Ellington with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011
|No. 2 – Miami Heat|
November 29, 1987|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|College||North Carolina (2006–2009)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2014–2015||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Wayne Robert Ellington Jr. (born November 29, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the University of North Carolina from 2006 to 2009. He chose to forgo his final season of college eligibility to declare for the 2009 NBA draft, and was drafted 28th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has previously played for the Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets.
High school career
Ellington scored 2,211 points in his high school career, tallying 455 points at Daniel Boone High School, and then 1,756 points at The Episcopal Academy. He played at Episcopal along with Gerald Henderson Jr., a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. In his senior year, Ellington averaged 21.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and shot 39% from the three-point line. He led Episcopal to an overall record of 52–7 in his junior and senior year, and to the Inter-Academic League Conference title in his last two years going 20–0 in both seasons. (Episcopal doesn't play in state championships.)
Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Ellington was listed as the No. 1 shooting guard and the No. 8 player in the nation in 2006.
Ellington played in all 38 games for the ACC Champion Tar Heels in 2006–07, averaging 11.7 points per game. He was named to the 2007 ACC All-Tournament Team. His season ended on a sour note though, as North Carolina lost to Georgetown in the East Regional final of the NCAA Tournament. Ellington had a chance to win the game in regulation, but missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds. Ellington was a member of the U.S. national team that finished fifth at the 2007 Pan American Games.
As a sophomore, Ellington saw his points-per-game average increase as the Tar Heels increasingly went to him in key moments of games. In the January 6, 2008 game at Clemson, Ellington scored a career high 36 points, including the game winning three-pointer with 0:00.4 seconds left in overtime to lead top-rated UNC over #19 Clemson 90–88. But again, his season ended in a poor fashion, as he shot only 1 for 9 from three-point range, in a loss to Kansas in a national semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament. He declared for the 2008 NBA Draft after that season, but did not hire an agent, and withdrew to play his junior year at North Carolina.
As a Junior, Ellington helped lead the Tar Heels to the National Championship, where they defeated the Michigan State Spartans 89–72. He shot 7–10 from three-point range in the Final Four, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team and was named NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
On April 23, 2009, Ellington announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft.
|2006–07||North Carolina Tar Heels||38||11.7||2.9||2.1||0.8||0.0||.433||.371||.836||23.9||1.2|
|2007–08||North Carolina Tar Heels||39||16.6||4.5||2.0||1.1||0.2||.467||.400||.826||31.1||1.7|
|2008–09||North Carolina Tar Heels||38||15.8||4.9||2.7||1.0||0.2||.483||.417||.777||30.4||1.6|
Minnesota Timberwolves (2009–2012)
Memphis Grizzlies (2012–2013)
On November 11, 2012, Ellington recorded a career high of 25 points against the Miami Heat. He also made a career high seven three pointers.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2013)
Dallas Mavericks (2013–2014)
On July 26, 2013, Ellington signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
Los Angeles Lakers (2014–2015)
On June 25, 2014, Ellington, along with Shane Larkin, José Calderón, Samuel Dalembert and two 2014 second-round picks, was traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. On August 6, 2014, he was traded again, this time to the Sacramento Kings, along with Jeremy Tyler and a 2016 second round pick, in exchange for Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw. On September 3, 2014, he was waived by the Kings.
On September 22, 2014, Ellington signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. On November 11, 2014, he took an indefinite leave of absence from the Lakers after his father was shot and killed in Philadelphia. He returned to action on November 21 and finished the season having played 65 games after being ruled out for the rest of the season on April 2, 2015 with a shoulder injury.
Brooklyn Nets (2015–2016)
On July 10, 2015, Ellington signed with the Brooklyn Nets. On December 28, 2015, he scored a season-high 26 points and tied a career-high with seven three-pointers made in a 111–105 win over the Miami Heat. On April 27, 2016, Ellington was named recipient of the 2015–16 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA).
Miami Heat (2016–present)
On July 10, 2016, Ellington signed with the Miami Heat. He made his debut for the Heat on November 28, 2016 against the Boston Celtics after missing the first 16 games of the season with a bruised thigh; he played 27 minutes and scored nine points.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Wayne Ellington
- Wayne Ellington Recruiting Profile
- "UNC escapes OT at Clemson thanks to last-second 3-pointer by Ellington." ESPN.com. Retrieved on January 7, 2008
- Associated Press (2009-04-23). "Lawson, Ellington entering draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- Taylor, Nate. Last first-round pick delivers guard only sweep, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 26, 2009.
- "Grizzlies acquire Wayne Ellington". NBA.com. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
- "Grizzlies vs Heat, November 11, 2012". NBA.com. 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
- "Cavaliers Acquire Speights, Ellington, Selby and Future First Round Pick From Grizzlies". NBA.com. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- "MAVS SIGN SWINGMAN ELLINGTON". NBA.com. July 26, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
- "Knicks Acquire Calderon, Three Others in Dallas Trade". NBA.com. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- "Kings Acquire Jeremy Tyler, Wayne Ellington and 2016 Second-Round Draft Considerations in Trade with New York". NBA.com. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- "Kings Waive Wayne Ellington". NBA.com. September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
- "Lakers Sign Wayne Ellington". NBA.com. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- Lakers' Wayne Ellington takes leave after fatal shooting of his father
- Wayne Ellington Injury Update
- "BROOKLYN NETS SIGN WAYNE ELLINGTON". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
- "Ellington's 7 3-pointers help Nets rally past Heat, 111-105". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 28, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
- Nets' Wayne Ellington Wins 2015-16 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
- "HEAT Announce Free Agent Signings". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 10, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
- "Thomas scores 25, Celtics get past Heat 112-104". ESPN.com. November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
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