Golden State Warriors: Player Comparisons to the San Francisco Giants

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Andre Iguodala Gregor Blanco

November 13, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates during the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

This comparison is more about Iguodala’s current role this season with the Warriors and not his career as a whole. This season, Iguodala is coming off the bench for the first time in his career, and he’s adapting to his new role. Blanco is also a role player for the Giants. He occasionally starts, but he’s generally the fourth outfielder for the Giants.

In terms of playing styles, both Iguodala and Blanco are defensive “specialists.” They contribute to their teams in many ways, but their biggest strength is their defense. Both Iguodala and Blanco play elite defense and can significantly impact the game defensively, even if they’re coming off the bench.

Oct 22, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco celebrates after hitting a leadoff home run against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning during game two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Iguodala and Blanco also bring a lot of other intangibles that can’t be measured or that don’t necessarily show up in the stat sheet. They’re both quick, whether it’s on a fast break or on the base paths. They also both bring quiet energy to the team. They don’t bring the same type of energy that Green or Pence bring, but they both motivate their teammates and can excite their teammates with their stellar defense and smart plays.

They both have a calm demeanor, yet again focused on the team. They’re both willing to accept different roles for the betterment of the team.