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When determining which guard is more valuable to the Warriors, rebounding is an important statistic to look at, since the Warriors' big men are so bad at this particular aspect of basketball.
Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry both averaged more rebounds per game than Ekpe Udoh, the big man who was drafted specifically to rebound and block shots.
Head-to-head, Curry rebounds the ball more often than Ellis does, but not by much.
Anyway, that stat is biased in Curry's favor. In order to rebound, one must stick around the defensive end long enough to pull the ball off the backboard. By the time the shot goes up, Ellis is already somewhere around half court, trying to run the lane for an easy two.
But you can't blame him for that very much, as it has been his role for years now.
With a new, defense-first mentality on the Warriors sideline, Ellis will be expected to commit to the defensive end of the court; as a result, his minutes per game will shrink a little.
Having a bit more left in the tank to use on defense will allow Ellis the chance to rebound the way he should.
Most guards rebound off of long misses, which tend to fall somewhere near the outside of the paint. With Ellis' speed, he can beat any guard to a 50/50 ball, and with his strength he can block out bigger players.