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Selected in the first round with the No. 9 pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, Andre Iguodala was immediately thrust into the starting lineup for the Philadelphia 76ers.
He quickly developed a strong rapport with Allen Iverson and his strong play earned him a spot on the All-Rookie first team.
Iguodala continued to improve in his sophomore season, posting averages of 12.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals.
In his third year, Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets and Iguodala was immediately expected to step up and take on the role as the team's new franchise player. While the 76ers failed to clinch a playoff berth, Iguodala led a strong late-season push following the trade.
On the last year of his rookie contract, Iguodala continued to improve his game as he led the 76ers to the playoffs that season, but they were knocked out of the first round.
The 76ers made the playoffs again the following year, but the end result was the same—a first-round playoff exit.
The following year was mostly forgettable as Eddie Jordan led the team to a disastrous 27-55 record.
However, this season, with Doug Collins leading the charge, the 76ers are in the playoff hunt and Iguodala is starting to come around after early-season troubles.
Can you really blame Iguodala for the rather middling play of the 76ers during his six-year tenure? Sure, he probably takes way too many deep jumpers and he's not really worthy of being considered a team's No. 1 option, but you can't place sole blame on him.
He's had Jim O'Brien, Maurice Cheeks and Eddie Jordan as head coaches for most of his career.
People tend to overlook his abilities, but he's one of the most versatile players in the NBA and a nightly triple-double threat.
While he may very well get traded after this season, Iguodala has faithfully served the organization with years of hard work and dedication.