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.
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.
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.
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: