By Ben Golliver
It's impossible to launch 22 shots per game for an entire season, as Monta Ellis did in 2009-10, without possessing an out-of-this-world level of self-confidence.
"To be honest, I would put myself in the same category as D-Wade," Ellis said. "At the end of the day, the only thing he has is more wins and two championships. That's it. As far as playing on the same level, competing every night, both ends, shoot inside and outside, fast break, transition, Monta Ellis has it all."
It's a knee-slappingly laughable comparison, but let's run down the tale of the tape for fun.
Wade has two championship rings; Ellis has none. Wade has a gold medal; Ellis has none. Wade has eight All-Star appearances; Ellis has none. Wade has seven All-NBA selections; Ellis has none. Wade has three All-Defensive selections; Ellis has none. Wade has eight playoff appearances; Ellis has one. Wade has appeared in exactly 10 times more playoff games than Ellis (110 to 11). Wade has averaged more points, rebounds, assists, blocks and has a better better career field goal percentage than Ellis. Wade's career PER is an excellent 25.6; Ellis's is a pedestrian 16.9. During their respective careers, Wade has accumulated nearly four times more offensive win shares than Ellis and more than triple his defensive win shares. Wade's individual offensive and defensive ratings are both significantly better.
This could go on and on. Take a look for yourself: Basketball-Reference.com's tale of the tape just isn't close. Most tellingly, according to the site, Wade has a 99.6 percent probability of being elected to the Hall of Fame (which seems low); Ellis has a 2.8 percent chance (which seems generous). That about sums it up. Wade is an all-timer; Ellis is, if you want to get charitable, a poor man's version.
In Ellis's defense, he did beat out Wade and every single other player in the Eastern Conference to take home Player of the Week honors on Monday, averaging 21.3 points, 8.3 assists and 4.0 steals and leading the Bucks to a 2-1 mark for the week, including a win over the Heat. So he's got that going for himself, which is nice. Video via YouTuber user HoopDiary | Hat tip: Ball Don't Lie