Throughout the past couple years, stability on the Golden State Warriors has been hard to find.The main bright spot of the team over the last couple years, while setting aside the debate for Steph Curry, has been Monta Ellis. You either love Monta, and immediately shun me for posting this, or you agree 100%.
Last season, as many of you readers know, Monta was a very good scorer. You could argue that the main reason for this was his shot attempt per game average was relatively high (21.9). However, his ranking at number 6 in the league can make it worthwhile. Also, he was 3rd in steals, with 2.23.
When thinking about this, also keep in mind he is NOT a true point guard, whereas Curry is. Plus, there is some market value for Ellis, so right now might be the ideal time. Yes it would be another loss from that playoff team a couple years ago, but for the right price how could they say no?
A trade such as Mayo and Thabeet for Ellis sounds intriguing, but would it definitely be an improvement? The main question this comes down to is this; who do you want running the franchise on the floor- Monta Ellis, or Stephen Curry?
On one hand you have a great scorer who draws comparisons to one of the greats, Allen Iverson. On the other, you have a "lights out" shooter and distributor, and can rebound and defend above average for a 6'3 rookie. The sad thing is that the more I watched the Warriors, the more I realized that these two young men just don't mesh well together. In a dream world, they'd form a dynamic duo that would be seemingly unstoppable; however, that is not the case.
The Warriors are a team where all they can go is up, they just need to stay away from injuries and put the best TEAM players on the court. I believe that unless Monta takes a more limited role, one that doesn't demand he always have the ball in his hands, and instead trust in Steph, that it may be time to cut the chord.