Golden State Warriors: Will They Survive With Monta Ellis at The Point?
It's been a hectic summer for the Golden State Warriors' front office that has been promptly carried out on the fans.
Being a crazy Warriors fan, I can tell you I have been concerned about one matter since the abrupt departure of Baron "$$" Davis: Who will be playing the point guard position for the Warriors new season?
Not one Warriors fan out there can assertively chatter about the Warriors' future in that certain area. Everybody acknowledges that Ellis cannot effectively play the point guard position due to his high scoring ability at the shooting guard position.
The Mississippi Bullet's ability to create plays and ultimately make the team better poses a huge question mark at the age of 23. Although Don Nelson and Chris Mullin both expressed their comfort for Monta Ellis to control the team, both very well know that he can't get the job done.
After all, Ellis has yet to become that superstar the team can rely on. Basing a single-season performance on the franchise's future can be quite deceptive.
Point guards come into this grinding league exhibiting point guard-like qualities that include: Increasing assist numbers in the first three years and lower turnover numbers as well.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury made a brief comparison between Ellis in his first three years and current point guard stars with compelling stats.
Ellis has averaged 3.4 assists and 2.2 turnovers in his career and got it to 3.9/2.1 last year.
Allen Iverson is a career 6.3/3.7. In his first three seasons, he averaged 7.5, 6.2 and 4.7 assists.
Jason Terry is a career 5.0/2.2 and was 4.3 assists or above in his first three seasons.
Gilbert Arenas is a career 5.5/3.3 and averaged 3.7, 6.3 and 5.0 assists in his first three seasons.
Davis, by the way, is a career 7.2/2.8. Last year he was 7.6/2.8.
By the likes of these shining numbers, Ellis' numbers has shown the "don't" side of what point guards usually demonstrate throughout the NBA.
To top this, Ellis has become a great individual scorer the Warriors can definitely pair up with the explosive Corey Maggette.
In addition, Ellis has rarely shown the ability to create plays for other players on the court when the opposing defense overloads him. It's what lead point guards do in this league; they break through defenses in the smoothest way possible. If they can't, they give up the ball.
Quite frankly, Ellis' stats vividly portray the qualities of a lead shooting guard. A tremendous increase in scoring over a short period of time (a year in this case for Ellis) has him drawing comparisons to ex-Warrior Jason Richardson, for example.
But for Mully and Nellie to just throw Ellis into that lead guard spot and expect him to transform into a Steve Nash with a 200 percent raise could prove decieving. It does not necessarily mean that he'll be compatible in this decisive position.
Plus, Ellis can't run the team due to his high scoring ability and his AGE. At this age, making a transfer to a key position on the team could negatively impact Ellis' talent. His age restricts him because he has yet to assert himself in his original position.
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