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Dale Ellis



Dale Ellis 6'7 born August 6, 1960 in Marietta, Georgia (University of Tennessee) One of the best shooters to play the game of basketball, Dale Ellis had a remarkable 18 year career in the NBA (1983-2000), playing for six NBA Franchises. Ellis played in 1,209 games and had career averages of 15.7 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, a .479 field goal percentage, and a .403 three point field goal percentage. He is third all-time in three-point shots made with 1,719, and is 12th all-time in three point field goal percentage. He holds the NBA record for most minutes played in a single game, when he scored 53 points in 69 minutes (out of a possible 73) for the SuperSonics in a 155-154 loss to the Bucks in five overtimes on November 9, 1989. In addition, Dale Ellis was a NBA All-Star Weekend 3-point Shootout Winner, a NBA All-Star, and NBA Most Improved Player. After his time at the University of Tennessee, Ellis was selected ninth overall in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Ellis was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Al Wood on July 23, 1986. His playing time increased significantly, and his regular season scoring average reflected this as it jumped from 7.1 points per game with the Mavericks to 24.9 points per game with the SuperSonics. Ellis' rise with the SuperSonics was recognized around the league, which awarded him the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 1987. Ellis continued to star for the SuperSonics in the late 1980s, with his scoring average topping out at 27.5 point per game during the 1988-89 season. The 2,253 points he scored that season broke Spencer Haywood's franchise record of 2,251 and remains the SuperSonics record to this day. Ellis was selected to the NBA All-Star Game during the same season, and scored 27 points for the West. In all, Ellis spent four and a half seasons with the SuperSonics before once again being traded, this time to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ricky Pierce. Following the conclusion of the 91-92 season, he found himself traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Tracy Murray. Ellis is remembered for his accurate 'catch and shoot' rhythm coming off the low post and baseline screens.
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