View Full Version : We Believe Monta - How circumstance turned a once efficient scorer into a chucker

03-14-2012, 04:40 PM
Maybe a better perspective for all those people (me) who think little of Monta because of his bad shooting percentages.

In his best season, Monta shot jumpers on 59 percent of his possessions and took it to the rim roughly 37 percent of the time. The gap between those numbers has been steadily widening. This year, Monta is shooting jumpers on 62 percent of his possessions and is taking it to the rack at around a 25 percent rate. Mark Jackson has tried to plant Monta in the post, where he's been scoring at a remarkably efficient rate,2 but it's hard to see a guard of Monta's size lasting for too long in the painted area.

All these numbers point to a once-electric dynamo who has lost a step and now relies on a mid-range and post game to get his buckets. But while there's no doubt that Monta has changed his approach, I don't think it's because he's incapable of resurrecting the We Believe Monta Ellis. Rather, his decline was more the result of a shift in his role. The '08 Warriors, coached by Don Nelson, ran the court relentlessly. Once Nelson and Davis left town, Monta was tasked with running the point and sharing the backcourt with Stephen Curry, another combo guard who needs to have the ball in his hands.

Here's the last, yet arguably most important, Monta Ellis statistic. He has led the league in Minutes Per Game in each of the last two seasons. Those who point to his efficiency problems and his steadily declining shooting percentages should also adjust for the number of times he's been forced to take a shot at the end of the 24-second clock, the number of times he's had to carry the scoring load while playing with D-Leaguers, and the herculean effort that's required to play his style of basketball for 40 minutes a night. Once players start settling for jumpers, it's nearly impossible to get them flying at the rim again. So yes, the Monta Ellis who shot 60 percent over the course of an entire month is probably not heading toward Milwaukee. But having watched Monta for much of his career, it's also clear that he hasn't lost a step as much as grown frustrated with a system and a franchise that no longer cater to his unique talents.

The rest here: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7684442/on-monta-ellis-possible-revival-milwaukee-bucks

Pig Nash
03-15-2012, 06:38 AM
Kang is one of my favorite writers over there.