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Steph Curry surpassed Ellis as the face of the organization with his play during his rookie season.
Much has been made of the comments Monta Ellis made during last season's training camp when he proclaimed that there was no way he could play in the same backcourt as Steph Curry.
This time around, all parties are singing a different tune. Ellis has appeared to come back from his summer in Mississippi with a new attitude and is ready to be half of one of the most explosive back courts in basketball.
But Joe Lacob has intimated that he may not be enthralled with having Ellis as his long-term shooting guard. There is talk of Ellis being the team's most tradeable asset if Lacob does indeed want a more traditional shooting guard.
Last season, the Warriors reportedly declined a trade involving Ellis for Memphis' O.J. Mayo and Hasheem Thabeet. After the fact, Don Nelson said that if he knew the deal was on the table, he would have made the trade in a heartbeat.
In reality, Ellis is on the team and ready to roll. The relationship between the two guards appears to be better than ever. The question is, can they blend their styles well enough to be effective?
Ellis is nearly impossible to stop one-on-one and his three-point shot is improving. Curry is by far the best shooter on the team, but is hampered by assist-to-turnover ratio. The ceiling for the duo is as high as any, but they both must be committed to making it work based on their contrast in styles.
If they can't make it work, expect Ellis to be traded unless the team chooses to move Curry for a superstar type player, like Carmelo Anthony.