Monta Ellis always boasted huge confidence in himself. The former guard dared to ask the Golden State Warriors to pick between him and a young Stephen Curry and even after the Dubs shipped him to the Milwaukee Bucks, he never lost that confidence, making even bolder claims during his time in Milwaukee. For instance, back in 2012, Ellis dared to compare himself with one of the greatest shooting guards the league has ever seen.
During an old interview, Ellis was talking about his talents and all the things he brought to the table. He claimed he was at the same level as Dwyane Wade and the only difference between them was that Wade had won more games and two championships. Just a little detail.
“To be honest, I would put myself in the same category as D-Wade. At the end of the day, the only thing he have that I don’t have is, you know, more wins and two championships… shooting inside, outside, fast break, transition, Monta Ellis have it all.”
Wade and Ellis would face off the next season in the playoffs, with Miami sweeping Milwaukee in the first round of the postseason. During that series, Ellis averaged 14.2 points per game, the best for his team in that item. As for Wade, 13.7 points per outing, as the third-best scorer in Miami. Sure, Ellis didn’t share touches with LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Shaquille O’Neal, but Flash is considered the third greatest shooting guard in NBA history right behind Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
There are levels to this, but Ellis was confident that he was at the same one as Wade.