Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry: Can an Undersized Backcourt Succeed in the NBA?

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Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry: Can an Undersized Backcourt Succeed in the NBA?
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The backcourt duo of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry has been highly criticized. The two have been at the center of countless trade scenarios. This is mainly due to their height, or lack there of. It is widely believed that two guards shorter than 6'4" are automatic defensive liabilities.

The prototypical height for point guards in the NBA is 6'3" to 6'4" and 6'5" to 6'6" for a shooting guard.The majority of shooting guards are over 200 pounds, and to weigh less is seen as a size disadvantage.

Ellis and Curry are both listed at 6'3" and 185 pounds. Basically the height and weight of two typical point guards, rather than a point guard and shooting guard.

However, with such a disadvantage, the two are the most productive backcourt in the NBA.

Many still blame the two guards for the Warriors' defensive struggles, and claim that such a small backcourt can't lead their team to the promise land. Some even ask whether their has ever been a successful undersized backcourt.

This article will illustrate just how successful this young combo already is. As well as what can be expected of them as they mature. Additionally, the following slides will include 10 historic undersized backcourts that set the mold for Ellis and Curry.  

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