Many Warriors’ fans groaned when the Warriors traded Monta Ellis to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. The Warriors were giving up one of the premier scorers in the NBA for an injured center and 33-year-old who was averaging 10.5 points per game.
Although at the time it may have looked like a bad trade for the Warriors, it will work out in the long run. The departure of Ellis opened up the door for Klay Thompson, who is ready to become a superstar.
Dorell Wright didn’t follow up his breakout season in 2010 very well and was traded away. That should give Harrison Barnes significant playing time, but the real key is Stephen Curry. If he stays healthy, he is ready to become a truly elite point guard.
The Warriors have a great mix of height and versatility and youth and experience, which should be enough for a playoff berth.