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Why Klay Thompson Works so Perfectly with Steph Curry
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The Golden State Warriors have made such a dramatic turnaround as a franchise over the last two years that attributing the change to one move seems overly simple.

That being said, there is no getting around the magnitude of the Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut swap that occurred on March 13, 2012.

At face value, this trade appears to be a steal. Sending an undersized, defensively challenged shooting guard away for an elite interior defender is a no-brainer.

But the real genius in this move lies not in the small, offensively-inclined guard that Golden State traded, but the one it kept.

The Warriors could have just as easily shipped out Stephen Curry, who's resume and injury history were both more suspect than Ellis'.

Instead, the team sent away Ellis, banking on the fact that rookie winger Klay Thompson would make a better backcourt mate for Curry.

The trade also helped ensure that the Warriors land in the lottery (Bogut was injured at the time), draft Harrison Barnes, trade for Jarrett Jack, make the 2013 playoffs and sign Andre Iguodala, sure. And of course, it gave the team a dominant big man.

Most of all, though, it gave birth to the "Splash Brothers," a backcourt that is famous for shooting but dominant for so many other reasons.

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