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The Monta Ellis Injury: Fantasy Sleeper Search
September 6
, 2008

Monta Ellis' injury to his ankle included a torn deltoid ligament, a Grade 3 high ankle sprain, and a syndesmosis disruption. Well, that is quite a mouthful of injuries.  He had surgery that was labeled "successful" similar to just about every other NBA surgery I have heard reports on.  At this time Ellis has a possible return date close to January 1, 2009 if all goes well.

Marcus Williams will be given the opportunity to take command of the starting point guard position which is a key ingredient for a career 16 mpg player to be labeled a preseason sleeper.  Projecting his career averages to 32 mpg he can be expect to average 12 points, 6 assists, 1 steal, and 2 treys.  The treys in particular could make him attractive in leagues that consider that category.   

As a third year player, it would not be a surprise to see him exceed those averages as these players typically realize improvements in their per minute production.  Also, his transition to the more open Golden State offense could be advantageous for him. Targeting him in the later rounds of drafts is justified however be prepared for a player who may be a liability in the field goal percentage category.

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