Andre Iguodala had his worst season since his rookie year, averaging just 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 63 games. Iguodala stepped up his game in the postseason, scoring almost 14 points per game in the 1st round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Season In Review: Andre Iguodala

The Numbers

Andre Iguodala had his worst season since his rookie year, averaging just 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 63 games.

However, he stepped up his game in the postseason, scoring almost 14 points per game in the first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Positives

Iguodala made an immediate impact with his new team, leading the Warriors to a hot start, giving them their first play-making small forward since Stephen Jackson.

He showed the fan base that he was more than a defensive presence and a high-flyer.  He shot the ball with confidence with his best performance, coming in the fourth game of the season against his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers. Iguodala shot 7-of-11 from three-point range on his way to 32 point game in a drubbing of the 76ers on the road.

Iguodala continued to defend at a high level this season, almost assuring himself a spot on one of the all-defensive teams.  His active hands and great on the ball defense has made him one of the best defensive wings in the entire NBA.  In the beginning of the season, it wasn’t Stephen Curry taking the big shot; it was Iguodala, who hit two buzzer beaters, showing how clutch of a player he really is in crunch time.

The Negatives

However, with all of Iguodala’s clutch play, it was his health that hampered him this season, which led to ineptitude on offense.

After Iguodala led Golden State to such a great start, he suffered a strained hamstring that affected him the rest of the season.  Although he came back from the injury, he no longer shot the ball with much confidence, struggled from the free throw line and his athleticism did not show up until the postseason.

Iguodala was known as one of the best players in the NBA only two years ago when he played for Team USA in the Olympics with the likes of Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.  Now, he is a shell of himself from two years ago, struggling in his postseason matchup with, of all people, JJ Redick.  Redick is not a good defender but Iguodala struggled to get open looks against him.

Is this a sign of things to come or was this season just an aberration and we will see the real “Andre Iguodala” next season?

The front office is thinking the same question and possibly pondering if they made the right decision by stunting Harrison Barnes’ growth and starting Iguodala.  Iguodala’s season was so bad that he has been mentioned in trade rumors, most notably in the possible acquisition of Kevin Love.  Hopefully this season was an aberration and we will see the high-flying, ankle breaking, play-making Iguodala in 2014-15.

Best Moment

Iguodala had two buzzer beaters, a wing three against the Atlanta Hawks and this baseline jumper against the Oklahoma City Thunder to give the Warriors a huge win over their Western Conference rivals:

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  • mstubby

    I don’t think Iguodala had that bad a year at all for a couple of reasons:

    - It was the first time in his pro career (except for the Olympic and World Championship teams) that he wasn’t one of the top three options on offense. In that sense his numbers this year on offense are similar to the Olympic team. I think whatever reputation he earned in the Olympics was demonstrated in his play with the Warriors this season.

    - He is still an elite perimeter and team defender. If he makes any of the All-Defensive teams that will only cement the fact that he had a really good season.

    - Mark Jackson didn’t use him well in the offense. In fact, Mark Jackson had very little offense at all. When there was ball movement Iguodala excelled as both a passer and finisher. He struggled with his jump shot at times but hit some big threes when it counted most and was the best Warrior to finish a break.

    - He finished the season 3rd in the league in real +/- with 6.62. Whether you except that stat as proof or you prefer a deeper and more extensive analysis, you have to admit that whenever he’s on the court the team is in the net positive in points and that means that he’s making some sort of big contribution. He finished ahead of everyone except LeBron James and Chris Paul (Steph was 6th with 6.24). In defensive real +/- he’s the only player in the top 10 who is not a center or power forward.

    - By only watching games and without looking at stats it was clear that he made a huge contribution to this team this season. Actually I think that without him the Warriors might have slipped out of the playoffs altogether.

    Iguodala hasn’t dropped off that much in my opinion. I think he’ll flourish in a kind of Scottie Pippen role with Kerr next season.