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Selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves…signed by the Timberwolves on July 9, 2009…traded by Minnesota to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Dante Cunningham on July 24, 2012…traded by Memphis to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Josh Shelby, Marreese Speights and a future first-round draft pick in exchange for Jon Leuer on Jan. 22, 2013…signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on July 26, 2013…traded by Dallas to the New York Knicks along with Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and two 2014 second-round draft picks in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton on June 25, 2014…traded by the Knicks to the Sacramento Kings along with Jeremy Tyler and New York’s 2016 second-round draft pick in exchange for Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw on Aug. 6, 2014…waived by the Kings on Sept. 3, 2014…signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers on Sept. 22, 2014…signed as a free agent with the Brooklyn Nets on July 10, 2015…signed as a free agent with the HEAT on July 10, 2016…re-signed with the HEAT on July 13, 2018. PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
Has appeared in 592 NBA regular season games (127 starts) during his nine-year career and has averaged 8.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 21.0 minutes while shooting 41.1 percent from the floor, 38.1 percent from three-point range and 85.1 percent from the foul line…has missed 46 games due to injury/illness, 70 games as a DNP-CD, six games as a healthy scratch on the inactive list and six games due to personal reasons…is a one-time recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award…has scored in double figures on 213 occasions, including 23 games with at least 20 points and one 30-point effort…his career high for consecutive double-figure scoring games is seven (Jan. 15-27, 2018) and his career high for consecutive 20-point games is two (Jan. 27-29, 2015)…has grabbed double-figure rebounds once and recorded one double-double…owns the HEAT single-season record for three-point field goals made (227 in 2017-18)…has hit at least 90 treys in five of the last six seasons…has averaged 188 three-point field goals made in his two seasons with the HEAT…10 times in his career he has recorded a streak of at least 10 consecutive games with a three-point field goal made, including a career-high 22 consecutive games (Feb. 1-Mar. 21, 2017)…has hit multiple treys in a game 215 times, including a career-high 11 consecutive games (Feb. 24-Mar. 15, 2017)…ranks among the HEAT’s all-time career leaders in three-point field goals made (8th), three-point field goals attempted (9th) and three-point field goal percentage (13th)…also owns a share of the HEAT record for most points off the bench in a game (32 vs. Toronto on Apr. 11, 2018) and the club records for three-point field goals made in a quarter (6) and in a half (6)…has shot at least 80 percent from the foul line in eight of his nine seasons, including each of the past seven…has 60 multi-steal games and one multi-block game…his career high for most consecutive games with a steal is five (Apr. 3-11, 2018 and Mar. 18-29, 2013)…his career high for most consecutive free throws made is 21 (Mar. 14-Oct. 30, 2010)…his career high for most consecutive games started is 31 (Jan. 11-Mar. 22, 2016)…has appeared come off the bench in all seven NBA postseason games in which he’s appeared and has averaged 6.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 16.4 minutes while shooting 34.1 percent from the floor, 38.8 percent from three-point range and 100 percent from the foul line…has scored in double figures twice in postseason play. 2017-18 SEASON: Appeared in 77 games (two starts) for the HEAT and averaged 11.2 points (.407 FG%, .859 FT%), 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 26.5 minutes…missed a total of five games due to injury…sat out one game (Feb. 7) with a right shoulder strain and missed four games (Mar. 1-6) with a left quad contusion…set single-season career highs in points, scoring average, field goals made and attempted, three-point field goals made and attempted, free throws attempted, defensive and total rebounds and steals…ranked among the NBA leaders in three-point field goals made (tied-6th) and attempted (7th) and three-point field goal percentage (43rd)…set an NBA record for most three-point field goals off the bench (218) in a single-season breaking Eric Gordon’s record (206 in 2016-17)…his 227 treys overall set the franchise record for three-point field goals made in a single-season, breaking the previous record of 225 set by Damon Jones (2004-05 season)…went into the regular season finale vs. Toronto on Apr. 11 needing six to tie the record and seven to break it and equaled his career high with eight three-point field goals matching his high previously set earlier this season on Dec. 22 vs. Dallas…his 579 three-point field goal attempts represent the second highest single-season total in franchise history…led the HEAT in three-point field goals made and attempted and in three-point field goal percentage…tied Goran Dragić for the team lead in four-point plays with three and ranked second in 20-point games…topped the team in scoring nine times and also led the HEAT in steals 10 times, in plus/minus eight times, in minutes on five occasions and in blocks once…was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench a team-high 25 times and also led the HEAT reserves in minutes a team-high 32 times, in steals a team-high 26 times, in plus/minus a team-high 23 times, in assists on nine occasions, in blocks six times and in rebounds five times…scored in double figures a career-high 39 times, including a career-high 12 games with at least 20 points and one 30-point performance…11 of his 12 20-point games came off the bench and tied the franchise record for most 20-point games off the bench in a single season…79.6 percent of his made field goals were treys and 82.7 percent of his field goal attempts were from three-point range…hit at least one trey in 67 of the 77 games in which he appeared…hit multiple treys in a game a team-high 54 times…had four steaks of at least 10 consecutive games with a three-point field goal made, including a season-high 15 straight games from Dec. 30-Jan. 29…hit six three-point field goals in the second quarter on Oct. 23 vs. Atlanta to tie the franchise record for threes in a quarter and matched it with six treys in the fourth quarter of the season finale vs. Toronto on Apr. 11…also tied the franchise record for three-point field goals in a first half (6 vs. Atlanta on Oct. 23) and a second half (6 vs. Toronto on Apr. 11)…scored a game- and career-high 32 points vs. Toronto on Apr. 11 and tied the franchise record for most points off the bench in a game…launched a career-high 17 three-point field goal attempts at Sacramento on Mar. 14…scored his 4,000th career point on Nov. 24 at Minnesota…recorded his 600th career assist on Jan. 14 vs. Milwaukee…grabbed a career-high eight defensive rebounds on Jan. 3 vs. Detroit…finished fourth in the Three-Point Shooting contest during All-Star Weekend…Season Highs: 32 points (vs. Toronto, Apr. 11), eight rebounds (vs. Detroit, Jan. 3), five assists (vs. Memphis, Feb. 24), three steals (at Indiana, Mar. 25), one block (eight times) and 40:25 minutes (vs. Denver, Mar. 19). 2016-17 SEASON: Appeared in 62 games (13 starts) for the HEAT and averaged 10.5 points (.416 FG%, .860 FT%), 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.2 minutes…missed a total of 20 games due to injury…sat out the first 16 games of the season (Oct. 26-Nov. 26) with a right thigh contusion that occurred in the preseason finale vs. Philadelphia on Oct. 21 and missed four games (Dec. 18-23) due to a strained right hamstring…set single-season career highs in scoring average and three-point field goals made and attempted…led the HEAT in three-point field goals made and attempted and ranked third in plus/minus (+90)…topped the HEAT in plus/minus on eight occasions, in steals four times, in minutes and blocks twice each and in assists once…was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench 13 times and topped the HEAT reserves in steals and plus/minus 11 times each, in minutes nine times, in assists on six occasions and in rebounds and blocks three times each…scored in double figures on 32 occasions, including a pair of games with at least 20 points…hit at least one three-point field goal in a career-high 22 consecutive games from Feb. 1-Mar. 21…64.5 percent of his made field goals were treys and 71 percent of his field goal attempts were from three-point range…hit at least one trey in 54 of the 62 games in which he appeared…hit multiple treys in a game a career- and team-high 42 times, including a career-high 11 consecutive games from Feb. 24-Mar. 15…his 18 consecutive free throws made from Jan. 6-Feb. 11 was the team high for the season…recorded a career-high four steals at Denver on Nov. 30 and matched it vs. Golden State on Jan. 23…played in his 500th NBA game on Mar. 12 at Indiana…grabbed his 1,000th career rebound and hit his 500th career three-pointer on Jan. 21 vs. Milwaukee…handed out his 500th career assist on Dec. 6 vs. New York…Season Highs: 22 points (twice), seven rebounds (vs. Washington, Apr. 12), five assists (vs. Washington, Dec. 12), four steals (twice), one block (four times) and 40:39 minutes (at Atlanta, Dec. 7). 2015-16 SEASON:
Started 41 of the 76 games in which he appeared for the Brooklyn Nets and averaged 7.7 points (.389 FG%, .857 FT%), 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 21.3 minutes…missed two games due to injury/illness and was a DNP-CD on four occasions…missed one game (Nov. 22 vs. Boston) due to a migraine and one game (Mar. 13 vs. Milwaukee) due to an upper respiratory issue…was the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award which is named after the NBA’s second commissioner and is presented by the Professional Basketball Writers Association annually to the player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community…set single-season career highs in three-point field goals made and attempted, steals and starts…ranked second on the Nets in three-point field goals made and attempted, third in starts and fourth in steals…topped the Nets in scoring twice and in steals on 11 occasions…scored in double figures 28 times, including a pair of 20-point efforts…hit at least one three-point field goal in a career-high 14 consecutive games from Jan. 20-Feb. 21…recorded a single-season career-high 12 multi-steal games…started a career-high 31 consecutive games from Jan. 11-Mar. 22…had season highs in points (26) and rebounds (7) and matched his career high with seven three-point field goals made at Miami on Dec. 28…scored his 3,000th career point at Philadelphia on Feb. 6…played his 400th career game on Dec. 14 vs. Orlando…Season Highs: 26 points (at Miami, Dec. 28), seven rebounds (at Miami, Dec. 28), four assists (three times), three steals (vs. Miami, Dec. 16), one block (five times) and 35:41 minutes (at Utah, Feb. 27).
Appeared in 65 games (36 starts) for the Los Angeles Lakers and averaged 10.0 points (.412 FG%, .813 FT%), 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 25.8 minutes…missed nine games due to injury, six games (Nov. 11-19) due to personal reasons and two games as a DNP-CD (Jan. 13 and 15)…missed the season opener (Oct. 28) due to a concussion…sat out the final eight games of the season (Apr. 3-15) due to a right shoulder separation…set single-season career highs in points, scoring average, field goals made and attempted, defensive and total rebounds, rebounds per game, assists, assists per game and minutes played…led the Lakers in three-point field goal percentage and was second in three-point field goals made and attempted…topped the Lakers in points three times, in minutes 17 times, in steals on seven occasions and in rebounds, assists and blocks one time each…scored in double figures a career-high 34 times, including three 20-point efforts…grabbed double-figure rebounds once and posted one double-double…recorded a single-season career-high 28 multi-trey games…posted his first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds at Utah on Feb. 25…set career highs in points (28) and field goals made (12) and attempted (20) vs. Washington on Jan. 27…scored his 2,000th career point vs. the Clippers in Los Angeles on Oct. 31…Season Highs: 28 points (vs. Washington, Jan. 27), 10 rebounds (at Utah, Feb. 25), six assists (vs. Oklahoma City. Mar. 1), three steals (vs. Washington, Jan. 27), one block (twice) and 46:10 minutes (vs. Chicago, Jan. 29).
Saw action in 45 games (one start) for the Dallas Mavericks and averaged 3.2 points (.437 FG%, .909 FT%), 1.0 rebounds and 8.7 minutes…missed three games due to injury and was a DNP-CD on 34 occasions…sat out one game (Nov. 12) with a right thigh contusion and two games (Dec. 28 and Jan. 10) due to illness…topped the Mavs in steals once…scored in double figures three times…played his 300th career game on Feb. 26 vs. New Orleans…Season Highs: 12 points (twice), six rebounds (vs. Orlando, Jan. 13), four assists (at Philadelphia, Feb. 21), three steals (at Phoenix, Dec. 21), one block (twice) and 22:49 minutes (vs. Milwaukee, Dec. 14).
Split the season between the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers and averaged 7.9 points (.427 FG%, .907 FT%), 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 21.3 minutes in 78 games (21 starts)…sat out one game (Mar. 15) with a left lateral ankle sprain and one game as a DNP-CD…set single-season career highs in games played and free throws made and attempted…scored in double figures 29 times, including a career-high four 20-point performances…appeared in 40 games (four starts) for the Grizzlies and averaged 5.5 points (.407 FG%, .938 FT%), 1.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 16.9 minutes…topped the Grizzlies in scoring twice and in blocks once…saw action in 38 games (17 starts) with the Cavaliers and averaged 10.4 points (.439 FG%, .898 FT%), 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 25.9 minutes…topped the Cavs in scoring four times and in steals on seven occasions…recorded a steal in a career-high five consecutive games from Mar. 18-29…played his 200th career game on Nov. 23 against the Lakers…scored 25 points and hit a career-high seven three-point field goals vs. Miami on Nov. 11…Season Highs: 26 points (at Sacramento, Jan. 7), seven rebounds (vs. Miami, Mar. 20), five assists (vs. New York, Apr. 12), three steals (four times), one block (three times) and 41:16 minutes (vs. Miami, Mar. 20).
Appeared in 51 games (four starts) for the Minnesota Timberwolves and averaged 6.1 points (.404 FG%, .800 FT%), 1.9 rebounds and 19.1 minutes…missed a pair of games (Apr. 11-12) with back spasms and was a DNP-CD on 13 occasions…scored in double figures 16 times…Season Highs: 17 points (twice), seven rebounds (twice), four assists (at Sacramento, Apr. 2), three steals (three times), two blocks (at Dallas, Jan. 25) and 38:30 minutes (at Dallas, Jan. 25).
Saw action in 62 games (eight starts) with the Timberwolves and averaged 6.6 points (.403 FG%, .792 FT%), 1.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 19.0 minutes…missed three games (Nov. 12-15) with a bruised left thigh…was a healthy scratch on the inactive list three times and a DNP-CD on 14 occasions…led the team in scoring three times and in assists once…scored in double figures 15 times…Season Highs: 18 points (twice), seven rebounds (vs. Washington, Jan. 13), five assists (twice), two steals (four times), one block (three times) and 40:23 minutes (at Washington, Mar. 5).
Appeared in 76 games (one start) for Minnesota and averaged 6.6 points (.424 FG%, .871 FT%), 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 18.2 minutes…missed one game (Apr. 7 vs. Golden State) with an upper respiratory infection…was a healthy scratch on the inactive list three times and was a DNP-CD twice…set a single-season career high in offensive rebounds…was fourth on the team in both three-point field goals made and attempted…led the team in scoring and assists two times each…scored in double figures 17 times…made his first career start on Nov. 9 at Golden State and tallied seven points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16:32 of action…made his NBA debut on Oct. 28 and had eight points, six rebounds and two assists in 23:13 of action vs. New Jersey…Season Highs: 17 points (four times), seven rebounds (at New Jersey, Dec. 23), five assists (at Indiana, Jan. 2), three steals (at Phoenix, Nov. 1), one block (five times) and 34:37 minutes (at Houston, Jan. 13).
2018: Came off the bench in all five games in Miami’s Opening Round series vs. Philadelphia and averaged 7.8 points (.343 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 1.6 rebounds and 20.1 minutes…ranked among the NBA postseason leaders in three-point field goal percentage (24th)…led the HEAT in three-point field goals made and attempted…hit at least one three-pointer in all five games, including four games with multiple treys…scored in double figures twice, including a postseason career-high 11 points in Miami’s Game 2 win on Apr. 16…2014: Came off the bench in both postseason games in which he appeared for the Mavericks in their Opening Round series vs. San Antonio and totaled eight points, two rebounds, and two assists in 14 minutes of action…was a DNP-CD on five occasions…made his postseason debut in Game 2 at San Antonio on Apr. 23 and was scoreless in 3:09 of action. HONORS:
2017-18: Participated in the Three-Point Shooting Contest at All-Star Weekend…2015-16: Was the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.
Played three seasons at the University of North Carolina before becoming an early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft…was one of four Tar Heels selected in the 2009 NBA Draft joining teammates Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Danny Green…appeared in 115 games (112 starts) and averaged 14.7 points (.463 FG%, .397 3FG%, .809 FT%), 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 28.5 minutes…finished his career ranked second in UNC history with 229 three-pointers made…was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 Final Four after leading UNC to the NCAA Championship…set the Final Four record for highest three-point field goal percentage after hitting eight of his 10 attempts (.800)…earned All-ACC Tournament honors in each of his three seasons…finished his career with 1,694 career points…as a junior in 2008-09, he averaged 15.8 points (.483 FG%, .777 FT%), 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 30.4 minutes in 38 games (37 starts) and earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors…led UNC in three-point field goals made with a career-high 85, the fifth-best single-season total in school history…ranked among the ACC leaders in three-point field goal percentage (3rd), three-pointers made per game (6th), field goal percentage (8th) and scoring (13th)…as a sophomore in 2007-08, he averaged 16.6 points (.467 FG%, .826 FT%), 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.13 steals and 31.1 minutes in a career-high 39 games (38 starts) and earned Second-Team All-ACC honors...earned All-East Regional honors to help lead the Tar Heels to the Final Four...led UNC with 18 points in their Final Four loss to Kansas…was a two-time ACC Player of the Week…led the Tar Heels in three-pointers made and was second in scoring average…ranked sixth in the ACC in field goal percentage and seventh in scoring average…scored a career-high 36 points and hit the game-winning shot at 19th-ranked Clemson on Jan. 6…as a freshman in 2006-07, he averaged 11.7 points (.433 FG%, .836 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 23.9 minutes in 38 games (37 starts)…earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors in November…led the team in three-pointers made and ranked third on the team in scoring…the only game he didn’t start was Senior Night.
Full name is Wayne Robert Ellington, Jr…goes by the nicknames “Weez” and “Weezy” which he received from friends…is the son of Wayne Sr. and Elaine Ellington…he and his wife Safiya have a son (Wayne Robert Ellington III)…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…his parents because they taught him morals and values about life and his coaches because they instilled discipline and a work ethic in him…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 has recently started 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 three-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.