The Warriors’ acquisition of Andre Iguodala via a sign-and-trade gives them one of the most versatile players in the game, and we cobbled together a few stats to illustrate just how rare Iguodala’s resume is.
ABOVE AVERAGE AVERAGES
Iguodala holds career averages of 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists. Those career benchmarks of 15 points, five rebounds and four assists have only been reached by one player in a Warriors career spanning at least 40 games: Hall of Famer Rick Barry, who averaged 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists over 642 career games for the Warriors. Taking it a step further, only four active players (min. 1 regular season game played in 2012-13) hold career averages of 15/5/4: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and Iguodala. If the per game averages don’t do it for you, then there are the hard numbers: Iguodala is the second youngest active player to have amassed 10,000 points, 4,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,000 steals, behind only LeBron James.
By tallying 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists against the Warriors in Nuggets’ First Round series loss to Golden State, Iguodala did something the Warriors haven’t seen in quite some time. Only two players have ever posted at least 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a single postseason for the Warriors: Nate Thurmond in 1972 (25.4 points, 17.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists) and Neil Johnston in 1956 (20.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists). The only other players to average at least 18 points/eight rebounds/five assists in the 2013 Playoffs: LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
IN HIS DEFENSE
Iguodala has been named both an NBA All-Star (2011-12) and a member of the NBA All-Defensive Team (2010-11). The Warriors haven’t had a player make the All-Defensive Team since Latrell Sprewell in 1993-94 (Second Team). The last player to appear in a game for the Warriors with an All-Defensive Team honor on his resume was Raja Bell (Second Team in 2007-08), who did just that—appeared in a single game for the Warriors in 2009-10.
UNDER-3O TRIP-DUB CLUB
With nine career triple-doubles, Iguodala has the fourth most trip-dubs by any active player under the age of 30, behind only LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul. Of those triple-doubles, two have come against Golden State, one in 2007 and another in 2011. In fact, Iguodala is one of just six active players with multiple triple-doubles against Golden State, along with Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Boris Diaw.
In the frivolities department, Iguodala will be the seventh Arizona Wildcat to play for the Warriors (replacing outgoing Wildcat Richard Jefferson) and will be the eighth player in team history to wear the No. 9 uniform, the first since Ike Diogu (2005-06). The ninth overall pick in 2004, Iguodala was chosen two spots before the Warriors selected Andris Biedrins (11th overall), who was traded to Utah as part of the three-team deal to acquire Iguodala. The trade came exactly 11 months after Iguodala was sent to Denver as part of a four-team deal on August 10, 2012.