Andre Iguodala: Former Philly Star Propels Denver Nuggets to Contender Status

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IAugust 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Andre Iguodala #9 of United States reacts in the second half against Nigeria during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The newest L.A. Lakers star Dwight Howard has taken all the spotlight in the recent four-team blockbuster trade, but it's Andre Iguodala that is the biggest difference maker in this move.

According to's Arash Markazi, the former Philadelphia 76ers star was traded to the Denver Nuggets as part of the major deal that went down which involved Howard.

A lot of players found new homes in the blockbuster...the 76ers sent Andre Iguodala -- part of the U.S. Olympic team that advanced to the final of the London Games on Friday -- to the Denver Nuggets.

Iguodala was surely looking forward to turning the page of his career, and knows he has a multitude of skills to offer to this Nuggets ball club.

I'm excited to be joining the @denvernuggets and I know my best basketball is ahead of me!

— Andre Iguodala (@mindofAI9) August 10, 2012


Make no mistake, Iggy speaks the truth.

He leaves a team of young, rising stars on the 76ers and joins a team in the Denver Nuggets who are in dire need of a solid swingman. Philadelphia boasted a plethora of scoring talent including Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday, who averaged a combined 27 points per game last season.

Although not scoring is not his bread and butter, that is what he had been called upon to do for Philadelphia, and it was that particular role that was diminishing for the athletic talent. It was also a clear reason he had to leave.

Not to mention, it was a mediocre, middle-of-the-pack team that wasn't going to be able to go anywhere as long as Iguodala was a part of it.

Now in Denver, Iguodala joins a team that desperately needs his skill set.

They were the 29th ranked team in the NBA last season in points allowed and were outright pathetic when it came to getting defensive stops. Iguodala, however, is a defensive monster.

Athletically, he can take on any offensive player in the NBA. His defensive prowess has been on full display at the Olympic Games in London and was a major factor in pushing the Celtics to seven games in the 2012 postseason.

Paul Pierce had this to say via Facebook in light of Iguodala's impressive playoff outing.

Watch out for Philly next year - they gave us everything we could handle. Iguodala is def underrated. He should have been first team all defense this year.

"The Truth" speaks nothing but the truth in this instance, and is giving one of the more underrated players in the league the credit he deserves.

Not to mention, Iguodala is also a dynamic scorer set to join an especially well orchestrated offense in Denver.

The Nuggets were the top scoring team in the NBA at a whopping 104.1 points per game and dished out a league-best 24 assists per game as well. A high-powered offense run by PG Ty Lawson and Andre Miller, this is a team set to dominate in the scoring department with a physical, fearless offensive threat in Iguodala.

Nuggets fans can be assured Iggy will be finding ways to contribute on the glass and attack the paint constantly.

A team that had themselves an outright impressive 38-28 season last year has to have all the more impressive a campaign in the 2012-13 season. Iguodala will not only shine in that light blue uniform, he will evolve into a much more talented player.

Watch out NBA world, Iggy is ready to make the Nuggets a force to reckon with. 


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