Monta Ellis to Bucks: Why Ellis Isn’t the Most Important Piece in the Deal

March 13th, 2012 by Matt Hines Leave a reply »
The Monta Ellis era in Oakland is over, and while the electrifying now former Warriors guard will certainly be the featured name in headlines across the country tomorrow, he isn’t the only key aspect to this deal.

It was well publicized throughout the league that the Bucks would ask for an arm and a leg for their franchise player Andrew Bogut, and while the Warriors were more than willing to move Ellis for the post defensive presence they’ve been desperately seeking, including 2010 first-round pick Ekpe Udoh as he started to show glimpses of his potential had to be extremely difficult for Golden State.

Udoh is a naturally gifted defender, and his scoring and rebounding have improved as head coach Mark Jackson inserted him into the lineup. He still has a lot of work to do if he wants to become an efficient everyday guy in the NBA, particularly on the glass, but Udoh was certainly a steal for the Bucks.

By prying Udoh from Golden State, Milwaukee theoretically fills two voids on their roster by finding the scoring threat that Stephen Jackson failed to be when they acquired him from Charlotte on draft day and replacing the injured Bogut ...

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