When a candidate pursues a job, the prospective employer usually makes sure that said applicant has skill sets that match up with the position. For Monta Ellis, the Dallas Mavericks found him to match up extremely well for their shooting guard role in the starting lineup. Even his colleague, seasoned power forward Dirk Nowitzki, commends him for being “explosive.”
As we Mavs Fans for Life already know, Ellis is also an excellent finisher as he completed Dallas’ defeat in the clutch game against the top-notch Portland Trail Blazers this past Saturday. Despite the disappointment of being beaten by Pacific Division teams, the Sacramento Kings and Ellis’ first NBA team, the Golden State Warriors, he and the Mavericks will be ready to go buck-wild on his previous pro ball club, the Milwaukee Bucks, on Saturday night.
Ellis has proven to suit the Mavericks much more than the Bucks’ O.J. Mayo, who played for Dallas during the 2012-13 season. Too bad for Mayo that his stats are on serious decline since his career move to Milwaukee, and this is especially evident with his mere three points on Wednesday night when the San Antonio Spurs shamelessly (for “Los Spurs”)/shamefully (for the Bucks) outscored their opponents by over 30.
Let me compare the two. Both guards started 100 percent of the games that they played during their previous season(s) with the other team. Ellis played with the Bucks for part of the 2011-12 season followed by the full season thereafter, and Mayo played with the Mavs for a single season. Now that they have switched franchises, Ellis also has started in every game, while Mayo has started in all but one.
In terms of playing time, Ellis’ average game minutes have only decreased by half a minute since he left Milwaukee for Dallas from 37.5 last season to 37.0 this season, but he scores over two points more per game from 19.2 with the Bucks to 21.4 with the Mavs. On the other hand, Mayo’s minutes per game have decreased from 35.5 last season with Dallas to 31.7 with Milwaukee, and his average scoring went from 15.3 to 14.4 ppg.
With the superstar athleticism that Ellis exhibits, he can help the Mavs make muck out of the Bucks this time at home. When Dallas visited Milwaukee he did extremely well. Don’t get me wrong, Mayo scored more – 28 points, his record for the season, both in this game and the prior one with the Cleveland Cavaliers – but who won the Mavs-Bucks matchup? Yes, the Mavericks took home the victory and likely will again.