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The Move: Golden State Warriors acquire Andre Iguodala in a three-way deal for Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush, first-round picks in 2014 and 2017 and second-round picks in 2016 and 2017.
As soon as you look past the fact that Andre Iguodala is not a scorer, he becomes much easier to appreciate. Iguodala is averaging just 10.1 points per game with the Warriors this year, but his impact has been felt all over the court, as Warriors forward Draymond Green explained to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:
I wouldn't say Andre filled a need, because he could go on any of the 30 teams and make an impact. Every team needs an Andre Iguodala. He does so much stuff you don't see on the stat sheet. He does everything. He is such a smart player.
Thanks in large part to Iguodala and a healthy Andrew Bogut, the Warriors have jumped from 14th in defensive efficiency last year to fifth this season. Iguodala has also played an important role as a distributor (4.7 assists), and that's helped Stephen Curry put together an incredible first half.
Even though the raw numbers aren't impressive, Iguodala's efficiency is. He's shooting 50.6 percent from the field and knocking in an incredible 43.3 percent of his shots from behind the arc. Guys that defend, rebound, create for others and only take good shots are always going to be valuable, and Iguodala is a shining example of that.
Will he be worth two first-round picks and $48 million over four years, though? That all depends on how the Warriors fare in the playoffs over the next few years.
That being said, so long as he doesn't lose too much athleticism and his teammates continue to compensate for his flaws (isolation scoring, free-throw shooting), Iguodala should maintain his status as one of the very best complementary players in the league.