Monta Ellis' move to Dallas wasn't exactly celebrated around the league.The former Golden State and Milwaukee guard was supposed to be too selfish too willing to shoot without conscience to be effective on a winner. But with the Mavericks in a playoff push, Ellis' play has been key in their success.Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki's pick-and-roll combination has been particularly potent.
The Mavs' .91 points per pick-and-roll plays is good for sixth best in the NBA. The Mavericks use PnR in more than a third of their offensive possessions, according to SynergySports. Ellis is a pick-and-roll ball handler for more than 46 percent of his plays.