Monta Ellis Deserves to Be an NBA All-Star but Probably Won’t Be

January 20th, 2015 by Vytis Lasaitis Leave a reply »

Monta Ellis has hardly ever had a stronger All-Star case than the one he is putting forward this season. Even as he has been the best player on the Dallas Mavericks, his chances to represent the Western Conference are looking slim.

A top-five team in a conference normally gets at least one All-Star nomination. The Mavs are just half a game behind the Memphis Grizzlies for a top-three seed, but it's not unlikely for Ellis, or any other Maverick for that matter, to miss out on the festivities this year.

It's hard to argue against Ellis' credentials to make the team this season. He is the leading scorer on the Mavs and fuels one of the best offenses in the league. He has been a perfect complement next to Dirk Nowitzki, forming a lethal pick-and-roll duo that terrorizes opposing defenses. Ellis has come up huge in clutch situations and hasn't missed a single game despite being banged up.

To get the All-Star nod, a player has to not only put up big numbers and performances but also do so in a winning environment. Ellis, 29, has had explosive scoring seasons before, but he hadn't played ...

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