Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  12 responses

Warriors Have Begun Monta Ellis’ All-Star Campaign

Monta‘s team — which hasn’t had an All-Star in quite some time — is pushing hard for him to play in the mid-season classic. FanHouse reports: “A banner on the wall makes note of every Warrior to have been selected for the NBA All-Star Game, an impressive collection that includes Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond and Rick Barry. But the list comes to an end with the 1997 designation of Latrell Sprewell. The Warriors have by far the longest NBA drought for not having a player make an All-Star team. Tied for second longest are Milwaukee, with Michael Redd the last one, and Sacramento, with Brad Miller and Peja Stojakovic the most recent, not having had an All-Star since 2004. ‘Without question, we want to update the banner,’ said Smart, Golden State’s coach. Well, the Warriors have a strong candidate. That would be guard Monta Ellis, third in the NBA in scoring with a 25.4 average. Then again, that’s hardly a guarantee Ellis will make it. Despite being on his way to a season in which he would average 25.5 points, Ellis wasn’t selected for the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas, even though NBA commissioner David Stern named three injury replacements for West guards. ‘Every time somebody got hurt, we thought he’d be that next guy,’ said Warriors guard Stephen Curry. ‘But our record was so bad last year… We’re a better team this year and he’s a better player this year than he was last year.’ But Golden State, which went 26-56 last year during an injury-riddled campaign, isn’t a lot better. At 13-20, the Warriors are on pace for 32 wins, and that could make it tough next month to break the Curse of Sprewell.”

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  • connor

    monta deserves it but more importantly when will the warriors get better come on there so fun to watch why cant i be watching them in the post season

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    I’d love to see if he makes it over DWill CP3 Kobe Manu TP Westbrook and Billups. Good luck Monta, you’re gonna need it!

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    billups shoudnt make it.get at least a .500 record, then hes an all star to me

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    connor, the dubs have been hammered by injuries so far, so it’s tough to really gauge how good they are

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    with that said, fully healthy i think they’d be fighting for a 7th or 8th spot. the west is still too strong overall

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    hes playing pretty well, but one of the top 4-5 guards in the west? I dont think so..

  • connor

    davidR, at least its better than last year did you see when curry fouled out but there was no bench to replace him they got talent but to compete at the level they should be they need depth

  • $tev3

    Actually Id rather see DLee but then again
    Monte over Curry

  • http://bulls.com Harry Twatter

    Dam the Warriors are a little late

  • LA Huey

    Monta’s perfect for the ASG. My idea of an All-Star blends excitement and skill.

  • Towelie

    Ellis in the ASG is waaaaaaay overdue. But atleast someone realized Monte was kinda slept on.

  • LB.B

    @BossTerry: WTF r u talking about . No Wtf r u watching ….. Monta is one of da rawest in da league.