Monta Ellis is a professional Guard currently playing for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and a co-founder of All In Entertainment. Ellis entered the 2005 NBA Draft after graduating from Lanier High School. Monta was drafted in the second round by the Golden State Warriors. He is known for his spectacular speed, earning him the nickname “The Mississippi Missile”, and also for being a prolific scorer, capable of making difficult shots and taking over games in high-pressure situations.
In June of 2013, Monta won the Social Media Award’s “For The Win” Award for his buzzer beater over the Houston Rockets on February 27, 2013. The next month, he signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
In addition to his talents on the court, he is known for his generosity off the hardwood. Monta was named co-winner of the 2010-11 Golden State Warriors Foundation Community Service Award. In the summer of 2010, Monta launched the ME8 Foundation to assist families and children in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Bay Area. He has sponsored two Feed The Children events, which helps distribute food to more than 1,200 local families in need. Monta also dedicates his time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their families and for the past five seasons, purchased 25 tickets to every home game and donated those tickets to various children’s groups.
In 2008-09, Monta and teammate Andris Biedrins helped to unveil a newly refurbished basketball court at the Leonard J. Meltzer Boys & Girls Club in Oakland as part of Toyota Project Rebound. That same year, he joined forces with fellow NBA player Maurice Williams to host the Mississippi Celebrity Basketball Game at Jackson State University.
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