Andre Iguodala: Why Iggy Is Real Winner in Dwight Howard Trade to Lakers

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIAugust 11, 2012

Dwight Howard going to the Los Angeles Lakers may have stolen all the headlines, but Andre Iguodala became the real winner by leaving the Philadelphia 76ers for the Denver Nuggets.

Iguodala was the highlight of the deal for the Nuggets, as they received him in the four-team trade.

Both Iggy and the Nuggets have to be happy with how the trade worked out. The Nuggets got a member of Team USA, and Iguodala got a fresh start.

Iggy was stuck in a poor situation in Philly. He was the team's go-to guy for too many things, and defenses honed in on him.

Whenever the team made the playoffs, it wasn't in a position to win. While they took down a Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls team last year, they were promptly taken out by the Boston Celtics.

Considering that Iguodala had to be both a scoring leader and play point guard at times, it wasn't a good situation for him. He's a great scorer when given the chance to focus on that aspect, and he'll finally be given that chance in Denver.

With Ty Lawson budding into one of the NBA's leading point guards, Iggy won't have to distribute and read defenses in order to facilitate.

Now he can just score.

Lawson takes a lot of the pressure off of him to lead the team, as does having a talented big man in JaVale McGee—no matter how erratic he is. Iguodala didn't have the supporting cast in Philly that he will in Denver, and now that leaves him free to play his game.

While he probably won't jump up to 20 points per game, he doesn't have as much pressure on him and will not be looked at to to lead this team, giving him ample opportunities to attack defenses without them keying in on him the whole game.

The Sixers were getting better—there's little point in denying that. The team could have been good in a few years because of their youth, but the Nuggets are already a good team that has a bright future, as they finished sixth in the Western Conference last season.

With Iggy on the team, we could see them do even better, perhaps finishing in the top half of the postseason bracket and getting home-court advantage.

No, they're not the Thunder. No, they're not the Lakers. But the Nuggets have a bright future and will compete immediately with a player like Iguodala joining them.

You couldn't have scripted it any better for the former Arizona Wildcat.

 

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