10 Reasons Why The Golden State Warriors Are Going To The Playoffs

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2. The Monta Ellis and Andrew Bogut Trade

Mar 9, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis (11) makes a shot under the reach of Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) in the second quarter at ORACLE arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

In terms of team chemistry, reputation, and the team’s style of play, trading Monta Ellis arguably did more for the Warriors organization than acquiring Andrew Bogut did. Monta Ellis’ selfishness and immaturity on and off the court hindered the Warriors’ development into a playoff-caliber team. In addition, the Warriors got a solid center that they’ve been lacking for so long.

What if Monta Ellis was still on the Warriors? They surely wouldn’t be a playoff team. That’s for sure.