How Andre Iguodala Elevates Golden State Warriors’ Playoff Ceiling

July 23rd, 2013 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

The Golden State Warriors made a legitimate playoff run for the first time in years last season, and now that Andre Iguodala is on board, the team's postseason prospects are looking better than ever.

The veteran wing ended up in Golden State as part of a complicated three-team sign-and-trade deal that also allowed the Dubs to jettison the dead-weight contracts of Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson. Strictly from a financial standpoint, the Iguodala addition was a coup for the Warriors.

Beyond the monetary relief, though, Iguodala gives the Warriors a couple of critical new dimensions that they simply didn't have a year ago. The team will be different without Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, but it will also be much more dangerous.


Jack vs. Iguodala

It's not entirely fair to make a one-to-one comparison between Jack and Iguodala. Most likely, the reserve minutes Jack ate up last season will fall to Harrison Barnes, who'll be demoted to bench duty with Iguodala taking over the starting small forward role.

In terms of actual on-court duties, though, there's a lot of logi ...

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