Golden State Warriors: Why Monta Ellis?

derrick brownContributor IJuly 31, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 15:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a call during action against the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on March 15, 2010 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)
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Everyone wants and deserves a winner but when the chips are down, we so desperately need a scapegoat.

Typically, when team problems arise the head or leader is sought to take the fall. In this complex and trying situation, Monta Ellis appears as that guy.

You hear his name used as the butt of jokes, negative acquisitions and most importantly, the reason behind the franchises recent woes.

Hmm, I guess we should get rid of this guy right?

Well, Ellis’ height and cloudy rep doesn’t really jump at other teams; consequently his market is incredibly small for a player of his caliber.

As some indication, the biggest NBA free-agency /player movement period to date is closing and there hasn’t been much on the table for Monta Ellis.

No we were offered O.J. Mayo and Hasheem Thabeet. Ray-Ray was offered as well…

O.J. Mayo is a lesser version of Ellis, with two or three more inches and about 25lbs. Like ME, Mayo is a black hole. If you pass him the ball, you can either crash the boards or trot down to the other end of the floor. Furthermore, his size may fool you into thinking he can play defense; but please don’t let it.

Now for the former number two draft pick...On second thought, I might get sick if I start talking about Thabeet.

So I guess we’re left with Ray Allen. If “left with Ray Allen” doesn’t give it away, we don’t want him! At this stage, Allen is no more than a streaky shooter with too many miles on his legs. Remember when Ray caught fire in game two of the playoffs, hitting a record 8 three pointers? Yes, he followed this amazing performance with a 0-13 shooting night. Still want good old’ Ray-Ray? (Pun intended).

I still rather have Ellis gone, let’s go forward with Steph. I like the Lee and Curry combo.

Curry will undoubtedly be a great combo guard when he finished. We have seen PG-PF combo’s all too much before to realize we’ll need more. Take your pick between the following: Nash/Stoudemire, Paul/West, and Williams/Boozer. They’ve all had decent runs, but nothing more than that.

Having that in mind, we should look to maximize our present value.

A lot of the player movement this summer has been positive, a lot. And yes, a few teams got better but those few teams have loaded up to contend. Until we can compete, we need to make smart rebuilding decisions.

In the meantime, keeping Monta Ellis in his prime will continue to sell tickets while pumping some short-lived excitement through the Bay.

I’m sorry to say, another subpar season is imminent. Let’s watch Curry grow, Ellis score and have Lee do his thing. Then after the Nelson era, we should have some money cleared to go after players that’ll compliment the value we have.  

So if not Ellis then who? I think Don knows what time it is.