Fans familiar with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, aka “Splash Brothers,” are aware of how vital 3-point shooting is in the modern NBA. It’s a skill that’s required in all positions, inlcuding centers nowadays. Gone are the days when players have specific areas on the floor where they can score from. The current NBA dictates that any player, regardless of position, should be a scoring threat. A former player, whose shooting skills could give the Splash Brothers a run for their money, thinks he would have excelled more if played in today’s NBA.
Dale Ellis: “I played in the Wrong Era”
During his heydays, Dale Ellis was a proven bucket getter. He could knock down shots anywhere on the floor. The shooting guard’s ability to score off the dribble, via quick-release, off the screen, or inside and outside the rainbow territory makes him an offensive powerhouse. Just look at some of his highlights below:
Ellis played 19 seasons in the NBA. He had a career 3-point percentage of 40 percent and 47.9 field goal percentage. The numbers were mind-blowing, considering he did it in 1,209 games. Due to his elite shooting skills, he shared in an interview hosted by former NBA player Michael Cooper that he probably played in the wrong era.
“I believe I did play in the wrong era. You know, there’s no such thing as a bad shot in this area. Now, it doesn’t matter if you’re a 7-footer or you’re a point guard, you know. I expect you to be able to shoot from distances.”
Dale Ellis, via NBA History & Legends on CLNS
With his career percentages, it’s true that Ellis probably played in the wrong era. He already played many years, but he would have enjoyed a longer career if he played in the small-ball era.
Ellis as an elite shooter
Ellis won the 3-point shooting contest in the All-Star game in 1989. He dethroned Craig Hodges, who was also a respected marksman in their time. The former Seattle Supersonics guard would appear in seven 3-point shootout contests, the most in NBA history behind Craig Hodges’ eight appearances.
In terms of the all-time list on 3-point connections, he leads more notable names such as Dell Curry, Danny Green, Peja Stojakovic, Ray Allen, and Reggie Miller.
Imagining Ellis as a player in the current NBA, he would have been a starter and a big problem for the opposing teams. Although he did not win any titles in his long career, it should not diminish his place in the history books as one of the elite shooters ever to play in the league.