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If there was any doubt that Monta Ellis was a superstar going into the 2010-11 season, there shouldnt be any more. The Warriors second longest tenured player entered his sixth NBA campaign as the teams unquestioned leader, and he upheld that responsibility admirably. Throughout an up and down season for the Warriors, Ellis provided consistent production that garnered him All-Star consideration, but alas, no All-Star selection, despite the fact that he was the only NBA player to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.00 steals per game. Check out an exclusive interview with the Warriors guard along with some of his top highlights of the season in the video below:
Ellis enjoyed his finest NBA season to date in 2010-11, and he had the numbers to back it up. He ranked eighth in the NBA in scoring (24.1 ppg), first in minutes (40.3 mpg), third in steals (2.10 spg) and 22nd in assists (5.6 apg). It was a season full of highlights for Ellis, and one of his top moments was when he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played December 20-26. During that three-game stretch in which the Warriors went 2-1, Ellis averaged 39.7 points, 7.0 assists and 3.00 steals, scoring 35-plus in each contest.
In addition to putting up impressive numbers Ellis matched a career-high with 46 points in an Opening Night win over Houston and scored at least 20 points in a half an NBA-leading 19 times he also established a reputation as a closer. In back-to-back games in January, Ellis knocked down game-changing jump shots as time expired in regulation. The first shot beat the Pacers on January 19 and his shot two days later from nearly the exact same spot on the floor forced overtime against the Kings in a game that the Warriors would eventually win.
For more on Ellis fantastic 2010-11 season, check out these impressive notes:
NOTES & NUMBERS
Ranked eighth in NBA in scoring (24.1 ppg), first in minutes (40.3 mpg), third in steals (2.10 spg) and 22nd in assists (5.6 apg)
Tied for the second-highest field goal percentage (.451) of any guard in the NBAs top 20 in scoring, trailing only Dwyane Wade (.500)
Scored 20 points in a half 19 times in 2010-11, which tied Dwyane Wade for most in the NBA
His 46-point game vs. Houston on October 27 was the fourth highest scoring output in a regulation NBA game this season
Scored 30-plus points 21 times this season, which was eighth most in the NBA
One of only five NBA players who averaged at least 20.0 points and 5.0 assists, joining Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams
Averaged greater 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 back-to-back years since the team moved West in 1962
Named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played 12/20 - 12/26, when he helped Warriors to 2-1 record by averaging 39.7 points, 7.0 assists and 3.00 steals per contest
Played 3,227 minutes, the most by any Warriors player since Antawn Jamison recorded 3,394 minutes in 2000-01
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