Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis ‘were not a good pair’, says Jerry West

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Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis ‘were not a good pair’, according to NBA legend Jerry West.

Curry and Ellis were teammates from 2009 to 2012 in the Golden State Warriors, yet the team then decided to trade Ellis.

“I think when there was a trade made up there, it gave him [Curry] more room to do things, and also have the ball in his hands. If you have someone that can do something really well and you don’t have the ball in your hands or you don’t have players that compliment you, it’s tougher to reach the excellence he’s reached.

A very popular player during my time up there, Monta Ellis was traded and to me, that opened up [Curry’s] ability to become who he is today. I think it made him more confident. They weren’t a good, I think, pair together, and they were both terrific players, really terrific players.

But, I think Steph was the person that had the most growth left in him, and when Monta left, you’re seeing Steph Curry of today,” West, a former Warriors executive, said during his appearance on 95.7 The Game, via NBC Sports.