Why Andre Iguodala Will Prove to Be NBA's Best Offseason Acquisition
Shortly after Andre Iguodala signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Golden State Warriors this past July, the versatile wingman took to Twitter to reach out to the Warriors' incumbent star Steph Curry.
Yo @StephenCurry30 LETS GET IT!!!!— Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 5, 2013
Clearly, Iguodala was, and still is, excited to play for one of the NBA's most exciting young teams, and rightfully so.
The 29-year-old spent eight somewhat futile seasons in Philadelphia before being dealt to the Denver Nuggets in 2012. In Denver, Iguodala helped the Nuggets to a 57-25 regular season record that was good enough to land Denver the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Despite Iguodala's best efforts, however, the Nuggets were upset in the first round by the Warriors in six exciting games.
Now, Iguodala is a proud member of the Warriors, and it couldn't be a better fit.
Iguodala is one of the league's most explosive slashers. His ability to get to the rim and finish is relatively unparalleled in today's game. With his explosive first step, Iguodala is able to blow by his defender in transition, forcing other perimeter defenders to play help defense. Unfortunately for those defenders, it is usually too little, too late, as shown in the videos below.
In Golden State, however, opposing teams will be hesitant to play help defense and leave the Warriors' deadly three-point shooters open in the corners. Steph Curry, Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson form the NBA's most lethal trio of long-range shooters. Last season, Curry drained an NBA record-setting 272 three-pointers. Did I mention he was shooting 45.3 percent from deep? Thus, Iguodala should find the lane even more open than it was in Philadelphia or Denver.
Beyond his affinity for high-flying, one-handed crams, Iguodala is one of the few players in the NBA who enjoys playing defense as much as he does offense. Over the course of his career, Iguodala has proven to be one of the most consistent defenders in the league. Last season Iguodala held opposing 2-guards to a meager 12.7 player efficiency rating per 48 minutes, according to 82games.com
According to TeamRankings.com, Golden State ranked 20th in team defense last season, allowing opposing teams 100.6 points per game. Iguodala's ability to guard virtually any position on the floor will undoubtedly bolster Golden State's defensive schemes.
Listen to Iguodala describe how he guards two of the best players on the planet.
It's unclear what "it" Iguodala was referring to when he Tweeted "LETS GET IT!!!!" Sure, "let's get it" is common vernacular in today's sports culture. However, I think Iguodala was referring to a specific "it." The "it" that the Golden State Warriors haven't achieved since 1975, an NBA Championship.
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