Is Monta Ellis Ready To Be a Leader?

Kyle HylandContributor IJune 21, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 30:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the Memphis Grizzlies during an NBA game on March 30, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

As draft season approaches, the Warriors need to not only look at their future players, but also their current franchise player, Monta Ellis.

The Warriors made Ellis their man by signing the 23-year-old guard at $66 million for six years last summer. Since that signing, there have been questions about the young man's leadership abilities, as he injured his ankle on a moped last year. Ellis missed over a third of the season because of the injury as many have questioned his commitment to the team because of the incident. When Monta did return, to action he showed glimpses of what he can do and what he has done in the past, but not as point guard.

Another issue Golden State must face is their lack of a veteran's leadership. The Warriors were the youngest team in the NBA last year, and it showed in their inability to close out games and to produce at crunch time.

The Warriors need to answer the question: Do they really need another young player? The Warriors need to look into getting a veteran point guard to help lead the team like Baron Davis did two years ago. They must look into acquiring a player like Tracy McGrady who would provide veteran leadership.

Don Nelson is the last piece of the puzzle. He is one of the greatest coaches of all time, but the Warriors need to answer the question: Has the NBA caught up with "Nelly Ball?" The Warriors may need some youth on the coaching end, as Nelly seems to have checked out after collecting from Mark Cuban. It may be time to put the coach with the second-most wins out to pasture if the Warriors want to survive in the future.

As draft season approaches, the warriors need to answer these questions, or the fans will face another year of disappointment with so much potential.