If you ask Milwaukee Bucks' guard Monta Ellis what the differences between himself and two-time champion, one-time NBA Finals MVP Dwyane Wade are, the only things he can come up with are more wins and a couple of titles.
This video from the Milwaukee Bucks' telecast last night gave everybody a peek into the scouting report Ellis has for himself. There is something to be said for a player having confidence in his own ability and thinking he's up there with the best players in the NBA at his position. And while it's not as bad as Jordan Crawford's feeling that he can be better than Michael Jordan, it's certainly not something that anybody outside of Monta's immediate circle will agree with.
There are so many things I love about this video:
1. He seemingly stares off into the distance when thinking about his own play. It's a moment of reflection and fervor for his own game. The sly smile that creeps across his face is just fantastic.
2. The idea of he and Wade being able to compete on both ends also really helped make this video as awesome as possible. Being a three-time All Defensive team member and gambling for steals in passing lanes or letting your man go by you repeatedly so you can possibly poke the ball away from behind are apparently the same level of competing on the defensive end.
3. Shooting inside and outside. Dwyane Wade is making 77.4 percent of his shots at the rim, 41.0 percent of his shots from 16-23 feet, and 31.8 percent of his 3-point attempts (0.9 per game) this season. Monta Ellis is making 59.1 percent of his shots at the rim, 35.0 percent of his shots from 16-23 feet, and 24.7 percent of his 3-point attempts (3.3 per game) this season. It's like looking into a mirror, Dwyane!
4. The usage of the third person at the end of the video is where I lose it. It couldn't be a more perfect ending to how Monta Ellis feels about Monta Ellis.
5. Did I mention the stares off into the distance? They're fantastic!