Nov 4, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates scoring a three pointer during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Just How Important is Andre Iguodala to the Golden State Warriors?

Last season, Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry averaged 38.2 minutes per game, David Lee averaged 36.8 minutes per game, and Klay Thompson averaged 35.8 minutes.

This season, though still early, Curry is averaging only 32.6 minutes per game, Lee only 29.7, and Thompson 34.9.  Now why is Curry averaging nearly six less minutes per game, Lee averaging nearly seven less minutes per game, and Thompson one less per game?

Well, it’s one of the numerous positives that the addition of Andre Iguodala has brought to the Warriors. Iguodala can and has been doing it all for the Warriors. He is their fourth leading rebounder, their fourth leading scorer, their second leading assist man, and leads the team in steals.  Iguodala is one of the primary reasons why an article like this from Barry’s Tickets has the Warriors as one of the few elite teams in the western conference.

Iguodala also was the hero in Thursday night’s one-point win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Andre Iguodala- On Court FGM FGA FG%
Less than 5ft 13 20.8 62.50%
5-9 ft 2.2 6.1 36.10%
10-14 ft 2.4 4.9 49.00%
15-19 ft 4 8.7 46.00%
20-24 ft 6.3 11.1 56.80%
25-29 ft 5 11 45.40%
Andre Iguodala- Off Court FGM FGA FG%
Less than 5ft 2.9 5 58%
5-9 ft 0.3 2.3 13.00%
10-14 ft 0.2 1.1 20.00%
15-19 ft 1.4 3.4 41.20%
20-24 ft 0.8 2.5 32.00%
25-29 ft 1.3 3.4 38.20%

Data for these two charts provided by With Iguodala on the court, the Warriors are shooting a higher percentage in every single significant offensive zone.

The Warriors have a plus-minus of minus 4.2 with Iguodala off the court. They shoot a mere 38.5 percent from the field, and have a noticeably higher rate in turnovers. With Iguodala on the court the Warriors have been shooting 52.4 percent and have a plus-minus of plus 11.9

Iguodala gives the Warriors a ton of added versatility. Now with Toney Douglas missing time thanks to a stress fracture in his left tibia, Iguodala becomes the default backup point guard. Head coach Mark Jackson does not yet trust rookie Nemanja Nedovic to handle the backup point guard duties, but trusts Iguodala to bring the ball up and set up the offense.

For Iguodala, Thursday night’s game winner was only his national coming out party to many. But arguably his best game of the season was his 32-point night against Philadelphia that included his career high seven 3-pointers made.

Look for Iguodala to improve on the Warriors and for the team to improve with him out on the floor.

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