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Monta Ellis is a shooting guard, but he is capable of handling the point guard duties and would thrive alongside Bryant.
With the Golden State Warriors, Ellis dominated the ball—partly because he had a green light to, but also because there was no clear point guard on the team.
Los Angeles would prove to be a different story. Ellis would be playing next to one of the greatest to ever grace the court, and his role would be unquestionable; he would know he was the second offensive option and that his first course of action is to feed Bryant.
A straight-up trade of Odom for Ellis would go through, but Hollinger’s analysis hypothesizes that the Warriors' win total increases by four while the Lakers’ decreases by three.
While this may deter some Lakers fans from making such a move, keep in mind Ellis is listed as a shooting guard. The fact that he would run he point changes everything.
Ellis can score as well as pass, and he gives Los Angeles another superstar to pair with Bryant, as well as for the future.
Additionally, we must not forget that Bryant would welcome his youth and scoring, as it lifts much of the burden to win off his shoulders.
Ellis may have struggled in finding an identity with Golden State, but alongside Bryant, role confusion becomes a non-issue, making this a dangerous pairing.