Warriors guard Monta Ellis was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week.
Ellis averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 assists last week. He also totaled eight steals and knocked down 8 of 12 from 3-point range.
Most important, he led the Warriors to a 3-1 record.GoldenStateposted wins over atWashington, against visitingDallas, and at the Los Angeles Clippers. And he did it while his backcourt mate, point guard Stephen Curry, was playing limited minutes thanks to a sprained right ankle.
Ellis had 21 points and 11 assists in Sunday’s win over the Clippers. It was his second 20-and-10 game this season and the 14th of his career.
Is this great timing for the Warriors or a meaningless award? The way Ellis has been playing, you’ve got to wonder if his value has skyrocketed a bit. A little national attention can’t hurt. Or, does it make him that much harder to get from the Warriors, who now REALLY need a big name in return for their nationally recognized star?
Perhaps, the better Ellis gets the harder he is to trade. Or does this help their bid to land the big they covet?