In an early December game against the Atlanta Hawks, 76ers star Andre Iguodala simply came up empty. Philadelphia’s $80 man looked lost in an offense that Coach Doug Collins predicates on the 26 year old forward. Iguodala deferred on fast breaks, passed up open looks in half-court sets, and was a non factor on the offensive glass. It’s conceivable that former NBA minutes leader has been overlooked because of his team’s poor performance but there’s no mistaking it, Iguodala heads the dubious list of the NBA’s top underachievers.
On a team whose leading scoring produces just over 15 point per contest, there’s no reason why Philadelphia’s Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala haven’t performed to their capabilities. Both players are amidst mega contracts that prevent the 76ers from having the flexibility to deal either Brand or Iggy but there is hope for resurgence as the team adjusts to their new point guard Jrue Holiday.
In nearly every game that Holiday has totaled eight assists or more either Brand or Iguodala have reached the 20 point plateau. At only 20 years old there seems to be plenty of developing left in store for young Holiday and with that maturation will come added production from the Liberty City’s biggest stars.
One of the summer’s most underpublicized moves was the relocation of former UCLA standout Darren Collison from New Orleans to Indiana where the young point guard has been handed to reins to a promising Pacers team.