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Monta Ellis has been sensational for the Mavs so far.
Well, what else or who else did you expect here? Monta Ellis has been the Mavs' best player by far over the first 24 games. He is, in my opinion, making a very strong case to be selected for his first ever All-Star game this season.
It isn't just that he's averaging 20.8 points and 5.6 assists per game, per ESPN.
It's that he's doing it all efficiently. Much more efficiently than many people expected. I said I would be overjoyed if he shot just 45 percent. He's one-upped that and is shooting a nice 46.8 percent and 36.5 percent from downtown.
He isn't at all playing like the ball hog he's been labeled as over his career. He's done a fabulous job of driving, drawing attention and then dishing to the open man for an easy basket.
He's obviously been able to shoulder the scoring load when he needs to. He has 15 games of 20 or more points, and five games of 25 or more, per ESPN.
And all of this for just three years and $25 million, mind you.
Now that Brandan Wright is back in the fold, and Devin Harris is nearing his return, Ellis should be able find a hint of scoring relief for a while.
If he can retain his efficiency and selfless play, Dallas could make some noise this season.