star this year, then we need to re-do the process,” David Lee said after Wednesday’s game, the one in which Ellis capped a 36-point night against the Pacers with his game-winning shot.
Find out what other Warriors had to say about Ellis' All-Star credentials in the video below:
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