Wayne Ellington 50 EFG% and 82.6 percentile
Goran Dragic 48 EFG% and 79.4 percentile
James Johnson 47 EFG% and 45.3 percentile
That alone doesn't make Ellington a point God, but breaking out of his "Golden Arm" box to a “Golden Touch” one could lead to Miami having more options with him on the court. Surprisingly the Heat's leading spot-up shooter isn't Ellington, but Dion Waiters. The top three marksmen are:
Dion Waiters 59 EFG% and 81.0 percentile
Wayne Ellington 57 EFG% and 83.5 percentile
Tyler Johnson 53 EFG% and 71.1 percentile
Waiters prefers to shot outside the painted area and distributing from it, rather than cutting to the basket. Statistically Waiters had only 3 possessions on cuts to the basket for the entire season. James Johnson feasts on them, while Hassan Whiteside’s lob conversions count as cuts, as the numbers below show.
James Johnson 41 poss, 1.32 PPP, 72.7 EFG%, 62.9 percentile
Goran Dragic 30 poss, 1.20 PPP, 70.8 EFG%, 43.4 percentile
Josh Richardson 13 poss, 1.23 PPP, 66.7 EFG%, 48.7 percentile
Hassan Whiteside 235 poss, 1.27 PPP, 66.2 EFG%, 56.0 percentile
Wayne Ellington 12 poss, 1.17 PPP, 63.6 EFG%, 37.7 percentile
Dion Waiters 3 poss, 0.67 PPP, 33.3 EFG%, N/A percentile
Since Ellington can score in so many ways, he makes his teammates better by opening up the floor for them. This clip versus the Cavaliers shows his versatility in scoring and distributing the ball (notice Waiter's spot-up basket).
Again versus the Nuggets, Wayne does more than make baskets, but can pass the ball and take the team out on transition. In fact Ellington’s 89 percentile transition rating dwarfs Dragic’s 69 percentile. WE also leads the team in transition PPP at 1.34 and a 68 EF%. Dragic succeeds 60% of the time, compared to Ellington’s 54%, but Wayne’s higher PPP shows a willingness to finish with a 3-pointer in transition.
This highlight clip as a Laker shows Ellington's versality and athleticism he rarely displayed in his lone season as a Heat member.
Ellington's surprising ability as a pick & roll handler and Waiter's spot-up shooting powess leads to combinations other looking at both as shooting guards. Ellington could initiate the play and Waiters finish it off. And Ellington runs the floor very well.
Ellington isn't an isolation-type player, which is more to suited to LeBron James. His Cavaliers ran the most isolation plays, 891, in the NBA. Miami's favorite play was the spot-up shot with 1741 tries, but with a below league average of 37% made. They were the most successful team in the NBA running off screams with 46% accuracy, yet ran only 468 of them.
Ellington doesn't take the ball down court slowly in the traditional point guard fashion for half-court set pieces, but thrives in constantly beingin motion. He runs the pick & roll in an unconventional fashion: quicker than even the Dragon.
Other teams have to respect Ellington as a scoring threat no matter where he is on the court, when he is lit. Consistency has been a problem for him during his NBA career, thus far. Should he lick that issue, the ability to score at will in so many ways and anywhere on the court turns the Miami Heat offense into an elite one.