Monta Ellis: Why Golden State Warriors Fans Shouldn’t Be Upset About Ellis Deal

March 20th, 2012 by Michael Broughton Leave a reply »
Last week, Monta Ellis, Kwame Brown, and Ekpe Udoh were tread to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. However, Jackson was almost immediately traded to the San Antonio Spurs in return for Richard Jefferson and a condition first-round pick.

Golden State Warriors fans quickly voiced there displeasure, claiming that the Warriors ended this season by trading one of the most gifted scorers in the NBA for an injury-prone center. Many fans were also upset over losing Ekpe Udoh, a young center out of Baylor who was really shining in his second year. While this may seem true, the fans should look much deeper into it.

While the Warriors were just a few games out of the playoffs at the time of the trade, they had to jump over five teams just to reach the eighth seed. With the way the Phoenix Suns has been playing, the solid frontcourt of the Utah Jazz and the solid all-around play by the Houston Rockets, it would have been tough for Golden State to squeeze into the playoffs.

This year was certainly not the one for the Warriors, and it was time they began looking towards the future. The two trades made do exactly that.

The first ...

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