With Bogut a Warrior, Curry's role should change

With Bogut a Warrior, Curry's role should change
March 15, 2012, 5:00 pm
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Now that Monta Ellis has been traded, there can be littledoubt the Warriors are going with Stephen Curry as their long-term pointguard.For more than two years, many have been saying that Ellisand Curry werent a good fit, and apparently Warriors owner Joe Lacob and theteams front office grudgingly agreed over time.So, its Currys team and Currys the point guard.And the best part is that with the acquisition of AndrewBogut, Curry shouldnt have to do as many point guard things and that willlikely benefit the Warriors.

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Playing the point has never come naturally to Curry, andhes never been the kind of true point guard where decision-making,leadership and running a team come instinctively.Still, the reality is Curry is a better fit at point than heis at shooting guard.Thats where Bogut and David Lee come in. With Bogut andLee making up the frontline, Curry can become a different kind of point guard.There is no reason why coach Mark Jackson cant turn Bogut and Lee into offenseinitiators, which would allow Curry to get more shots.Bogut is one of the best passing centers in the NBA, capableof finding open teammates from the low box or at the high post. Lee is also anabove average passer from the power forward position.That should bode well for Curry because the reality is, when you ask Curry to play like a point guard, youre actually asking him toplay away from his strengths.First and foremost, Curry is a shooter one of the best inall of the NBA, quite frankly. He is terrific at coming off screens and as aspot-up shooter there are few if any better.RELATED: Stephen Curry game logs
On some level, how much sense does it make to have the bestshooter on your team looking to pass to a worse-shooting teammate for ashot?In addition to scoring and rebounding and other things thatmost frontcourts provide, Bogut and Lee also should be facilitators for Curryand to a lesser degree Klay Thompson.While Bogut and Lee might not form the perfect four-fivecombination in terms of athleticism and defense, they have the potential toform the best passing big-man tandem in the league.When you have skilled big men who can pass, it allows you tobe far more creative at the offensive end. And Curry should be the one tobenefit there.During Currys career as a Warrior, there always has been aclamor to get him more shots and rightfully so. But he also has been theteams point guard, which has forced him to think of others first.Curry will still be the teams point guard. But with Bogutand Lee, he should be able to become a little different kind of point guardthan he is now. He should handle the ball less resulting in fewer turnovers and shoot the ball more.And if Curry is shooting the ball more, and passing it less,that should be good for the Warriors.