Dale Ellis was a high scoring star for the Tennessee basketball team, and was chosen by the Dallas Mavericks - the 9th college player selected in the 1983 NBA draft.
Although he started slowly his first three seasons in the NBA, Dale Ellis became a big-name star after being traded to the Seattle SuperSonics prior to the 1986 season opener. Noted for his 3-point shooting he led the entire NBA in 3-point shots attempted in his first year in Seattle, making 86 of 240 tries, a .358 percentage, and, his 24.9 points per game was 8th best in the NBA. The next season he averaged 25.8 ppg and in 1988-89 recorded a career-high 27.5 ppg.
A long-term veteran NBA player Dale Ellis played from 1983-1984 through 1999-2000 and scored 19,004 career points in 1,209 games. He played in 10 postseason playoffs, and started 43 of a total of 73 games, scoring 1,011 points, averaging 13.8 ppg.