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For Warriors, Monta Ellis Trade Inevitable

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 27:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors and Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets scramble for a loose ball at Oracle Arena on January 27, 2010 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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K ShakranSenior Analyst IFebruary 6, 2010

Manipulating facts has constantly been a trademark of the Warriors' organization the day Chris Cohan decided to buy his 80 percent stake in the franchise.

Through their most loyal and hypocritical member, Bob Fitzgerald (Warriors' play-by-play announcer), the Warriors have valued touting a failing product that has no coherent goal.

One of the most hazy aspects that the organization clearly attempts to bury is the Warriors' starting backcourt of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry.

Despite the Warriors' horrendous record at 13-35, day-to-day broadcasts consistently indicate the productiveness of the back-court on the offensive end, but bluntly dismisses the defensive flaws they commit.

Evidently, Ellis' defense has vastly improved, as he is forced to guard the opponent's best guards every game. Curry has been a surprise at the defensive end as well, consistently moving his feet and contesting the correct way.

The Warriors' backcourt averages a combined 4 steals per game, which overshadows their limitations on the defensive end. The Warriors lead the league in opponents points scored, opponent field goal percentage, and opponent 3-point percentage.

The most vivid reason behind those stats is the backcourt. Both Ellis and Curry stand at 6'3'', 185 pounds, and have difficulty staying with their man on every play.

Ellis, for example, ends up guarding a player like Trevor Ariza, who is 6'7'', and outweighs him by 25 pounds. Ellis has a strenuous mission of keeping up with physicality and quickness when facing much stronger and taller opponents.

The physicality Ellis has to endure on the defensive end takes its toll on the offensive end where he's averaging a league-high 4.1 turnovers per game.

Thus, the Warriors' backcourt does not have the ability to prevent guards' penetration to the basket, which leaves the front line of Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf in check for most of the game with foul trouble.

Consequently, Warriors give up an astounding 111.5 PPG to opponents, which usually outshines Ellis' spectacular offensive nights. After all, winning is the best measure for success in the NBA.

Bearing that in mind, Ellis and Curry cannot coexist on the same team. Despite Ellis' brilliant season, Curry remains the front runner for this franchise.

Scoring and quickness can be replaced in this league, but vision and astuteness cannot, which the Warriors need after the departure of Baron Davis two summers ago.

In order to build the right way, teams have to possess a high quality point guard who understands the intricacies of the game, let alone a player who has spent his whole life around the game of basketball.

Sooner rather than later, Warriors' fans have to accept that Ellis will eventually be traded. The moment Curry touched his first basketball in Warriors uniform, Ellis knew that a trade scenario would eventually occur.

After clearly informing the franchise that he wants Cto be the point guard of the future, Don Nelson selected Curry in the 2009 NBA draft.

It was all decided on that day: Curry is the Warriors' new franchise player.

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