Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  44 responses

Mark Cuban Says Monta Ellis Wants to Become a Passer

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

When Monta Ellis met with the media in Dallas after signing a three-year, $25 million deal with the Mavericks, they quite reasonably asked him about his hard-earned reputation as a volume shooter.

Ellis defiantly shot back that he would contine to play “Monta Basketball” (ie. shoot, and shoot often). According to owner Mark Cuban, however, Monta Ball might include more passing than anyone is anticipating.

Per the Star-Telegram:

“I think he wants to be a compliment to Dirk as opposed to being the guy,’’ owner Mark Cuban said after Sunday’s practice at American Airlines Center. “He’s a good passer, a willing passer and he gets where he wants to on the court. He’s committed to playing defense, he’s a willing learner and he’s a got a high basketball IQ.’’

Cuban believes Ellis — he signed a free agent contract with the Mavs this past summer — will benefit handsomely from many of the one-on-one teachings coach Rick Carlisle doles out to his players. “Once Rick realizes you have a high basketball IQ he’ll give you tons of discretions,’’ Cuban said. “We’ll play flow, which means just go out there and play basketball and take what the defense gives you. With Monta as a willing passer and his ability to get anywhere on the court, I think it’ll work in his favor in a huge way. If me watching (Sunday’s practice) out there is any indication, the only shots I saw him take were in the paint, and even when he got to the paint everything was a pass.’’

The Mavericks have been searching for someone to significantly reduce the offensive load on Dirk Nowtizki’s shoulders, and Monta Ellis was supposed to be that guy. Mark Cuban seems to think otherwise.

Whatever the case, “Monta Basketball” alongisde Dirk is going to be one fascinating experiment in Dallas.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    now this….this is funny.

  • spit hot fiyah

    “I’m going to get criticized for what I do,” said Ellis, fielding
    questions about his reputation as a “volume shooter” and an “inefficient
    scorer.” “The only thing I can do is laugh it off. There are a lot of
    guys that take a lot of bad shots in this league. But nobody wants to
    talk about that. Everybody wants to talk about the shots Monta takes.
    All I’m going to do is take the punches and prove everybody wrong.

    “What I’m saying is I’m going to play ‘Monta Basketball’ and if y’all want to criticize, criticize.”

    wow, that is right up there with antoine walker for best nba quote ever

  • shockexchange

    There’s yellowtop, WMD and that molly, but Monta smokin’ that “Jo Jo White.”

  • Nick Holden

    To be fair to the legend that is Monta elllis, he actually is a very skilled passer just needs to utilize that skill more. After all, he averaged 6 assists per game last season, only SG’s to match that were Kobe and Harden. And I can’t remember the last time a SG has been able to have two seasons in a row with 6 assists per game like Monta just has.

  • Shifty

    There was a year where he did shoot over 50% and scored like 20 ppg. Something Kobe has never done. Butttttttt that was one season and 6 seasons ago.

  • DieHard

    22 days to go… before players can talk with their game again…
    and we can judge them for that…

    instead of talking about “thinking and wanting”

  • Dfrance

    Hey I want to have Zoe Saldanas baby and Shock wanted to get with Lola Folana… we can all dream.

  • Guest

    This is like if Steve Nash came out and said he wants to be an elite shotblocker.

  • bike

    If you say ‘Monta Basketball’ to a Sudan goathearder, he will interpret that to mean ‘Lion in the Bush’.

  • @iamrjump

    I would like to see him pass the ball more this will equate to longevity he won’t be the poor man’s version of Allen Iverson..

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Well FWIW, he has been one of the leaders in assists at the SG position…

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Actually, he’s lead all SG’s in assists the past 3 seasons…

  • Evan Boland


  • Evan Boland

    He will ALWAYS be the poor man’s AI. And AI is the poor man’s Lebron.

  • swill

    ai isn’t a poor man’s anything.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    My comment was in regards to the people saying it’s laughable that Monta would pass. When in fact, he’s already doing a lot better than his fellow shooting guards. Yes, he gets labelled as a chucker, but for a shooting guard, he’s one of the more underrated passers.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    lol nah thats overboard.

  • ButteNuts


  • Guest

    Monta Ellis averaged 6 assists a game last year while not even starting at the PG position. Yes Monta puts up ill advised shots, but the man knows how to get dimes. Underestimate him this season and you’ll be in for a shocker.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    You sir should headbutt the nearest blunt object in your vicinity. And I hope your life passes before your eyes so you can reflect on this blasphemous comparison you just gave.

  • The Seed

    Lets be honest, Dallas could not attract anybody to come play with Dirk. A few years back, I stated Dallas and Dirk would not go anywhere anymore after the one year wonder. Dirk fell off like I predicted and his team. JJ Barea, Tyson and Jet played more into that ring than they get credit for. Monta had no choice but to go play with Dallas. Nobody wanted him. Cuban knows if Monta was on Shark Tank, everyone would pass on him, based off of his stock history. I would have saved the money.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I apologize if i insulted you

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    he needs to work on becoming more of distributor and giving up long 2s and force threes.

  • Mansonovic

    “Yeah, I want to be a passer…self alley-oops off the glass count, right?”

  • TBRK

    “I want my Ferrari to be better on gas” ….smh, terrible signing. Not saying Monta can’t play the point, but why sign him if a point is what you’re looking for

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    23, 7, 2 steals

  • Anthony

    And Micheal Vick wants to become a pocket quarter back….”No matter where you go, you are what you are player/And you can try to change but that’s just the top layer
    Man, you was who you was ‘fore you got here (-Jay Z in PSA)

  • Max

    He’s just a poor man.

  • shockexchange

    Ha ha. Good one.

  • LLC#12

    I was only joking with the Steve Nash comment, I’m not saying he can’t pass, just he’s never going to be known as a passer. I would have preferred to hear him say “I’m going to take less bad shots” anyway.
    In for a shocker, perhaps, in that I would be surprised if his assist tally got any higher than 6 per game.

  • Basketball_iQ

    You never watched dude play then. You and them 17likes.

  • Basketball_iQ

    You would prefer him say??? Who are you for him to straighten his game out for? If you’re a scorer, you should be jacking up shots.,,, if it’s what you do.

  • Basketball_iQ

    The last time Monta had decent help, he helped a team get to the playoffs. This isn’t a bad pickup. It’ll be the players surrounding him and Dirk.

  • BugEyes

    What was twons quote?

  • up

    Somebody is still mad about that 4-0 azz whooping Dallas put on diet MJ and co. Lol get over it.

  • The Seed

    I am, let me be honest. But Dirk and Dallas has fallen, like I stated.

  • Triple OG

    Stephen Curry is shaking his head somewhere in Cali

  • C.M.G

    it’s only one more assist than he averaged last year, how is it overboard?? especially now that hes not playing with brandon jennings

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  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    im talking about the other “Guest”

  • C.M.G

    ohhhhh my bad

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    I think he’s referring to:
    Why do you shoot so many threes?
    Antoine Walker: Because there are no fours.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Monta will be SG, they signed Jose Calderon for point guard.

  • julianndimare321

    my Aunty Samantha just got a nearly new yellow
    Audi S4 by working part-time at home… navigate to these guys J­a­m­2­0­.­ℂ­o­m