While you may know him as the best player in the league with acne, Monta Ellis racked up another distinction yesterday: he was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. The 40th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Monta started 53 games this year for Nellie’s Warriors after hardly playing at all last year. The second-year pro averaged 16.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
With his free-wheeling style and aesthetically-challenged nature, Ellis is a perfect fit in the Warriors athletic, ugly backcourt.
The last Warrior to win the MIP Award was another lightning quick guard taken in the 2nd round, Mr. Gilbert Arenas. And that worked out well for the Warriors.