Andre Iguodala is the prized free-agent acquisition that the Warriors finally put to ink and his Swiss Army Knife skill set is the biggest benefit to the new Warriors’ starting squad. Not only is he very skilled on the offensive side of the ball, but he is also one of the premier defenders in the league.
He will definitely open up the floor for everyone, but most importantly Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will benefit from the additional spacing. Iggy has the ability to handle the ball with ease, but he can also slash, set screens and move effectively to setup productive plays.
I expect him to play up to four positions on the floor as he can play point when Curry needs a breather, he is able to play the shooting guard for Thompson and he is capable of spelling Lee at the 4 spot. Coach Jackson will be using a variety of sets and Iggy can fit into every one of them.
Iguodala can penetrate off the dribble and use his athletic body to make plays at the rim. Sometimes, he is unselfish and will pass up too many open shots.
Even with all of the excitement, he does have some flaws that need improvement. His biggest weakness is his shooting percentage, both around the perimeter and at the line.
Iggy shot just 40 percent from 3-9 feet and 33.3 percent from 10-15 feet last season. From the charity stripe, his conversion rate dropped from 61.7 percent in 2011-12 to 57.5 percent last season.
He will also have to improve upon not giving up the ball so easily. He is a playmaker, but there is no excuse for his turnover rate to jump from 1.9 per game in 2011-12 to 2.6 last season.
Iggy will adapt to the new lineup during the preseason games and make the Warriors a lot more explosive during the regular season. He will definitely be worth the 4-year, $48 million contract that he signed on July 10.
2013-14 Stat Line Prediction: 13.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 5.6 APG