Monta articles are colliding into each other like hypothetical math problem trains. One from Steinmetz speaks to reform, one from HoopsWorld speaks to discontent. And whenever Ellis speaks, Curry dominates conversation. Some articles posit that a happy Monta is better for the Warriors. While that premise makes sense, I’m not sure how smiles translate to GSW better putting a sphere through a ring. Whatever Monta’s emotions, he’s a two out of necessity.
The point guard torch passed to Curry, who spent the preseason picking his own pocket, flipping errant pocket passes past welcoming arms. Some rocketed into defending hands, morphing fingerprints of a surprised opposition.“Careless” is an apt description for Stephen Curry’s recent handles because his rookie vision was clear, so much that any casual observer could see it.
Last year, Steph passed very well out of the pick and roll, especially in those Monta-free games. He saw hidden angles, molded them into gifted D-Leaguer layups. His overall A/T ratio was poor, but he posted a post-ASG average of 7.7 assists.
Again, Curry can view the court–he can do that well enough to generate offense from a placid situation. But Steph can also overextend himself in creative efforts. And this is what concerns. Right now, Curry is pressing, perhaps notching 8 TOs in an attempt to be a prototypical point guard. No. 30 should be scoring, with the occasional pass thrown in–not passing, save for the occasional shot. Though we fetishize the PG, an archetypal floor general isn’t even necessary–as Zach Harper points out. Since David Lee can pass, and Dorell Wright isn’t Corey Maggette, added assisting might be less useful than it was on last year’s sinking pirate ship. The Warriors will never get their two smallest starters to be Jason Kidd, and that’s okay. It might be best for Steph to learn from Monta’s 2009 failings: Don’t sacrifice efficiency at the altar of creativity.