I have been getting real irritated at people who post about "Monta should be traded" or "he’s a ball hog" and my least favorite "Monta and Curry cannot play in the same backcourt." Let me share why these statements make my blood boil.
Haven't you guys notice a trend within the Warriors management? Players like Antawn Jamison, Jason Richardson, Matt Barnes and Micheal Pietrus are all good basketball players who contribute to their team’s success. Baron Davis and Gilbert Arenas weren’t in the playoffs this year but we already know what Baron could do and Gilbert is definitely an all-star when healthy (and gun-free). All I'm saying is I don't want to add Monta Ellis to that list. Trading away players who have talent for young draft prospects(unless they are obvious studs), expiring contracts and cap space does nothing but make our team worse by blowing out that little light of hope.
I agree that Monta Ellis is most effective playing off the ball (in 2007 his stats were: 20.2ppg .53 fg% and 2.14 TO) and he should not be the leader of this team. That does not mean he should be shipped out. I don't know if you guys remember but he didn't want to be the leader of this team. I remember him saying "somebody else gonna have to step up” when Jackson got traded. But who would step up? Curry was still developing. We had a ton of injuries and even if they were healthy, who would have been our leader. Monta ball hogged because that was what our coach and management told him to do(a ball hog seems a tad bit harsh to me given that he shot at the same percentage as Wade and Kobe with 5 assists per game). Although, he definitely surprised me on how much he could put on his shoulders. Playing 40 minutes per game is no easy task. For that, I salute him. He could have complained like Jackson or Harrington, but did what he was told and kept his composure for the most part. Monta Ellis is an above average player. You should always keep a player who is above average unless that player is obviously the reason why your team is unsuccessful even after you surround him with good players (not just d-leaguers and a rookie). Only then should you look to trade a player.
The whole Monta and Curry can't play together statement is all wrong. They only played together for one year. Not only that, but no earlier than January did we find out how good Curry would be. So it was really only a couple of months! Just because other teams get lucky with instant chemistry when they bring in new players doesn't mean ours will. Let them grow together. This isn't NBA 2K10. Players who play together for a long time know their team mates tendencies and make each other better because of it. Also, you can still be successful with two undersized guards in the backcourt (see Dallas and Chicago). Our front court desperately needs help. We suck at rebounding, but somehow we still compete thanks to Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. When we are not dead last at rebounding, then let’s bring up the subject of moving Ellis if we are still losing. For right now, it's way too soon to even think about it.