Andre Iguodala Named To NBA’s All-Defensive First Team

Apr 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) steals the ball from Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) during the third quarter in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Could we really expect anything else? After his first season with the Golden State Warriors, Andre Iguodala has been named to NBA’s all-defensive first team, receiving the honors of being one of the NBA’s best perimeter defenders. He had a fantastic all-around game, and did very well on the defensive end; this helped to make up for his rather poor offensive performance. Iguodala averages 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.51 steals per game, and is +9 differential when he is on the court in total. Also on the team are Chris Paul, Paul George, Joakim Noah, who won defensive player of the year, and Serge Ibaka, the shot blocker.

Clearly, for Iguodala, this accomplishment is much deserved, as he had one of the highest defensive ratings in the NBA. His impact on some of the league’s elite offensive players was evident through their scoring performances against the Warriors on certain occasions.

Iguodala also received this award while playing the with Philadelphia 76ers, where he was named to NBA’s All-Defensive Second team. He now joins the elite five in the NBA.