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Will Monta Ellis Dictate the No. 7 Pick?

Jun 16, 2009 – 9:25 AM
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Tom Ziller

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Conventional wisdom to this point has Golden State looking point guard at No. 7 in next week's NBA Draft. As I joked a few weeks ago, everyone but Monta Ellis realized this season that Monta Ellis is not an NBA point guard, even for a team as epileptic as the Warriors. With a stable of young big men (Andris Biedrins, Anthony Randolph, Brandan Wright) and wings (Stephen Jackson, Jamal Crawford, Ellis), an offensive ringleader for this crew is what's needed. I think.

But Ellis still thinks he can be that dude. Hence the problem. Both DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony and the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami reported within hours of each other that Warriors coach Don Nelson and GM Larry Riley recently flew back east this month to diffuse the (re-)budding clash with Ellis. According to Kawakami, the team may have promised Ellis it would not draft a point guard. Givony thinks Golden State might prefer Arizona power forward Jordan Hill to the likes of Brandon Jennings and Jrue Holiday anyways.

Regardless, it's a bit troubling that a player who can't handle the point is apparently pitching a snitch over the team's attempt to get a point guard. Doesn't Ellis know that it's easier to play off the ball than to run the show? Doesn't he remember he already signed his big contract? Does he think Holiday is going to take away more shots than, say, DeMar DeRozan would? It doesn't make any sense.

It's almost as if the new paradigm shift toward "pure" point guard (what a trope/what tripe) has emasculated the combo guard. Like, if you're a combo guard who doesn't run a team, you're no baller at all. Again, it's stupid. But I wonder if that's what Ellis (by no one's yardstick a brilliant young man, lest we forget the moped of doom) thinks. Oh well. Time to shrug and wait for June 25 or a trade demand, whichever happens first.
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