Bucks – Warriors: Down the Road Trade Review


Apr 23, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis (11) during the game against the Toronto Raptors at the Bradley Center. The Bucks defeated the Raptors 92-86. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The Warriors gave away one of the most underrated players in the league, who had the potential to go head to head with some of the better NBA players. He drew attention from LeBron and Kobe, two of the NBA’s best players. Coaches such as Greg Poppovich made it their primary focus to slow Ellis down in the game. So much for that. Against the Spurs, Monta scored 38 points. The only other player who scored more than him against Greg Poppovich’s Spurs was Michael Jordan. Of course, there’s no comparison there, yet.

The Bucks traded away Andrew Bogut. Easily one of the best centers in the NBA. He can rebound, score, defend, and do it all. The difference between the two, other than their position, is that Bogut is injury prone, and Monta Ellis is tougher than ever. Ellis went down against the Thunder with a hyper-extension in his knee: many said that was it for the season. What did he do? He played the next day and scored 33 points. Monta Ellis was a true Warrior.

Despite all these good things that I have to say about Ellis, the trade ends up working for the Warriors. They lacked size, the trade gives them size. They lacked good rebounding, the trade gives them that as well. They lacked defensive intensity, the trade also gives them that. Bogut played very well for Milwaukee, but hasn’t proven himself to the Warriors yet. Now that he’s nearing full rehabilitation, the Warriors have to put him to better use than Monta Ellis.

Curry and Bogut will be a feared combo, and Curry and Thompson will be a feared backcourt. This trade, down the road, worked out perfectly for the Warriors.

What about the Bucks? The Bucks may think that they’re getting a good deal with Monta Ellis, but it may or may not work out for them.

May Not:

-Ellis and Jennings are both elite players, but they both like to play PG. You can’t start two PG’s it just doesn’t work like that.

-A similar problem to the Curry-Ellis dilemma may play out here.

May Work:

-Ellis is all the things I’ve described him as. He’s literally a superman. Ellis knows how to change his game into more of a SG style. He will feel free to take the point whenever Jennings is out.

You tell me, fans. Looking back at the trade, and into the future, was this a good trade? Who was it good for? Comment Below.