Golden State Warriors: Why They Should Try to Acquire Andre Iguodala

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The Point-Swingman

April 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala (9) with the ball against Phoenix Suns forward Wesley Johson (2) during the first half at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 118-98. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The guard/forward displays abilities that could be attributes of a shooting guard or small forward. The point-forward is a larger player who has the ball-handling and court vision to run the offense. For me to call Iguodala a “point-swingman,” I have to prove he can score, assist and rebound, covering the traits of the two-man, point guard and small forward.

While Iguodala’s scoring output during the regular season was not that great, I would like to direct people to his playoff stats, which featured Iguodala at his best. The University of Arizona product averaged 18 points, shooting an even 50 percent from the field and an insane 48.3 from beyond the arc. These numbers are in stark contrast with his mediocre regular season stats, where he shot just 45 percent from the field and 31 percent from downtown.

The most impressive thing is that Iguodala was taking more shots during the playoffs. His postseason improvement translated in a five-point increase in his points per game, from 13 to 18. His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) soared from his regular season average of 15.2 to 19.9 in the playoffs.

So obviously, Iggy is able to score both inside and outside, but what about rebounds and assists? Again, let’s look at his regular season and playoff numbers. During the regular season, he racked up 5.3 boards per game and dished out 5.5 assists. What’s more impressive are his playoff numbers of eight rebounds and 5.3 dimes per game.

Iguodala can’t fill any of the one positions, but his versatility allows him to exploit the mismatches created at the positions above. The addition of a point-swingman would add an immeasurable amount of versatility to any of the Warriors’ lineups, and it would help re-create the same versatility that helped frustrate the Denver Nuggets in the postseason.

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