Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Observing Monta

Monta Ellis has played some excellent ball for Golden State recently, scoring with uncommon efficiency, and breaking 30 multiple times. Shooting guards love to... shoot, including the three, but he seems to be the rare guard who both knows he's a poor long-distance shooter and avoids making the attempts. In fact, Ellis is second only to Rajon Rondo in fewest 3-point attempts/minute taken by a shooting guard--not surprisingly, Ellis and Rondo lead all guards in field-goal percentage. The lack of attempts reflects well on Ellis's discipline, though it also points to the abundance of three-point-making talent on the Warriors, and I can imagine a system in which a coach would expect him to take those shots more frequently.