Andre Iguodala has had a great NBA career so far from winning championships, being named to the All-Star team, and being named to many different All-NBA defensive teams. But, with everything he has done and accomplished, would it be enough for him to have a place in the Hall of Fame?
Iguodala was drafted back in 2004 with the ninth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. During his eight-year tenure with Philadelphia (2004-2012), Iguodala averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.5 steals while shooting 46 percent from the field.
Iggy came into the league as a raw, athletic player. He struggled with shooting, but he made up for his mishaps with dazzling athleticism and do-it-all defensive work. He learned how to play under the guidance of Allen Iverson early on, but after the team closed the door on The Answer. Ironically, Iggy took flight.
Iguodala became the face of a franchise that really lacked star power even with Iggy himself. He was part of a nucleus that was defined by the likes of Andre Miller, Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young, Willie Green, Lou Williams, and others.
That Sixers nucleus embodied the city of Philadelphia’s mentality. They were all about grinding through the rough patches, playing with toughness, and would even dazzle their fans with the casual alley-oops.
Iggy helped guide the Sixers to five playoff appearances during his time and was a part of that Philly team that knocked off the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in 2012. Yes, that Bulls team was missing Derrick Rose, but don’t forget the Sixers gave the Boston Celtics a run for their money in the next round. Also, during that same season, he earned his first All-Star team selection.
Iguodala was then traded to the Denver Nuggets in part of the Dwight Howard trade saga. In his one season in Denver, he averaged 13 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.7 steals and would help the Nuggets make the playoffs with a 57-win season.
The former Arizona Wildcat still had a lot to offer for most teams as a starter. He even came close to signing a deal with the Sacramento Kings after his season with Denver, but they pulled their offer. Iggy signed with the upstart Warriors in a surprising move as Golden State was still a bit of an enigma at the time.
In an even more surprising move, Iguodala’s role on the Warriors was not as a starter, but as a sixth man. It was astonishing considering the fact that he started 758 straight games (every game since he entered the league). They went to the playoffs during Iggy’s first season with the team (2013-14) where they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games. However, Iggy set the tone for the dynasty we see now.
Iguodala taking a backseat in a role off the bench was a culture-defining move for the Warriors. Essentially, it rubbed off on the entire organization and set the tone for the three championships we have seen them win. His selflessness paid off too as he won Finals MVP in 2015.
Joining the Golden State and buying into what Steve Kerr offered was huge for Iguodala and the Warriors. He basically extended his career and has been the poster boy of doing things “the right way” for GSW.
In his 15 seasons, Iguodala is a three-time NBA champion, a former Finals MVP, an All-Star, and was named to a couple All-NBA defensive teams. In addition, he was an All-Rookie First Team selection, the NBA Rookie Challenge MVP, and was an Olympic gold medalist in 2012.
Even though he was never really considered a superstar in his career, Iguodala has still had solid stats, generated good stats, and has matched up against some of the greatest players in NBA history (defensively) so Iguodala has a strong case for the hall.