See You At the 2008 All-Star Game, Iggy
Posted Mar 13 2007 9:40AM
I know the 2008 All-Star Game is a year away, but as a lifelong 76ers fan Iím starting the vote for Andre Iguodala campaign early.
The versatile swingman has shown this season that he is ready to take the next step towards stardom and represent the East in next yearís All-Star spectacular in New Orleans.
Letís explore this together.
Hereís the raw data as of March 12th through the 46 games since Allen Iverson was shipped off to Denver.
Iguodala is averaging: 20.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 3.6 turnovers on 46 percent shooting from the field and 83 percent shooting from the foul line.
These, Iím sure youíll agree, are impressive numbers. To put things into perspective, these numbers are almost identical to the digits Scottie Pippen produced during his six championship seasons in Chicago.
And Iíd say it is worth noting that Pippen was a perennial All-Star throughout the 90ís and was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.
Donít go getting all excited. Iím not suggesting that Iggy is yet the caliber of player that Pippen was, but I wouldnít be the first person to compare their styles or contributions, would I?
Iguodala, who was the ninth pick of the 2004 draft, was touted as a capable scorer and a lockdown defender coming out of Arizona. This season he is showing that he is as good as advertised.
He is long, infinitely athletic and freakishly strong - three characteristics dreaded by the players he guards. Heís currently ranked fifth in the NBA with 2.05 thefts per game.
Although his defense is noteworthy, his offensive skill set is what he is most famous for.
With the athleticism of Vince Carter and the power of Amare Stoudemire, there are few occasions in an NBA game that provide fans with the anticipation and excitement of an Iguodala fastbreak or alley-oop.
Also, Iggy is durable. He has played and started in 227 straight games without an absence, good for a gold star from any grade-school teacher.
The Sixers are in the midst of a seven-game win streak, a resurgence that more than a few fans aren't thrilled about considering it could cost Philly a few ping-pong balls at the Draft Lottery.
Iguodala, who has three triple-doubles on the season, is averaging 25 points a game during the winning streak and has emerged as the leader of the Sixers.
It is apparent that there are two relevant considerations here:
The answer to both of those questions is yes.