GS Warriors: 5 Reasons Monta Ellis Is the Most Underrated Guard in the NBA

March 18th, 2011 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
A black hole. A defensive liability. One-half of an NBA backcourt that can never win.

Yeah, Monta Ellis has been called a lot of things during his six NBA seasons. Underrated is rarely one of those things. All-Star has never been one of those things.

But both should be the first words out of anyone's mouth when talking about the diminutive star out of Lanier (Jackson, Miss.) High School. He's a superstar whether the NBA chooses to acknowledge that fact or not.

If Ellis played in a different market or with a different supporting cast, he'd be an All-Star regular. Maybe even a fan-voted starter given his exciting brand of basketball.

But, out in Oakland, he's one of the NBA's forgotten stars. The lack of national media coverage, All-Star nods and postseason awards would say he's just another player in the NBA.

His numbers—and these reasons—however, tell an entirely different story.

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