Where is Monta Ellis now, nearly a decade after the Warriors unexpectedly traded him? Monta Ellis might be one of the finest second-round picks in NBA history. Ellis, the 40th overall choice in the 2005 NBA draft, contributed 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds as a rookie. He became an instant star with 28.4 points per game in his second season while also leading the league in assists with 8.7 per contest.
Ellis's third season was lost to injury, but when he returned in 2008-09, he helped lead the Warriors to their first championship in 35 years. The following year, he led the league in scoring while also earning first team all-NBA honors.
After three straight seasons as a top-five scorer, Ellis is having trouble finding a job this summer. His contract expires at the end of this month, and there have been rumors that he could sign with his former team or join another franchise as a free agent.
In other words, the man known as "Money" is looking for a pay day.
Monta Ellis was drafted by the Golden State Warriors. He spent three seasons with them before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he played one more season before signing with the Dallas Mavericks. He has since moved on to play for the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets.
When Hill entered the 2009 NBA draft, many saw him as a first-round choice, maybe in the top five. As the night progressed and Golden State selected Stephen Curry, New York was left with the option of selecting Jordan Hill. The New York Knicks selected Hill with the eighth overall choice in the 2009 NBA draft.
Hill grew up in Chesterfield, Virginia and attended Chesterfield County School District. There, he played varsity basketball for four years. As a senior, he averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game.
During his college career, he spent some time at power forward but can also play center. His best season was 2010-11 when he averaged 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds for Duke. After being dismissed from Duke in 2012, he decided to retire from basketball to focus on his future.
However, on April 23, 2013, it was announced that Hill had returned to Duke for the 2013-14 season. He will be able to play right away for the Blue Devils since no other players were added to the roster after his return.
In 2014, he started for the Golden State Warriors during the playoffs as a power forward. However, during Game 1 of the series, Draymond Green was able to play above the rim which allowed Hill to move back to center.
After the season, he declared himself eligible for the NBA draft in 1996. In the 1996 NBA draft, he was taken fourth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks, then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the draft rights to Ray Allen (who was drafted directly after him) and a future first-round choice. He played only one season with the T'Wolves, before being traded again, this time to the New York Knicks for Sam Cassell and Chris Mills. He lasted one season with the Knicks, before being traded to the Boston Celtics for Antoine Walker.
In his only season with the Bucks, Marbury averaged 20.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. With the Timberwolves, he averaged 22.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game. With the Knicks, he averaged 17.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. With the Celtics, he averaged 14.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.
Overall, he averaged 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game during his only season in the NBA.
Marbury went on to have a very successful career in China where he was considered as one of the best players of all time. He returned to the NBA in 2009, when he signed with the Atlanta Hawks.
The Golden State Warriors selected him in the second round (31st selection) of the 2001 NBA Draft on June 27, 2001. Signed as a free agent with the Washington Wizards on August 8, 2003. Traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Michael Jordan and Larry Johnson on February 23, 2004. Waived by the Hornets on March 10, signed by the New York Knicks the next day. Released by the Knicks on March 21.
He played only one season in the NBA, appearing in 70 games for the Wizards and Hornets. He averaged 7.6 points per game.
Arenas is the son of Felton and Ruby Arens. He has two siblings; a brother named Fletcher and a sister named Felicia. He grew up in Woodland Hills, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. His parents divorced when he was young. After his father died of a heart attack when Felton was 14 years old, his mother moved the family to Virginia so she could start over without having to pay alimony. She later married Joe Murphy, who adopted Felton and his siblings. They had three children together: a daughter named Zoe and twins named Harley and Hunter.
At the age of 18, Arenas dropped out of George Mason University to pursue a career in basketball.