Monta Ellis is a singular talent. His slippery, artful drives, wicked crossover and remarkable touch around the rim make him a joy to watch and the Warriors offense allows him all the freedom to use these gifts he can handle. This year, he’s managed to rack up 25.9 points per game, good for fourth in the league. However, he’s one of the players that flies under the radar in today’s NBA. Perhaps it’s the West Coast time slot or the lack of marketing, but in any case you never hear the man’s name listed among the great players in the game.
So, the game-winner he drained to put the Warriors over the Pacers 110-108 last night is good to see. As the All-Star selection process nears its conclusion, hopefully it could lead to a few more votes going to the Golden State guard, or at the very least, a minute of recognition for his ability. The smooth way which he unleashes a filthy crossover and step-back jumper is definitely on the “imitate-this-on-the-court” level. Imagine if dude suited up for the Knicks? Kids across the country would be practicing their sleepy-eyed swagger.