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Grantland: The Revenge of Monta Ellis
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The ridicule has trailed him for years, in out-of-town gyms and on the NBA's snarkiest message boards. Perhaps no player has been mocked more than Monta Ellis. He shoots too much; he has never met a jumper he didn't like; he's a ball hog; he's a volume shooter with an efficiency problem. I myself have been guilty of casting such aspersions. Well, although the samples are small, and the fresh season has just begun, Ellis might be rewriting his own story and teaching basketball analysts a very important lesson in the process.

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