Ellis has always been one of my favorite players outside of Minnesota, mainly because he's pretty exciting to watch. The knock on him would probably be that he's a smaller 2-guard at 6'3", 175. As far as I know, not many would consider him a great or even good defender. My other fear would be that Ellis puts up really good numbers on a team that isn't good at all, and so questions arise about whether he just isn't as good as his stats imply. Then I thought about Kevin Love. Love put up record-setting numbers last year on a really bad team, and I don't believe for one second that Love isn't as good as his numbers say he is. So, I'll give Ellis the benefit of the doubt on that one.
The one thing Monta Ellis can do without a doubt is create on the offensive end. He can shoot, penetrate, dish, and electrify on the offensive side. He's the kind of scorer that would sure be nice to have in a Wolves uniform.
Let's dig a little farther into the numbers...
There's no question Ellis would be an immediate upgrade at the 2-guard offensively, right? Ellis is currently averaging 22.3 points, 5.8 assists, and shoots 81% from the line. I was disappointed to see that he's only shooting 43% from the field and less than 31% from deep.
Defensively, Ellis does average 1.4 steals per 36 minutes (Rubio averages 2.4), but his Defensive Rating is 110 points per 100 possessions. Even Michael Beasley currently holds a 102 defensive rating. Defensively, you would have to take Wes Johnson at the 2 over Monta Ellis any day.
Overall, Ellis' PER is 19.3, which blows every other option we have out of the water. Wes Johnson currently sits at an abysmal 5.7, JJ Barea is at 14.1, and Ridnour 12.8. With a 15 PER being the average, you can see we currently have close to 0 quality options at the 2.
Now, what would it take to get Ellis? Last year the discussion included Beasley, Pekovic, and the pick that became Derrick Williams. If that were the same case this year, there's no way that would happen the way Pek has played. I would think it would probably take Beasley and/or Williams, maybe they would take Wes to get salaries to match up, and I would assume we'd be talking draft picks as well. Once again, Wolves draft picks are not necessarily increasing in value like they were last year.
Would I do it if I were David Kahn? It's hard to say yes, despite Ellis being such a dynamic scorer that this team needs. Defensively, we could probably survive with Rubio guarding the opponent's 2 guard, but that is not ideal at all. Offensively, would I rather have Ellis than Ridnour? Yes. Wes? Yes. Ellington? Yes. Would you give up Derrick Williams or Michael Beasley to get him? Obviously it would take a bold move like that to get a guy like Ellis, but I don't know if he is the right fit for the Wolves knowing the struggles we already have defensively. I think if you're going to make a big deal, you need to get either a bigger 2 or an athletic scoring 3 (sure would have been nice if Wes was that guy). What do you think?
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