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

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The Athletic Perimeter Defender

Apr 10, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots over Denver Nuggets guards Andre Miller (24) and Andre Iguodala (9) during the first half at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

As good as Iguodala might be on offense, his main strength is on defense.

Widely considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, Iggy has been selected to the All-Defensive team for his ability to force turnovers on the perimeter. He averaged 1.7 steals per game this season and he has averaged 0.5 blocks per game over his nine-year career.

We can also look to Iguodala’s on/off statistics to determine his numerical impact. When he is on the court, opponents shoot more than 20 percent worse from the field. That is a huge impact and would undoubtedly improve the Warriors’ defensive abilities.

The Dubs aren’t exactly known for their defense, but Iggy might be the one to change that identity.

I add “athletic” because Iguodala would add another thing on offense that can’t exactly be quantified without him actually playing for the Warriors.I have written about the benefits of a guard who can reliably drive to the rim many times before.

Iguodala would fill that niche perfectly, as he can cut to the hoop relentlessly–291 of his 955 attempts this season came at the rim, representing roughly 30 percent of his shots. Iggy shot 74.9 percent at the rim which means that he can get to the hoop and finish. This would open up the court for Stephen Curry as the opponents defense would either have to cheat in the paint and hedge off Curry or leave the Iggy an easy bucket.

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