For two and a half seasons, Monta Ellis and Steph Curry co-existed on the Warriors.
But the group didn’t obtain any success with the undersized backcourt duo.
So in the center of the 2011-12 period, the Warriors broke up the pair by trading Ellis and Ekpe Udoh to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.
That go was the starting of an on-court revitalization for the Warriors. Curry was absolutely free to get manage of the team, and the franchise has long gone to heights it could only aspiration of about the final 8 decades.
Ellis was a fan favourite for Dub Nation, so the trade stung. But former Warriors executive Jerry West thinks Curry is who he is currently simply because of the Ellis trade.
“I assume when there was a trade made up there, it gave him more place to do factors, and also have the ball in his palms,” West told 95.7 The Game’s Damon Bruce, Ray Ratto and Matt Kolsky on Friday. “If you have someone that can do a little something seriously effectively and you you should not have the ball in your fingers or you will not have gamers that compliment you, it truly is more durable to attain the excellence he is reached.
“A very well-liked participant for the duration of my time up there, Monta Ellis was traded and to me, that opened up [Curry’s] potential to develop into who he is today. I assume it made him more self-assured. They weren’t a excellent, I assume, pair with each other, and they were being each marvelous players, seriously great gamers. But I think Steph was the particular person that had the most development still left in him, and when Monta remaining, you’re viewing Steph Curry of nowadays.”
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The following year, the Warriors commenced a streak of 7 straight playoff appearances. Curry’s greatness started out to glow brightly and it swiftly turned apparent the Warriors created the appropriate preference to trade Ellis.
With Klay Thompson taking over the shooting guard spot following to Curry, the duo fashioned 1 of the most deadly backcourts the NBA has at any time viewed.
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Curry would go on to get the NBA MVP award in 2014-15 and 2015-16 while guiding the Warriors to a few NBA titles and five straight appearances in the NBA Finals.
The NBA has been revolutionized by Curry around the very last ten years, and it could possibly not have transpired if the Warriors had hung on to Ellis.