May 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Is Andre Iguodala The Warriors' X-Factor?

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.

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