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Golden State Warriors GM Got Booed For Trading Monta Ellis In 2012, But It Allowed Stephen Curry And Klay Thompson To Lead The Warriors Dynasty Over The Next Decade

Golden State Warriors GM Got Booed For Trading Monta Ellis In 2012, But It Allowed Stephen Curry And Klay Thompson To Lead The Warriors Dynasty Over The Next Decade

The Golden State Warriors had one of the quickest dynastic rises during the 2010s. In 2009, they drafted Stephen Curry with the 7th overall pick in the draft. And 2 years later, they drafted Klay Thompson with the 11th pick. Those two draft picks would end up being the most important of their franchise.

But it wasn't as clear-cut as just drafting the two elite shooters. At the time they drafted Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry was accompanied by Monta Ellis in the backcourt. Ellis was a gifted scorer. But his defense was not enough to compensate for Curry's weakness on that end.

So the Warriors had a choice to make between Klay and Ellis. In the end, the Warriors GM decided to trade Ellis in exchange for Andrew Bogut, a talented Australian big who was injury-prone. The decision did not go down well with Warriors fans, and they even booed the GM in the aftermath of the trade.

But it would end up being the decision that would lead the Warriors to their dynastic run just a few years down the line. With Ellis gone, this move would allow Mark Jackson to pair Curry with Klay in the backcourt. He knew before everyone else how good they would be, proclaiming them the best shooting backcourt in 2013.

In 2012, they drafted Draymond Green in the second round and added Andre Iguodala in 2014. On top of that, they replaced Mark Jackson with Steve Kerr, a move that was looked at with skeptical eyes at the time.

Just one season into his coaching career, Kerr helped the team win the NBA championship, as Curry, Klay, and Draymond developed into superstar caliber players. In 2016, Curry became even better as he was named the unanimous MVP as he led the Warriors to a 73-9 regular-season record, the best in history.

The following season, the Warriors added Kevin Durant, a move that would help them secure two more NBA championships in dominant fashion, and become one of the best teams in NBA history. Durant would only stay in Golden State for 3 years but played some of the best basketball of his career there.

The Warriors have had a few tough seasons since Durant left, but it appears they are back on the championship track right now, as Curry is once again playing at a high level, and Klay Thompson is expected to return this season. The Warriors could revive their dynasty by the end of this season.