Monta Ellis’ big week, with impressive individual performances against the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets, has earned him Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 24-30 by the NBA. From the Bucks PR department:
The National Basketball Association announced today that Bucks guard Monta Ellis has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Dec. 24-30. The honor is the third of Ellis’ career and his first as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Ellis won his first two Player of the Week Awards with the Golden State Warriors, the second of which came in his final week with the club before last season’s trade that brought him to Milwaukee.
Over the course of the week, which saw the Bucks go 2-1, Ellis averaged 21 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Ellis, who is often criticized for his high volume shooting, shot just about 47 percent from the field (46.7) and 57 percent from beyond the arc. The 30-point effort in Sunday’s loss at Detroit gave Ellis his fifth 30-point game this season, giving him the seventh highest total of 30-point games in the league this season.
Ellis’ impressive run comes right on the heels of an atrocious outing against the Memphis Grizzlies where he scored 4 points on 1-14 FG.
One other thing that stood out about Ellis’ week was his solid defense. Ellis had six steals agianst Brooklyn and five against Miami three days later. This was the first time in Ellis’ career that he has five or more thefts in consecutive games. You could say that Ellis truly had it all last week.
Ellis is the second Bucks player to earn the award this season, Brandon Jennings was the other after the season’s first week.
Ellis’ stats over last week
vs. BKN: 7-14, 20 points. 7 assists. 6 steals.
vs. MIA: 6-18, 14 points. 9 assists. 5 steals.
at DET: 12-22, 30 points. 9 assists. 4 rebounds.