The 3 Best Trades In Golden State Warriors’ History

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No. 2: Fan Favorite Packed Away For Injury-Prone Big Man

Warriors Receive  Andrew Bogut, Stephen Jackson

Bucks Receive  Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, Kwame Brown

Feb 20, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) controls the ball against Phoenix Suns shooting guard Jared Dudley (3) and center Marcin Gortat (4) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Phoenix Suns 108-98. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In his first season with the Warriors, Bogut missed much of the first half with injuries, and the trade was thought of as a bust. Ellis was a fan favorite in Oakland, and much to the sadness of Warriors fans, was continuing his high-scoring antics in Milwaukee.

Yet, like the Jackson trade, the Warriors made the playoffs and even advanced to the second round. The Bogut-Ellis trade that was deemed a bust turned out to benefit the Warriors significantly. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had breakout years. Ellis was, and is still an extremely talented player, but his presence on the Warriors was not conducive to the growth of either Curry or Thompson.

Even Bogut, who only managed to play in 32 games in the regular season, had a breakout performance in the playoffs. His presence changed the tone of each series and provided a physical presence that could not be matched by the opposition.

The Warriors blew up their “We Believe” team after two successful seasons and mired in mediocrity again for another four seasons. Thankfully, their playoff drought did not last nearly as long as the last. Much like the late 1980′s to early 1990′s, the Warriors began drafting well and stockpiled young, exciting talent that would help turn the franchise around. The trade that sent Ellis to Milwaukee and Bogut to Golden State punctuated the end of an era of dysfunction.

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  • Federico Rocha

    I would have made the Bogut trade number one. Not because it is largely responsible for re-shaping last year’s team but because to evaluate the Davis or Stephen Jackson trades you really have to look at them together.

    Individually I don’t think they had the impact of the Bogut trade which paved the way for Curry to take over and Thompson to step up. It changed the culture from one where we just played a glorified game of ‘HORSE’ to one where we actually try to implement offensive balance and make an effort to stop people defensively.

    Time will tell about the lasting impact of the Bogut trade but it looks good so far.

    An interesting article would be to trade year to year player transactions. As you mention, so much has to be considered with cash considerations, draft picks, etc that often times the beauty is found not just in the initial players of a trade but the draft rights, ability to resign existing players, etc. It all fits together like a big puzzle.

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