Monta Ellis' Comparison to D-Wade Takes Irrational Confidence to Whole New Level

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2012

Monta Ellis has always been an above-average shooting guard in the NBA, but he's gone a bit off the deep end, comparing himself to Dwyane Wade.

Now, I'm all for confidence in a player, but there's a fine, dotted line in between confidence and delusion. This is well into delusion.

Honestly, I had to pause and laugh after the first five seconds of the video. The thought of Ellis putting himself in the same category as Wade is ridiculous.

After I collected myself, I kicked the video back on and figured it makes sense to hear the argument he uses to support this insane claim.

He thinks the only thing that Wade has that he doesn't is more wins and two rings. Does that make sense to anybody else?


"Monta Ellis have it all." - Monta Ellis

— Eric Freeman (@freemaneric) December 30, 2012


Those words will forever live in infamy. There's so much wrong with that statement that I've got no idea where to begin.

Let's just start where it seems easiest: Where Monta himself started.

Wade has two championships, whereas Monta has none. While that's not a hard and fast deal breaker between two players, it's not a good case for Monta.

But who knows? Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Elgin Baylor, Pistol Pete, Reggie Miller, Allen Iverson and George Gervin are all without titles, and we seem to have a pretty high opinion of those fellows.

Of course, if we want to stay on the track of awards and accomplishments, we can separate the two a bit further.

Wade's eight All-Star Game selections, seven All-NBA Team (first, second, and third combined) and three All-Defensive Team selections, Finals MVP award and seven top-12 finishes in MVP voting are all well and good.

However, do they compare to Monta Ellis' Most Improved Player award from 2007, and his...well, that's it actually.

But that's got to be a case of media and voter bias, right? Surely, statistics will tell a different story.

Well, maybe not.

Wade's career numbers dominate Ellis', averaging 25 points per game to Ellis' 19.6, five rebounds per game compared to Ellis' 3.7 and 6.1 assists compared to Ellis' 4.5.

To Ellis' credit, they both do average 1.7 steals per game, but Wade does it with sound defense, exploiting his opponents' weaknesses, while Ellis is more of a gambler than anything else.

Shooting-wise, Ellis has a career 46 percent field-goal percentage, 32 percent from the three-point line and 77 percent from the free-throw line. Wade is a 48 percent shooter and just 29 percent from the three-point line, with a similar 77 percent free-throw number.

But who knows, maybe Ellis is just talking strictly this season. Wade is averaging less than a point per game more than Monta.

Of course, the shooting percentages get a bit more skewed when we keep it focused on 2012. Ellis gives up over 10 percent, 40.1 percent to Wade's 51.3 percent from the floor. Heck, Wade even beats him from the three-point line, 31.8 percent to Ellis' pitiful 23.6 percent.

Let's just leave it at this: When it comes to shooting guards, there's Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant; James Harden is approaching the two of them, and then there's everybody else in some descending order.