Ranking Andre Iguodala's 5 Most Dangerous Offensive Moves

Conor Volpe@cvolpe31Correspondent IJuly 14, 2013

Ranking Andre Iguodala's 5 Most Dangerous Offensive Moves

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    If you can't beat em, join em.

    In one of the more interesting moves of the free agency period Andre Iguodala signed with the Golden State Warriors, the same team who ousted Iguodala's former team in the first round of the playoffs this year.

    While Iguodala is lauded for his perimeter defense, his offensive game isn't anything to sneeze at.

    In fact, it's quite underrated.

    He has a very diverse game on the offensive end, and it's much more effective than people give him credit for. 

    Not convinced? Well in the words of the great Trinidad James, don't believe me? Just watch. 

5. The Jump Shot

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    Shame on you for thinking Andre Iguodala doesn't have a jump shot. He won't beat Stephen Curry in a three-point shootout anytime soon, but Iguodala is no Josh Smith either. 

    If you really do believe that Iggy's jump shot is broken, skip ahead to the 3:05 mark of the video above. Spoiler alert, he sinks nine jumpers in 45 seconds.

    Obviously that's a highlight film, so there won't be any bricks in there. That's where statistics come in, and thanks to our friends at 82games.com, we can get some great ones on Iguodala's jumper.

    73 percent of Iguodala's shot attempts in 2013 were classified as jumpers. His effective field goal percent, a statistic weighted to account for the extra point involved in a three, was 42.8 percent. Which isn't mind boggling, but isn't atrocious either. 

    For reference, LeBron's eFG on jump shots is 52.6 percent and Kobe Bryant's is 43.6 percent. Oh and Josh Smith's is 38.9 percent. So Iguodala is right in that middle ground.

    Now just a year ago, Iguodala's eFG on jumpers was a very respectable 46.9 percent. The reasons for that drop-off are too many to count. New team, new system, new position, new coach or maybe it's age starting to show.

    Bottom line, you can believe that once Iguodala decided on the Warriors, he went straight to the gym to get up shots.

    The way the Warriors move the ball and the way they space the floor with all those shooters will all but guarantee Iguodala gets lots more open looks.

    Don't be surprised when he starts knocking them down.

4. The Crossover

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    Oh yes, the latest incarnation of AI has a nasty crossover too.

    It may not be the same as Allen Iverson's physics defying move, but it looks like Iguodala picked up a couple pointers from Iverson during their time together in Philadelphia

    I'm not kidding, Iguodala has a dirty crossover repertoire. The first play in the video above is a double move that would probably have crossover legend Tim Hardaway nodding in approval. 

    If you're curious what putting a guy on skates looks like, or what on earth that means in reference to basketball, reference the aforementioned play.

    And as the Warriors are currently constructed, Iguodala is the de facto back-up point guard. That crossover sure will come in handy if he really does play significant minutes there.

    Bottom line, that crossover is a huge part of his game. He creates space for his jump shot with it, and uses the crossover to get into the lane.

    Just don't say I didn't warn you when he whips out a deadly one this year.

3. Cuts to the Basket

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    Now before anyone goes and points out that the video above was from about a million years ago, this ancient video is here for a reason.

    It's here because it's a prime example of just how dangerous Iguodala can be on a cut to the basket, and I would feel like a bad person if I didn't share a clip of an alley-oop as vicious as that one.

    Now is Iguodala the same athlete he was back then? Not exactly. He can bring it out in flashes, but not all the time. 

    The point is that there are few players in the NBA with the kind of physical tools that make a simple cut to the basket a deadly play. Iggy is one of them.

    He still has amazing athleticism, and attacks the rim ferociously. Him flying through the air at the rim is not something NBA big men want to get in the way of. Especially not when he has a full head of steam coming off a cut.

    And in case you missed the playoffs this year, Stephen Curry is an excellent passer. He's probably spending a good portion of his offseason fantasizing about all the backdoor alley oops he's going to throw to Iggy next year.

    Basically Curry's assists per game are going to go up by at least four.

    Okay, maybe not quite that much but you can get where this is going. Iguodala is still an elite athlete, and one who has never seen a lob he didn't love.

    Add it all up, and you get a guy who makes mundane cuts into SportsCenter highlights.

2. Passing

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    Simply put, Iguodala is the second best non point guard passer in the league. And number one would be that guy LeBron.

    In the past three years, Iguodala has averaged 6.3, 5.5, and 5.4 assists per game. Every year, only LeBron has had more assists among non point guards. 

    The first 40 seconds of the video above says it all. Iggy can hit the roll man on a pick and roll, he can throw alley oops, has some slick bounce passes, and he can use his eyes to look off defenders.

    It's starting making more sense that the Warriors are considering playing him at point. He's got point guard skills in a 6'6" 210 pound body. Maybe he's been playing the wrong position all along.

    One of the knocks against Iguodala his whole career has been that he's too unselfish. He can't be the guy, he's not an alpha dog. 

    Well he's no Michael Jordan, but his vision on a basketball court might impress his airness.

    The offense won't run through him in Golden State, which plays perfectly into Andre Iguodala's hands. He can pick his spots, all the while picking out teammates with pinpoint passing. It's a perfect situation for him.

1. Attacking the Rim

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    The guy has a killer crossover. He's an explosive athlete. He has a lightning quick first step.

    Andre Iguodala was built to attack the basket.

    Of his top 10 plays from 2011-2012, eight are of him going at the rim. That should say a lot.

    He's a gifted finisher around the hoop. According to 82games.com, Iguodala's eFG was 70 percent inside the paint. That's only a couple percent lower than LeBron.

    And that shouldn't really be surprising. Iguodala has the LeBron body type and athleticism. They're both quick, fast, and strong enough to be able to finish strong at the basket. 

    Add his exemplary crossover and deadly first step, and you begin to wonder why Iggy bothers to shoot jumpers at all. 

    Think about it this way, Iguodala is the closest thing we have to LeBron (excepting, you know, LeBron) in the NBA right now. Is he really that close to LeBron? No, but he has the same limitations and strengths.

    They have similar body types. They're both elite athletes. They are both much better at attacking the basket than shooting jumpers. They are both elite defenders. They are both tremendous passers and get criticized for their unselfishness.

    Again to be clear, Iggy isn't that close to LeBron. But try to think of him as a homeless man's LeBron. Similar tendencies and basketball personalities, but different talent levels.

    So when I say his best offensive move is driving to the basket, it really is his best option on offense. From there he can dish to teammates, or finish with some ferocity and flair a la LeBron. 

    In that way, he brings something new to the Warriors. They have jump shooters galore, but they don't have a guy who can attack the rim and create like Iguodala.

    Frankly there might only be one guy in the league who does it better.