Seattle SuperSonics, NBA
- NBA Most Improved Player (1987)
- NBA All-Star selection (1989)
- NBA Three-Point Shootout Champion (1989)
- 2× SEC Player of the Year selection at the University of Tennessee (1982–1983)
- Consensus NCAA All-American First Team (1983)
Dale Ellis currently holds the NBA record for most minutes played in a single game. On November 9, 1989, he scored 53 points in 69 minutes for the Seattle SuperSonics in a 155-154 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in five overtimes to secure the record. He is also seventh all-time in three-point shots made with 1,719, behind Peja Stojakovic, Chauncey Billups, Jason Terry, Jason kidd, Reggie Miller and Ray Allen, respectively.
Dale played for 17 seasons in the NBA, from 1983 to 2000, on six different teams: the Dallas Mavericks, SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets. Dale was drafted with the ninth pick overall by the Mavericks in the 1983 draft. Dale played shooting guard for the Mavericks for three years before joining the SuperSonics in 1986. Throughout his time in Seattle, Dale’s scoring percentage jumped from 7.1 points per game with the Mavericks to 24.9 points per game with the SuperSonics. Dale’s increasing success with the SuperSonics was recognized around the league, which awarded him the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 1987. Dale continued to star for the SuperSonics in the late 1980’s, with his scoring average topping out at 27.5 point per game during the 1988-1989 season. The 2,253 points he scored that season broke Spencer Haywood's franchise record of 2,251 and remained the SuperSonics/Thunder record until Kevin Durant broke it in 2009-2010. Dale was selected to the NBA All-Star Game during the same season, and scored 27 points for the West. Dale went on to serve as a reliable shooting guard for the Bucks, Spurs, Nuggets and Hornets before eventually retiring in 2000.
Before playing professionally, Dale played at the University of Tennessee where he was a two-time SEC player of the year in 1982 and 1983 and was a consensus first-team All-American in the 1982-1983 season. Dale also led UT to a SEC title in 1983 and to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.