Is Andre Iguodala the Warriors’ X-Factor?
Besides making the news for his reply to Kent Bazemore, Iguodala, despite being inconsistent with his shots, is still one heck of an NBA baller, even though his production has bounced around the last few years:
Year Team MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
11–12 76ers 35.6 .454 .394 .617 6.1 5.5 1.7 .5 12.4
12–13 Nuggets 34.7 .451 .317 .574 5.3 5.4 1.7 .7 13.0
13–14 Warriors 32.4 .480 .354 .652 4.7 4.2 1.5 .3 9.3
One can easily attribute this to Iguodala bouncing from team to team. Hopefully, he has found a home with the Warriors.
To be fair, he hasn’t even fully settled into a system. Last season he played a ton of pick and rolls, and when that didn’t work, the team just sat back and watched Steph Curry dribble and shoot, or Iggy himself dribble and shoot. No real team ball.
Steve Kerr to KNBR on Andre Iguodala: “I don’t like to see him standing in the corner. That’s where he gets lost a little bit.”
You already have Curry, Klay, Bogut, and Lee, and you add in Iguodala — each man a baller in his own right. Iggy might not have blossomed with the 76ers as “The Man”, but again, you can easily look at the countless number of coaches this guy has had to deal with.
My personal belief is, if put in the right system, Iggy can be an X factor, heck the starting five can be an X-factor at any moment. Iguodala is already surrounded by a great group of players. His drive and kicks are devastating. He can also drain an occasional three.
Iguodala’s defense is not to be overlooked; he is way more known for his defensive skills than offense. He can still be a lockdown defender.
So, in short, I wouldn’t call Iguodala the “X Factor”, but I will call him an X factor.