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Los Angeles Lakers | #2 | Guard

Wayne

Ellington

PPG

6.7

RPG

1.8

APG

0.7

PIE

6.4

6'4" | 207lb | 34 years

Player Bio

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

2015-16 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winner ... Has appeared in 727 career NBA games (197 starts) for the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Lakers, Nets, HEAT, Knicks and Pistons .... Owns career averages of 8.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 21.0 minutes ... Shot 38.2 percent (1132-2964) from three-point range ... Scored in double figures in 266 games, including 33 games with 20+ points and one 30-point contest ... Made multiple three-pointers in 291 games, including 51 games with 5+ triples and a career-high eight three-pointers three times ... Tallied one double-double ... Playoffs: Has appeared in 11 playoff games (four starts) for Dallas, Miami and Detroit, averaging 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes ... Shot 36.2 percent (21-58) from three-point range ... Scored in double figures three times ... Made multiple three-pointers in seven games ... Career Transactions: Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 28th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft ... Acquired by the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Dante Cunningham on July 24, 2012 ... Acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Josh Selby, Marreese Speights and a first-round pick in exchange for Jon Leuer on January 22, 2013 ... Signed as a free agent with the Dallas Mavericks on July 10, 2013 ... Acquired by the New York Knicks along with Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and two second-round picks in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton on June 25, 2014 ... Acquired by the Sacramento Kings along with Jeremy Tyler in exchange for Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw on August 6, 2014 ... Waived by the Kings on September 3, 2014 ... Signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 22, 2014 ... Signed with the Brooklyn Nets on July 10, 2015 ... Signed with the Miami HEAT on July 11, 2016 ... Re-signed with the HEAT on July 13, 2018 ... Acquired by the Phoenix Suns along with Tyler Johnson in exchange for Ryan Anderson on February 6, 2019 ... Waived by the Suns on February 7, 2019 ... Signed with the Detroit Pistons on February 9, 2019 ... Signed as a free agent with the New York Knicks on July 8, 2019 ... Signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on December 1, 2020 ... Signed as a free agent with the Lakers on August 6, 2021

BEFORE NBA

NCAA Champion (2009) ... 2009 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player ... 2009 NCAA All-Tournament Team ... 2007-08 All-ACC Second Team ... Appeared in 115 games (112 starts), averaging 14.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28.5 minutes ... Shot 39.7 percent (229-577) from three-point range ... Scored in double figures in 93 games, including 17 games with 20+ points and two 30-point games ... Made multiple three-pointers in 68 games, including seven games with 5+ triples ... Tallied one double-double ... 2008-09 (North Carolina): NCAA Champion ... NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player ... NCAA All-Tournament Team ... Appeared in 38 games (37 starts), averaging 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 30.4 minutes ... Shot 41.7 percent (85-204) from three-point range ... Scored in double figures in 34 games, including eight games with 20+ and one 30-point game ... Made multiple three-pointers in 25 games, including three games with 5+ triples ... Tallied one double-double ... Had 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and one steal on 2/15 at Miami ... Scored a season-best 34 points (7-9 3FG) with nine rebounds and one steal on 2/3 vs. Maryland ... Had 23 points (7-11 3FG), four rebounds and three assists on 1/17 vs. Miami ... 2007-08 (North Carolina): All-ACC Second Team ... Appeared in 39 games (38 starts), averaging 16.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.1 minutes ... Shot 40 percent (78-195) from three-point range ... Scored in double figures in 34 games, including nine games with 20+ points and one 30-point game ... Made multiple three-pointers in 23 games, including three games with five triples ... Scored a career-high 36 points with two rebounds and one steal on 1/6 at Clemson ... 2006-07 (North Carolina): Appeared in 38 games (37 starts), averaging 11.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 23.9 minutes ... Shot 37.1 percent (66-178) from three-point range ... Scored in double figures in 25 games ... Made multiple three-pointers in 20 games ... Tallied 17 points (5-6 3FG), two rebounds, two assists and one steal on 12/28 vs. Rutgers ... Had 19 points, one rebound, one assist and two steals on 11/29 vs. Ohio State ... Finished with 19 points, four rebounds and two steals on 11/19 vs. Gardner-Webb ... Made his collegiate debut on 11/14 vs. Sacred Heart, finishing with 10 points and one assist in 24 minutes

PERSONAL LIFE

Full name is Wayne Robert Ellington, Jr. ... Is married to Safiya ... Has two older sisters, Ericka Ellington and Alexi Rae Ellington Webb ... Lists his parents and his high school and college coaches as people that made a difference in his life ... Majored in communications at North Carolina...Is very active in causes that aim to curb gun violence ... Was part of WPLG-TV’s Town Hall Meeting on Sept. 16, 2016 encouraging mentoring and ways to curb gun violence ... Was part of a rollout of the Sandy Hook Promise, the nation’s leading gun violence prevention program, at John A. Ferguson High School in Miami on Sept. 19, 2016 ... Hosted the first Philadelphia Peace Games, along with Connor Sports, on Aug. 20, 2016 at Girard College after being moved emotionally after attending the Chicago Peace Games in 2015 ... The goal of the Philadelphia Peace Games was to bring at-risk youth and young adults together while emphasizing gun violence prevention and advocacy ... The Philadelphia Peace Games were part of his “Power of W.E.” initiative, a campaign focused on the reduction of youth violence in Philadelphia communities through partnerships with existing gun violence prevention organizations and the City of Philadelphia ... He created the initiative in his father’s honor, with W.E. representing the late Wayne Ellington Sr.’s initials ... The “Power of W.E.” features strategic programming, with the purpose of uniting victims and sharing the message that “W.E.” as a community can work in unison to create change on a local and national level ... Became the first NBA player to collaborate with the U.S. Department of State and participate in the first-ever NBA/WNBA Sports Envoy Program in Cambodia from July 11-17, 2016 where he met with the Ambassador, Cambodian National Teams and conducted Jr. NBA basketball clinics ... Participated in Peace Day Philly in 2015 and marched with students from Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice to commemorate International Day of Peace ... Has held his Make It Wayne Tournament in Pottstown, PA during the 2015, 2016 and 2018 summers ... Participated in the Seeds of Peace International Camp in the summer of 2009, working with Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, Jordanian and American youth to stress leadership and conflict resolution skills that apply on and off the court ... Lists his NCAA Championship rings as his most prized possession ... When his playing career is over he would like to be involved in a business or real estate or possibly broadcasting ... In his free time he enjoys being with friends and family, bowling, traveling and playing golf ... His favorite sport other than basketball is football and his favorite team is his hometown Philadelphia Eagles ... Was a teammate of former 76ers guard Gerald Henderson at The Episcopal Academy...Was a McDonald’s and Parade All-American at The Episcopal Academy ... Won the 3-point contest at the 2006 McDonald’s All-American Game ... Led his high school to a 27-4 record his senior year and a 25-3 mark as a junior ... Was a two-year letterman on his high school track team (high, triple and long jumps) ... Originally attended Daniel Boone High School in Reading, PA for one year ... Wears size 12.5 sneakers