Philadelphia 76ers: Andre Iguodala Isn't Getting the Respect He Deserves

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IJanuary 18, 2012

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the rim past Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat  during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia 76ers have started off with a red-hot 10-3 record, and one Sixer in particular has been playing very well—Andre Iguodala

But is he getting the respect he deserves?

The answer to that question is an easy "no."

As a longtime 76er, Iguodala has always received criticism for not being "a true No. 1" to bring the team a championship.  Sure, it's true, but my question is: When was that ever his role?

He was never meant to be a superstar, and was never meant to be a player to score 25 points per game.  However, that doesn't mean he isn't a good player, or is overrated in any sense.

Iguodala is an extremely versatile player who is good at doing everything. 

Yes, everything.

He can play shutdown defense on any player in the league (as he proved against Carmelo Anthony), distributes the ball and facilitates the offense well. 

And to those of you who have always accused him of having a bad shot, how does shooting .429 from three-point range sound?  Considering he ranks in the top 25, I'd consider it impressive.

Iguodala's played in four games this year, recording at least 20 points or more per game.  He's very capable of scoring. 

Iguodala's an efficient, consistent player who does a great job of complementing everyone.

But why is he still receiving all of this criticism?

Whenever I am at a Sixers game, I will always hearing at least a few boos when they announce Iguodala's name.  It's become inevitable. 

However, it needs to stop; Iguodala needs to start getting the respect he deserves.

Sure, he isn't a superstar.  But does that mean he's a bad player? 

Does that take away all the good things he can do with the ball, all the things he does that don't show up on the stat sheet?

Iguodala has been playing great, so rather than maximize the few bad things, take a look at all the good he is accomplishing, the contribution he is making to win and give him the credit he deserves.