Reason 64: Golden State’s Dynamic Duo
It’s a luxury to have a scoring machine at the guard position that can create their own shot. It’s even more rare for a team to possess two talented guards that can give you 30 on any given night. But that’s exactly what the Golden State Warriors have in Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. A six-year veteran straight out of high school, Ellis elevated to No. 8 on the NBA’s scoring list last season with 24.1 points per game. Curry, the soon to be third-year point guard from Davidson averaged 18.6 points per game (good for 26th on the 2011 NBA scoring list), while shooting with more efficiency than Ellis. Curry shot 48% from the field, including 44.2 % from three-point range and over 93% from the foul line. The guard-tandem also combined for 11.4 assists and 3.57 steals per game, making this one of the best, if not the best backcourt in the League. While the Warriors didn’t hold one of the better records in the Western Conference at 36-46, their uptempo offense ranked seventh in the NBA in scoring last season with 103.4 points per game. The combo of Ellis and Curry combined to score a tad over 41% of the team’s points last season. While it’ll be tough for Golden State to make a playoff run next season in the highly competitive Western Conference, the Warriors will remain atop the league leaders in points scored, an aspect of the game fans are certainly intrigued about. There was speculation surrounding Ellis’ future in Golden State, but after the Warriors failed to move the guard before the NBA Draft, it looks as if we’ll once again have the privilege of seeing this dynamic duo in the same backcourt next season.