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Here are two combo guards who are both very important to their teams, Brandon Roy, the leader of the young Portland Trail Blazers, and Monta Ellis, the very important high flier on the Golden State Warriors.
We will start with Brandon Roy, the heart and soul of the up and coming Portland Trail Blazers. Many people expect great things from the Blazers in the next few years and Roy is a big reason for it. The 6'6" guard can play either guard position but is more comfortable at the two spot.
Roy can get it done at both ends of the floor being an elite player in the league both offensively and defensively. In only his second year, he made the NBA All-Star team for the first time.
He is the best player on the Blazers and many expect him to progress to MVP status in a few years when the Blazers are moving up the Western Conference chain and winning some championships. Unfortunately, the Blazers just missed the playoffs last season.
Here are Roy's stats from last season: 19.1 ppg, 5.8 apg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 spg, and only 1.8 tpg. Roy is a very good shooter shooting 46 percent from the field, 79 percent from the line, and 34 percent from the three-point line. Roy is one of the greatest leaders in the league and he hasn't even turned 25 yet. (July 23rd)
There was some speculation about Monta leaving Golden State but this is not the case. With Baron Davis leaving, he will be the main man down in sunny California. With Davis gone, Ellis might be playing the point guard position even though he is better at shooting guard. Ellis is a better scorer and driver then Roy but not as good of shooter. He still is a good mid-range shooter, he gets most of his points of drives but it's only because defenders are playing him tight. His three point shooting needs work but he's cash from 15-20 feet.
He is a very good defensive player and is also speedy. Not many players can guard him because of his speed. Ellis' team also missed the playoffs last season by a small margin. People wonder if Monta can play the guard full time since most aren't sure if he is a good enough passer.
Here are Monta's stats from last season: 20 ppg, 5 rpg, 4 apg, 1.5 spg, and 2.4 tpg. Ellis has a very high field goal percentage but this is because he rarely shoots from the outside. He shot 53 percent from the field but only 23 percent from three. When he got to the line, he shot 77 percent.
For me it is a difficult decision which one I would choose. It totally depends what you are looking for. If you want a swingman who can take it to the hoop, it would be Ellis. However Roy is a bit more complete, and his leadership puts him over the top.
Verdict: Brandon Roy
TJ Zwarych is a columnist on bleacher report and also writes from hoops4life.com and tosports.ca