When the Monta Ellis-Steph Curry dynamic duo didn’t translate to much success on the court, the Warriors had to take action.
That action included breaking up the pair and sending Ellis and Ekpe Udoh to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson during the 2011-12 season.
Ellis entered the league right out of high school after being selected by Golden State with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, and spent seven of his 12 NBA seasons in the Bay.
Ellis was a fan favorite, so the trade didn’t sit well with many at the time.
A few days after the trade, Dub Nation let Warriors CEO Joe Lacob hear it as Oracle Arena erupted in boos when the mic was handed over to Lacob.
But Warriors fans weren’t mad for long, and Ellis admitted splitting the duo worked out in the end.
“I was right. At the end of the day, I probably could have posted that a little bit better. But at that time, the West had big, big guards and they were pretty good,” Ellis told 95.7 The Game’s "Steiny and Guru" on Friday. "So when you have two small, 180-pound guards at the 1 and the 2 positions and playing in the West, it was hard. Like I said, it worked out. I always said it went the way it should have.”
It worked out, indeed.
Seven consecutive playoff appearances, five NBA Finals appearances and three championships later, it was clear the Warriors made the right decision to trade Ellis.
The trade also allowed Steph to take on a leadership role which helped shape him into the NBA superstar he is today.
And although Ellis didn’t go as far with the three NBA teams he joined after leaving Golden State, the former Warriors guard can admit the right move was made.