The Golden State Warriors’ biggest free agent acquisition in franchise history has only played three games in the blue and gold, yet Dubs fans couldn’t be happier with Andre Iguodala. The versatile swingman has been rock solid in each of his three preseason outings and has shown that he can impact the game in more ways than just scoring. Iguodala has posted per game averages of a little more than 10 points per game on an efficient 70.5 percent shooting. He has made 12 of his 17 attempts from the field over three games, and three of those misses came from beyond the arc. If you took away Dre’s three-point attempts and makes from the equation, he would have made 11 of his 13 attempts. Obviously the numbers are inflated because of the fact that a lot of his shot opportunities have been above the rim, an area where it isn’t exactly hard for a player to score efficiently in, but they still show that the value of someone like Iguodala.
While the former Nugget’s high flying dunk’s and high field goal percentage are certainly his flashiest feature, arguably his greatest contribution was on defense. He has racked up a pretty 10 steals in just 83 minutes, which comes out to a little more than 4 per 36 minutes. After losing a defensive savant in Mike Malone, the Warriors needed to add naturally talented defenders and Iguodala is the perfect representation of that. While the University of Arizona product has not displayed his non-scoring offensive opportunities, namely his talent for passing at the wing, he has has managed to get at least one assist and rebound in each of his outings.
There are only two real concerns that can be seen from Iguodala’s first three preseason games; his free throw percentage and his turnovers. Iguodala only made six of his 11 free throw attempts, shooting an abysmal 54.5 percent. His free throw percentage has gotten worse every year for the last four years, culminating in a particularly bad 57.4 percent shooting season last year in Denver. If Iguodala wants to fully capitalize on his skillset, he needs to be able to make his free throws that he works so hard to earn. The second concern surronds his high amount of turnovers, especially given the apparent desire to use him as the primary ball-handler in certain situations. Dre coughed up the ball five times in his first three games, just one less than Stephen Curry’s six turnovers. If Iguodala wants to be relied on more as that primary, or even secondary ball handler, he needs to improve his ball handling and passing.