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Andre Iguodala “prepared” to be traded

Nov 27, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

Andre Iguodala’s not saying, he’s just “sayin.” As the Sixers continue to spin wildly out of control (3-13), the odds of a full scale detonation of the roster (long overdue) seems more and more likely. And from how Iggy was talking when he spoke with NBA FanHouse, it won’t be long before he’s filling out a change of address form:

“I would love to stay in Philadelphia, but if I’m playing somewhere else, I definitely understand how that could happen. I know how the business works,” he told FanHouse Friday night before his Sixers lost to the Heat, 99-90. “You have to be prepared for anything in this league. And I am. It’s one of the first things you learn when you get here. Guys get traded on draft night.”

Yes, Iggy, if by “prepared” you mean, “my bags have been packed since before the season and I cannot wait to get out of here.”

The key with Iguodala for his career to flourish is for him to go to a team with two legit scoring stars and operate as the third star, do-it-all type guy. He needs to fill in the gaps for a team, not be expected to be the superstar. Iguodala’s strengths are in his complete, well-rounded game. If he were to head to a winning team without a legit star, odds are that he’d struggle. Houston, while not currently winning, might be a good option considering they have to think they need to move in a different direction at this point. Being shipped to Denver in any Carmelo Anthony move would likely not be great for Iggy as he’d then become the focal point of the offense again, something he hasn’t excelled at to this point.

Wherever Iguodala lands, it’s clear that the plane’s engines are on and his bags are packed. He just needs a destination and a trade partner pilot to get him there.

  1. evo621 - Nov 27, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Well-rounded game? Statements like this make it pretty evident you don’t actually watch Iggy play and go off what other people hold him out there to be. I’m a die-hard Sixers fan and have been watching his well-rounded futility for years.

    + He can dunk on a breakaway
    + He’s fast
    + He’s a reasonable defender

    – Horrendous jumpshot, no matter where on the court
    – Terrible at creating shots for himself or others
    – Turnover prone in crunchtime
    – Bad in crunchtime period, especially at the free throw line
    – Overall poor basketball IQ

    And this is all after his seventh year in the league. Writers/bloggers still continue to overstate his value.

    If I’m his coach, I tell him you can do one thing Andre: fast-break dunks and defend. No dunking in traffic because it might put you at the stripe where you’re fruitless. No trying to create, because your rainbow arc shots will inevitably clang.

    Moral of the story – he is NOT well-rounded. That Denver has actually coveted this fish out of water shows how desperate they’ve become.

    • mustbenugs - Nov 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

      Where sir, does it say that Denver has coveted Iguodala? I’m pretty sure it was just a statement made saying that the Denver possibility is pretty far fetched. People need to learn to actually READ.

  2. bradlidgesmole - Nov 27, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Typical angry Philadelphia fan. Iggy does have a well rounded game and would fit in well anywhere where he isn’t THE go to guy. Other coaches around the league saw that. The USA Olympic team saw that. But, continue to perpatuate the angry Philly fan stereotype.

    Matt, not all Philly fans are this dense. Pay him no attention.

  3. evo621 - Nov 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Hey, it’s to any true Philly fan’s benefit that owners/scouts overstate his value. As someone who catches the bulk of Sixers games because of my love for pro basketball and Philly sports, I’m just going by what’s on the screen. I think I made a pretty good case for overvaluation.

    You are obviously angry that I share a different view than you Brad, but instead of getting mad about it, why don’t you offer some more “pros” to my column, and/or rebut some of my “cons”, instead of reducing the discussion to your angry diatribe.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 27, 2010 at 3:00 PM

      Just to inject some stats into this debate: Iguodala is shooting 24.5% from beyond 10 feet this season. He also takes just as many long twos a game as he does at the rim. (That’s bad, the only guys who can make a living creating their own long twos are Dirk/Kobe/Melo, and even they have their problems with it.)

  4. gibsonmg - Nov 27, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Last season’s stats don’t back up all your claims.

    Jumpshooting – Yes he is horrendous behind the 3pt line but long 2’s (16-23ft) he is actually right at the league average at 39%.

    Creating shots for others – He ranked 7th is shooting guards in assist ratio last season

    Turnover in crunch time – His Turnover ratio in clutch situations (4th Q or OT less than 5 min neither team ahead by 5) is 4.9. LeBron was at 4.1 and Durant was at 5 and Deron Williams is at 5.8.

    Terrible in clutch at together – This is somewhat accurate, his FT percentage drops to 66% in clutch situations, he does however score points in the clutch ranking 10th among SG’s at 29 pt’s per 48 minutes.

    No good stat for Basketball IQ but a couple stats that show his well rounded attributes – 4th among SG is rebounding rate, his value added ranked him 6th among SG’s.

    Thank you to 82 games, ESPN Hollinger ratings, and Hoops Data

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