Monta's big night went off without a hitch.

The Milwaukee Bucks guard made a winning debut with his new team Friday night, and Golden State fans saluted him with a genuine show of affection.

Now comes the difficult part.

Last week's trade that brought Monta Ellis to the Bucks and sent center Andrew Bogut to the Warriors ultimately will be judged on which player helps his team more in the long term.

Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob, prone to a bit of overstatement, said that "we just got one of the three best centers in the world" after Tuesday night's deal.

He also said, "The fact is, we just hit a home run."