No. 40 Monta Ellis

Monta EllisLook, I can’t in good conscious defend every game that Monta had because even though he averaged 25.5 ppg last season — taking 1,406 shots to go with a league-high 22 attempts per game — he had some pretty atrocious nights shooting the ball. But that’s basketball. It happens. Pure scorers are anything but efficient at times.

And for those who like to slap the “inefficient” or “shameless chucker” label on players like Ellis ad nauseam and say that he shoots a terrible percentage and his assist numbers are god-awful, I wonder if they’ve ever taken into consideration that Don Nelson’s offense is designed that way. His “green-light” system calls for whoever has the ball to fire away at any given moment.

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