Andre Iguodala got a firsthand look at what the Warriors are capable of when Golden State handled his Denver Nuggets in the first round of last season's playoffs. The 10th-year swingman has switched sides to help the Warriors make another postseason run.
Iguodala is widely regarded among the best all-around defenders in the NBA, something that already helps him fit in to coach Mark Jackson's vision of a defensive team that he has talked about since taking the helm of the team two seasons ago.
He is more than capable of contributing on offense as well, but on a team with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee — each capable of scoring 20 points a night — don't expect Iguodala to be all that close to his career average of 15.1 points per game.
“His ability to make plays, his ability to play multiple positions offensively and defensively, he's a proven guy,” Jackson said. “He's certainly a guy that is [a] jack of all trades. That's the reason we were so attracted to him and why we're so fortunate to have him.”
Iguodala will likely be tasked with guarding the other team's best perimeter player, a job that often fell to Thompson last season. The change will allow Thompson to focus more on developing his dangerous offensive game while giving Jackson more flexibility with his crunch-time lineup.