Is Andre Iguodala the Second Coming of LeBron James?
That man is Sixers guard Andre Iguodala, one of the least heralded stars in the league and in my eyes the second coming of LeBron, only in a smaller portion.
Igoudala has 18 games with 15 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds, the most of any player 6'7 or shorter and the most of any player not named LeBron James. He also has 15 games in which he has notched 5+ rebounds, 5+ assists, and more than 2 steals; a feat that no player in the league has accomplished. Who's the next closest? You guessed it, LeBron James with 13.
And while no is in LeBron's realm statistically or physically, Iguodala comes with striking range (statistically speaking) registering 17 points, 5.8 assists, and 6.9 rebounds compared to LeBron's astronomical averages of 29.7 points, 7.8 assists, and 7.1 rebounds.
But can anyone tell me the last time a guard averaged 7 boards per game?
James' accolades speak for themselves and there's no need to document them all here in this one article.
But back to Iguodala on their similar playing styles.
Igoudala lacks the killer instinct which James has had but he is wondrous as facilitator; certainly among the elites at his position along with Bryant and Wade. Iggy does a good job of dancing behind screens and has a craft at changing speeds. Using those techniques he gets into the lane at a high frequency which allows him to set up teammates once the defense collapses toward him.
If the defense floods the lane, he's also quite content with stepping back and lofting three-pointers as he's made seven of his last 15 entering Monday's game.
He does a excellent job at clearing the glass after an opponent's shot and not allowing second-chance opportunities. Iguodala alone has gobbled up more defensive rebounds then both Ben Wallace, David West, and Andrew Bynum and has one more offensive rebound than King James.
Why isn't he viewed as the leader and the unquestioned star of the team like LeBron is for his team?
For starters, James commands an entirely different breed of respect in which Iguodala commands and that's understandably so when you've been hailed as the next greatest player since Michael Jordan.
Secondly, because Philadelphia hasn't exactly been in the limelight these past few years and also this will be the fourth time in Iggy's five years in the league that he has been overshadowed by another member of the 76ers (Iverson) but that's a different story.
As for James, he is an absolute brute with the ball in his hands, generating unparalleled power driving to the lane and a capable jump-shot when given space.
Still Iguodala's game is gravely under appreciated by mans fans and critics around the league. Its mind-boggling to think the only player in the league with a stat-line of 17-7-6-2 has never been to the All-Star game especially given the Eastern Conference's dire need of quality players at his position.
While it is a treat to witness LeBron play and I 100% wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment, few realize a significant amount of respect also should be bestowed upon No. 9 as well.
Coincidentally, the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly interested in acquiring Andre Iguodala before the trade deadline, pairing together the two most versatile players in the league. They are already making a name for themselves alone, but these two dynamic players may soon share something else together besides playing in the East. Playing with one another in a Cavs' uniform.
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