With the acquisition of Andre Iguodala, the Golden State Warriors are looking like a superpower that’s ready to finish in the top four seeds of the highly competitive Western Conference.
Iguodala is a swingman. He can pass the ball, shoot the ball, rebound the ball, and defend other players well. He can do it all. Now, it’s only fair to see how he is going to mesh with other players.
With that being said, which super combinations does Iguodala form with other Warriors who are also good at some of these things?
1. Smash Brothers:
This is an interesting combination. Before the 2012 NBA Draft, the Warriors didn’t really have anyone that could posterize their defenders. Now, however, they have Harrison Barnes, a high riser, and Iggy, a power dunker.The Warriors are going to have absolutely no problems creating highlights. With Barnes driving to the basket and getting dunks, fans are continually impressed by the young phenomenon who has really come out of his shell.
With Iggy, we all know what to expect. We all saw him dominate the paint in terms of slam dunks with the 76ers, and even the Nuggets sometimes. He was in the dunk contest that one faithful year, and he has played above the rim for practically his whole career.
2. Defending Duo:
Iggy is an elite defender, and everyone knows that. We all did our research on him when he signed with the Warriors as a free agent.
The other elite defender that the Warriors have is Klay Thompson. This is a guy that had a goal and worked his butt off to get there. Coming into the league as an adequate defender, Thompson has improved his defensive game immensely.
Iguodala has always been known as a great defender. In the 2013 playoffs, he defended one of the most unstoppable guys in Stephen Curry. Sure, Curry still scored a lot, but if he wasn’t the best shooter in the NBA, he would have been easier to defend.
3. The Compromisers:
The last guy that Iggy would form a duo with is Curry. This is going to be one of the best duos in the NBA, with Curry as the primary player, and Iguodala as the backup guy.
The reason I named these guys “the compromisers” is because late in the game, Iguodala will become the primary ball-handler, and use all of his skills instead of just focusing on one. Curry will become the primary shooter, using just his shooting skills instead of his point guard skills.
Iguodala and Curry will find each other over and over again for open looks on the offensive end, although every look for Curry is open if he even gets a fraction of a second.
Iguodala has really deepened the Warrior roster. With Barnes coming off the bench, there’s no telling how good these guys could be.