Ellis submitted 11 points (3-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, one rebound and one steal across 27 minutes in Wednesday's 111-103 preseason loss to the Bucks.
After superstar Paul George, the Pacers boast a fairly balanced scoring attack among their remaining four starters, which will likely inhibit Ellis from improving upon the 12.6 shots per game he received in 2015-16, which was his lowest mark since his rookie season. That being said, Ellis' track record of durability and solid, if not spectacular outputs in the points, assists, rebounds, steals and three-pointers categories should make him a reliable fantasy commodity. He's a good roster option in the middle rounds of most formats, and could even be had later than that given his perceived lack of upside.
Ellis contributed 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and one blocked shot across 20 minutes in Thursday's 115-108 preseason win over the Bulls.
Ellis' scoring total was second among the Pacers' starters, but the lack of impact in other categories ended up limiting his DFS utility. The veteran guard is usually good for a handful of assists and rebounds each game, but as a member of a balanced Pacers' attack, he's not the major scoring threat that he was earlier in his career with the Warriors, Bucks and the Mavericks. Ellis averaged just 13.8 points per game last season -- his lowest mark since his rookie year -- and could see that figure dip further in 2016-17 with the Pacers adding Thaddeus Young to the starting five during the offseason.
Ellis totaled more assists than the rest of his teammates combined on Sunday, as the Pacers dished out just 12 dimes. With that being said, Ellis was as inefficient during the playoffs as he was during the regular season, averaging 11.6 points (on 43% shooting from the field) to go with 4.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.1 steals across 32.1 minutes. It certainly wasn't his fault alone that the Pacers failed to advance to the second round, but the team was probably hoping for a bit better production from their high-priced offseason addition.
Monta Ellis posted eight points (3-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and two steals across 33 minutes in Tuesday's 102-99 Game 5 loss to the Raptors.
It's the third straight game that Ellis has been held to single-digit points, and the veteran guard is shooting 34.6 percent from the floor during that span. He was forced to take a backseat to Paul George and (sometimes) George Hill on the scoring front during the regular season, and that's again reared its head in the postseason, as Ellis seems to struggle to find his footing when the offense doesn't run through him.
Monta Ellis (personal) pitched in seven points (3-9 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, four assists and a steal over 36 minutes in Thursday's 101-85 Game 3 loss to the Raptors.
After having missed practice Wednesday for personal reasons, Ellis looked somewhat out of sorts in the Game 3 defeat. His solid track record from the field and three-point range over the first two games of the series evaporated Thursday, as his field-goal percentage, three-point percentage and point total were all series lows. The veteran two-guard's scoring contributions figure to be key in a pivotal Game 4 on Saturday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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