Slashing to the Basket
Last year, Golden State lived on David Lee’s reliable double-double performances and the three-point shooting prowess of the “Splash Brothers,” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Less than eight percent of Golden State’s offensive plays involved cutting to the basket. As the season progressed, Harrison Barnes showed increased confidence and developed an effective ability to get to the rim when needed. Iguodala will be a huge lift in this department, especially in smaller lineups.
When Iguodala is on the floor with Curry, Thompson and Barnes (or even Draymond Green) he will have plenty of space to slash under defenders and attack the paint. Teams know they cannot afford to leave Curry or Thompson space to burry threes all game, so when they come out to defend the perimeter, that will leave Iggy with an opportunity.
Last season, he was devastatingly effective at cutting to the basket; 70 percent of the time it resulted in points on the board. This will be slightly less relevant when Bogut and other big lineups are on the floor, crowding the paint.
The only possible liability in slashing to the basket is that when Iguodala gets fouled, he has struggled to shoot free-throws. Last year he shot an abysmal 59 percent from the free-throw line. That being said, it’s never a bad thing to cause foul trouble for the opposing team.