It’s been more than a year since the Golden State Warriors traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut, but reporters still manage to sneak in the occasional question regarding the trade.
Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com reported that Warriors head coach Mark Jackson about how the trade has basically effected the dynamics of the team.
And Jackson’s response wasn’t all too colorful if you’re Monta Ellis:
It helped change the culture. Obviously it was easier to pull the trigger because we knew what we had in Klay and it was time for him to be a starting two-guard. And he does everything right.
Jackson became Golden State’s coach in what would be Ellis’ final year with the Warriors. While Jackson’s comments may be bold, don’t discount what Ellis did for the Warriors. From 2006-07 to 2011-12, he averaged 21.1 points in 37.9 minutes per game. His ability to penetrate the gaps was and still is his hallmark.
But on the negative side of the spectrum, Ellis was inefficient, like most scorers are. He needed 20-plus shots to score 25-plus points, on most nights, that is.
Was Jackson a bit bold considering he only coached Ellis for less than a full season? Perhaps. Then again, he has a winning formula with this current Warriors team. So maybe he isn’t one to be question at this point.