NBA shooting guard rankings: No. 4 Monta Ellis

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Our rankings of the NBA's top 10 players at each position continues in this five-week series.

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We'll unveil two rankings a day, beginning on Monday mornings with the 10th best player at a position and ending on Friday afternoons with the best player at that position.

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This week: Shooting guards.

Monta Ellis

Shooting-guard ranking: 4th

Current team: Golden State Warriors

Height/Weight: 6-3,180

Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 26

Seasons with Warriors/in NBA: 6/6

2010-11 regular-season stats: 80 G, 40.7 mpg, .441 fg%, .362 3p%, .789 ft%, 24.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.6 apg

2010-11 advanced regular season stats*: 536 ts%, .493 efg%, 4.9 trb%, 107 ortg, 112 drtg, 18.6 PER

Contract status:Ellis has two years plus an option year in 2013-14. He is making $11 million per season.

Strengths: Ellis looks slight but he plays big. He is an entertaining scoring machine, and yes, the Warriors play a free-flowing style. But consider this: Last season Ellis scored 41 vs. Boston, 39 vs. Orlando, 38 vs. L.A. Lakers and 32 vs. Dallas --- all decent defensive teams.

Weaknesses: Some people scoff at Ellis' game, and he does take a high volume of shots. He can be turnover-prone. He doesn't play great defense, but few two-guards do.

The future: Ellis has been the subject of trade talks, but the Warriors aren't about to give him away.

*All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com. Here's what those advanced statistics mean:

ts%: True shooting percentage, a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.

efg%: Effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.

trb%: Total rebound percentage, an estimate of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.

ortg: Offensive rating, an estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.

drtg: Defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.

PER: Developed by ESPN.com's John Hollinger, PER stands for Player Efficiency Rating and is intended to measure per-minute productivity. It's adjusted for pace. The higher the number, the better. The league average for every season is set to 15.0.

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