It’s been less than a week of training camp but Andre Iguodala is already making a drastic impact on the current Golden State Warriors roster.
The nine year veteran whom the Warriors signed to a 4 year, $48 million contract in July is already making a defensive impact.
“He’s standing out with the way he can be effective on the defensive end,” point guard Stephen Curry said. “He’s blocking shots at the rim. He’s rebounding the basketball. He’s still getting comfortable. It’s still early in camp, but he’s definitely standing out.”
The defensive end of the floor is where Iggy makes his money. Don’t let his lone All-Defensive team selection in 2010-11 fool you, he is one of the best in the business. According to 82games.com, Iguodala held opposing two-guards to a player efficiency rating of just 12.7 and held opposing small forwards to 9.9 when he switched over to the three.
By comparison All-Defensive first teamer Tony Allen yielded an 11.8 player efficiency rating while guarding opposing two guards. This figure ballooned up to 15.9 when Allen guarded the three.
As Curry said, he is already making an impact on the defensive end of the floor and it hasn’t even been a week yet. Iguodala will lead the Dubs on the defensive end of the floor and once he gets comfortable with the Warriors’ defensive communication and system, his impact should be very apparent.
Offensively, Iguodala is the student not the teacher. Coach Jackson that Igoudala has played like a facilitator since the beginning of training camp, but attributes that to not being comfortable with the offensive system just yet.
Playing alongside sharpshooters Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry will free up lanes in which Iggy can utilize his ball-handling and athleticism to be more than just a skilled point-forward.
Iguodala is equipped with a ton of big game experience as well. In the 2008-9 postseason, Iguodala capped a Philadelphia 76ers 18 point comeback against the Orlando Magic with a game-winner with 2.2 seconds remaining over the Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu. Iguodala’s best postseason came in 2008-9 where he averaged a career postseason high of 21.5 points per game.
Iguodala has played a grand total of 41 postseason games. By comparison no Warrir last year besides the seldom used Richard Jefferson had any postseason experience close to Iguodala’s.
Iguodala’s impact on the Warriors should be apparent once the games start to count for real, and when that time comes look for the Warriors to benefit defensively as result.