Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 1:00 pm  |  68 responses

Top 50: Andre Iguodala, no. 26

The definitive ranking of the NBA’s best players.

by Doobie Okon

Over the last couple days, new rumors have sprouted that the 76ers entered into the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, with Andre Iguodala being the main trade bait. One of my friends, a fellow Sixers fan, said yesterday that if Sixers GM Ed Stefanski pulled this deal off, he’d anoint the oft-criticized Stefanski “King of Philadelphia.”

In fact, he said Stefanski would warrant the regal moniker even if he made the trade and ‘Melo only played one minute in a Sixers uniform. Yes, that’s how much Philly fans love thAndre Iguodalaeir Iggy…the majority just want him gone at this point.

On paper, Iguodala’s numbers are fine. Matter of fact — they’re pretty damn good. Since Allen Iverson jettisoned Philly for Denver back in December of 2006, Iggy has averaged 18.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists. And there’s no doubt that the former ‘Zona Wildcat has immense talent to go along with his incredible leaping ability, as Nate Robinson surely knows.

It’s quite amazing how much national perception can differ from the local feel, though. On the outside looking in, many will look at Iggy’s well-rounded statistics and be comfortable putting him as the 26th best player in the League. But trust me when I say that many Philadelphians are going to disagree.

So, what’s the problem with Andre and the city of not so brotherly love?

Defense? Nah. Iguodala is regarded as an above-average defender around the League, and his size (6-6, 207 pounds) and speed allows him to cover the likes of Kobe, LeBron, Durant and usually any other team’s best player on a nightly basis. Many Philly fans know and appreciate this defensive effort.

Durability? Not even close. Andre has only missed six games his entire career, all at the end of the ’06-07 season.

The jump shot? Well, it certainly isn’t pretty and it certainly isn’t great. Iggy’s 44.3 percent field goal percentage last season was the worst of his career, and his career mark of 32.1 percent from beyond the arc is not very good at all. But when you consider Kobe’s marks of 45.6 FG% and 32.9 3P% from last year, Iggy’s numbers don’t look so awful. And lord knows Allen Iverson didn’t shoot very well when he was shining in a Sixers uni, either.

The problem with Iggy dates back to that gloomy winter day when the little guy left, when Andre Iguodala became the primary ‘AI’ in the locker room. The Sixers never intended to draft Iguodala as a replacement for Allen Iverson, but that’s the position Iguodala had to assume simply because he was the next best player on the team. And because of that, Philadelphia has been mired in mediocrity and inconsistency the last four seasons until this past year when they thankfully lost enough games to land the No. 2 draft pick.

So, it’s not all Iggy’s fault. He’s a good guy, a sick dunker, a great talent, but frankly, Andre Iguodala is not a franchise player. Tools abound, he’s not the leader that LeBron is. He’s not the winner that Kobe is. He doesn’t have the heart that AI played with every game.

Some nights, he puts up fantastic numbers. Others, he disappears. Although his shooting percentages are decent, Iguodala often settles for the jumper instead of driving the lane, where he can thrive. And the worst attribute — he’s not the type to take over the game in the waning minutes. He’s just not that guy.

The point is, Iguodala’s had to be that guy since Iverson left. Sure, Iggy’s numbers greatly increased when the Answer exited Philly, and maybe they would diminish again if he was on another team, but I believe he’d flourish much more as a big impact role player than as a franchise guy. And maybe with Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner emerging for the 76ers this year, Iggy might play down into more of a successful role, but that’s to be seen.

However you view Iggy’s career so far, either as a success or an enigma, the people have spoken…and I say kudos to you, Andre Iguodala, on your No. 26 ranking.

Player Team Position 2010 2009 2010 2009
Ray Allen Celtics SG 50 36 11 10
Gilbert Arenas Wizards SG 49 34 10 9
Lamar Odom Lakers PF 48 33 14 10
John Wall Wizards PG 47 NR 13 NR
OJ Mayo Grizzlies SG 46 46 9 12
Al Horford Hawks C 45 NR 6 NR
Jason Kidd Mavs PG 44 45 12 10
Joakim Noah Bulls C 43 NR 5 NR
LaMarcus Aldridge Blazers PF 42 39 13 12
David West Hornets PF 41 31 12 8
Monta Ellis Warriors SG 40 NR 8 NR
Andrew Bogut Bucks C 39 NR 4 NR
Yao Ming Rockets C 38 NR 3 NR
Brandon Jennings Bucks PG 37 NR 11 NR
Zach Randolph Grizzlies PF 36 NR 11 NR
Stephen Curry Warriors PG 35 NR 10 NR
David Lee Warriors PF 34 NR 10 NR
Brook Lopez Nets C 33 NR 2 NR
Gerald Wallace Bobcats SF 32 NR 6 NR
Manu Ginobili Spurs SG 31 29 7 8
Tony Parker Spurs PG 30 15 9 3
Kevin Garnett Celtics PF 29 13 9 3
Rudy Gay Grizzlies SF 28 44 5 9
Josh Smith Hawks PF 27 40 8 13
Andre Iguodala 76ers SG 26 26 6 7

• Rankings are based solely on projected ’10-11 performance.
• Contributors to this list include: Jeremy Bauman, Maurice Bobb, Erildas Budraitis, Sean Ceglinsky, Ben Collins, Bryan Crawford, Sandy Dover, Adam Figman, Manny Maduakolam, Eddie Maisonet, Ryne Nelson, Doobie Okon, Ben Osborne, Charles Peach, Branden Peters, Quinn Peterson, David Schnur, Todd Spehr, Kyle Stack, Adam Sweeney, Dennis Tarwood, Tracy Weissenberg, Lang Whitaker, Eric Woodyard, and Nima Zarrabi.
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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Couldn’t agree more with you Doobie. AI’s nice, but probably never better than No. 26… if that.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    BTW – He hates Iggy…just call him “Dre.”

  • catface34343

    im a big sixers fan and i love Andre. People believe he cannot be the best player on a winning team. I tend to disagree with that because theyre are not many “players” better then him. I think the team just needs to piece players around him better, and I believe theyre starting to do that. They have scorers in Turner, lou, thad and Brand (hes gonna score again this year), a good floor general and outside shooter in Jrue, and a bunch of talented big men. Not to mention Collins creating a defensive system that will help the young team flourish, plus an offense that will help him not have to work as hard for shots. Andre is just not a great scorer, whcih we in Philly have come to expect for our stars. When you have other people who can score, why cant your best player just be very good at everything else?

  • doppler

    Who cares what name he likes, he didnt write this. Not bad, doubie.

  • http://ypblogspot.com yprichb

    Living in the philly area I definitely agree with your assessment of Iggy. I think Philly fans have more of a problem with Iggy’s $80mil contract. Not Iggy’s fault but when you get paid like that you need to be 25ppg minimum. Unfortunately we have 2 players with $80mil contracts and aren’t cracking 20 ppg. With a star player next to him (Evan Turner, fingers crossed) Iggy will thrive. Solid but not great, and sadly probably not an all-star either.

  • Kas


  • JTaylor21

    JSmith is better than Iggy; a better defender, rebounder, and effects the outcome of a game more.

  • Cotton

    As a Sixers fan, I think trading AI9 (and probably some expiring contracts/picks) for Melo would be one of the dumbest things that Stefanski could ever do. Why would we ditch him for a slightly better player and a MUCH larger contract? I like the young core of this team and I think that needs to be built upon.
    Iggy’s constantly improving, and I think he got a taste of the win this summer. We get a credible big man and we’ll have a serious team to work with.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    “Doubie” didn’t write this either…

  • stever3434

    Andre is a better one-on-one defender, much better passer, better ball handler, better midrange shot, and has better knowledge of the game.

  • T-Money

    Dre is really nice but he’s not that dude. Actually, I’m not even sure he could be the second best player on a championship team. He wouldn’t be on MIA, LAL, BOS or SAS… perhaps Orlando. / Okay, Bryan. We kinda get it, you like to point out spelling mistakes in comments sections.

  • cool j

    Andre ahead of Manu Ginobili ? am I dreaming?

  • JTaylor21

    JSmith just has more of an impact on the game than ‘Dre.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @T-Money: Thank’s for spellchecking your comment first. Looks good.

  • Hussman25

    No disrespect to your article Doobie, very well written and expresses Philly’s setiments on Dre’s game, but I could give a f_ _ _ abt his ranking… 80 Million equates to a superstars contract and being a leader! He dont play like one (superstar) and couldnt rally or support his team when times were down (leader) he threw Eddie Jordan under the bus!He’s overpaid and overhyped… Who cares if he can dunk and has CRAZY athleticism! Just give me wins and Buckets (insert Carmello Anthony trade reference here)… I hate the form of his jumper, his ballhandling and the crooked face he makes when things arent going rite… Great Write-up again Doobie, I’m just one of the Philly fans sick of #9.

  • stever3434

    He really doesnt. They talk about teams secondary in football and say would you rather have a guy who gets a bunch of interceptions or one who is so good they dont even throw at him. Thats the difference between the two. Iguodala is a great defender in the same sense as Artest and Bowen. Much more of a shut down defender. Smith is good weakside and blocks shots. Smith can block 3 shots a game, but Iguodala can keep a good player from getting up or getting off a shot 5+ plus times a game.

  • http://www,myczechrepublic.com SAB

    @Bryan – it’s thanks, not thank’s…
    dre’s shouldn’t be a first option. ridiculous contract and we all knew it when it happened. would be a good second/third option but never your leader. crazy.

  • add

    could be #20

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    He would be perfect in the triangle…

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @SAB: Dammit, you got me!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Josh Smith is a good on ball defender against most threes and certain fours in the league. He’s giving up a lot of pounds to the bigger fours though.

  • stever3434

    Andre can cover 3 positions, sometimes 4s

  • CoachK

    I agree, i would say the same about Rudy Gay. Great talent, just not a franchise player.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    cosign stever

  • JTaylor21

    JSmith is a better defender, end of story!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’ve seen Igoudala cover twos and threes well, haven’t seen him do that well with most point guards, centers or power forwards.
    I can’t say for sure who is the better defender between the two.
    Also, I can’t concede that Igoudala is the better midrange shooter. Do you have some stats or something on that?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I was cosigning stever’s 1:46 Comment not his 3:29 one. JTaylor has no reasoning behind what he says, its just an uneducated guess/opinion

  • JTaylor21

    nbk do you have numbers or research to back up your BS, NO. I say that JSmith’s a better defender than ‘Dre because he can guard 4 maybe all 5 positions on the floor, blocks shots (2.1bpg) with the best of them, and does of great job of steals (1.6spg). What numbers do you have to back up ‘Dre being a better defender? NONE don’t try to claim basketball knowledge when you’re obviously lacking in that area.

  • SpaceJam

    @ Allenp, looked it up on hoopdata.com. Dre is a much better shooter but he’s still a crapy shooter. 39% from mid-range. Josh Smith 29%. I can’t argue with the placement because Iggy is a very good players with great stats. A mini LeBron in terms of stats. Only because this is based on projected stat rankings. So Lebron, D wade, and Chris bosh shouldn’t be in the top 4

  • JTaylor21

    ^^This has nothing to do with stats but EVERYTHING to do with potential impact on their respective teams and league this season. The players that impact the game most will be higher than dudes who don’t.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    uhh every single day huh…..first off, josh smith cannot guard 4 positions let alone all 5. He can guard 2 positions, and really he is most effective gaurding a small forward (when he actually plays over 85% of his minutes at power forward). He may be the best weakside help defender in the league outside of Dwight but that isn’t THAT important. He is horrendous guarding the post and very average against the pick and roll. He gets his stats from helping so using his stats to “make your point” doesn’t prove anything. Now onto comparing him to iguodala. Iguodala holds his opponent to a lower PER then Smith, Iguodala’s opponents score less points on a lower shooting %, and causes more Turnovers. THere is literally nothing other then blocking shots that Josh Smith does better then Iguodala on defense

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh and jtaylor, you of all people (since we know you value offense above all else) should know that Iguodala is better then Smith. Iguodala is far and away a better offensive player, there isn’t even a need for any kind of debate. Comparable (both are very solid) on defense and not even close on offense. is it really that hard to figure out who is better?

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Without even having to look up stats anyone should know that Iguodala is not only a better mid-range shooter, but an overall better shooter than Josh Smith. No offense to anybody, but that shouldn’t even be up for debate.

  • JTaylor21

    Of course when you dismiss me using his stats, you turnaround and quote ‘Dre stats to prove your point, talk about a case of contradiction. By the way, I value defense WAY more than offense which is why I’ve always dismissed Nash winning those 2 MVPs due to never playing D. So before you try to act like you know what the HELL you’re talking bout, at least state FACTS.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You yesterday were talking about how underrated Zach Randolph is. WHich is pretty hypocritical given what your claiming now. And the stats I was referring to were your “blocks shots (2.1bpg) with the best of them, and does of great job of steals (1.6spg).” The stats I referenced where weighed against josh smith. And my stats also reflect defensive performance on a possession by possession bases. Your stats just say hey he blocked 2 shots a game. It doesn’t prove who’s shots he’s blocking, or whether or not those blocks are actually translating to an advantage for atlanta. FOr instance he could block two shots out of bounds every game. Which means the opponent does not lose a possession. DO you understand the difference between a stat that says something (PER – shooting %) that actually shows the effect on the outcome of a game and a stat that tells you very little (blocks, steals)?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    even though this is probably a pointless little addition i feel compelled to let you know.
    MVP is a regular season award, traditionally given to the player that means the most to his teams success. So even though i disagree with 1 of nash’s mvp’s it is important that you realize he got them leading phoenix to the BEST RECORD (wins & losses if your retarded) in the regular season over that two year stretch. So him being the reason they were winning translated into him deserving atleast top 3 mvp consideration. And “best player” & “most valuable player” are different things if you can’t understand the meaning of those combinations of words.

  • JTaylor21

    I am all for stats but when we start delving into advanced stats like PER we will literally be here all day long arguing and never reach a common ground. By the way, the reason why I said that ZBo’s underrated was because he’s being one of the best PFs for the last 5-6 years even without playing D but Nash got 2 MVPs (which means that idiots out there thought he was the best in the league). Nash is a great point guard but he’s not good enough on both ends to be an MVP.

  • JTaylor21

    Also how the HELL can you be the most valuable when you play NO defense? Riddle me that.

  • Loaf

    JT your such a c**t aint ya? just hate on everything and disagree with everything

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    did you not read our conversation yesterday? you just spit out ignorance day after day without actually reading what I say? There is a HUGE – ASTRONOMICAL – GIGANTIC difference between getting offensive stats and losing 40+ games a year and getting offensive stats and winning 45+ games a year. Steve Nash has been the starting PG on 10 STRAIGHT PLAYOFF TEAMS. Zach Randolph has been the leading scorer/rebounder/best offensive player/worst defensive player on ZERO playoff teams. He last went to the playoffs with Portland in 2002-03. IS IT THAT HARD TO FIGURE OUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING THAT I HAVE TO WRITE AN ENTIRE SENTENCE IN CAPS LOCK TO GET YOU TO USE THAT THING THAT SUPPOSED TO BE INBETWEEN YOUR EARS?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    and you can be most valuable player by playing no defense by leading your team to 60 wins and then 55+ wins without your best scorer. Just use common sense, start like this, what is basketball? (a sport/game) what is the point of games? (to win). take that premise and apply it to Zach Randolph, then apply it to every other “top PF” in the NBA. You will quickly realized that the best PF’s or players for tht matter find a way to win. Not just contribute to a loser.

  • JTaylor21

    Bra, slow your roll before cardiac arrest hits you. Nobody is saying that ZBo’s an MVP but you can’t deny the fact that dude’s one of the best PFs. There have been many great players that played on terrible teams, so don’t act like this is something new. By the way, no one’s comparing Nash to ZBo because nash is obviously the better player but he’s not an MVP. CP took the mildly talented Hornets to the 2nd seed and had WAY better numbers than Nash’s MVPs years but where’s his award? Just because Nash won that many games doesn’t mean he deserved those awards.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Did I ever say he was an MVP? I am saying Zach Randolph is a good player, he sure isn’t great, and he is so bad at defense that his offense translates into almost nothing. fair or not a bad defensive big hurts your team infinitely more then a bad defensive guard. its just the way basketball works. And what does CP’s season where he took NOH to the conference finals have to do with the MVP award. As stated over and over to the point where i think i am literally talking to someone with a mental handicap i have pointed out MVP is a regular season award. (And for the record the year CP had better numbers then Nash (the year your talking about), he finished higher in the MVP voting, 2nd for the record, but Kobe got more votes because he was (in the eyes of the voters) more important to the level of his teams success) once again you jumping to conclusions about unrelated things is making me worry, do you even have a point?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh and “mildly talented” is how you describe CP’s teammates, well in Nash’s 1st MVP season the Suns were not picked by any espn/abc/tnt basketball analysts to even make the playoffs. (they finished with the best record in the whole league) and in his 2nd MVP season they were picked to finish no higher then 5th because Amar’e was out for the year, then they won 55 games and the pacific division.

  • JTaylor21

    What ever bra but haven’t I being saying that ZBo’s a very good player for the last 2 days and that he’s not a good defender. So what the HELL are you arguing about? Also a bad defender is a bad defender it doesn’t matter what position they play, so trying to make excuses for dude is pathetic. The suns suck defensively due to Nash’s inability to slow-down opposing points from attacking at will. Nash is OVERRATED, I don’t care how many games the suns won because to be the most valuable you HAVE to an impact on both ends of the court.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Iggy is overrated ship his ass out for Melo

  • French toast

    Overrated ! No D.
    Just an athletic player like Rudy Gay ! Like most said, trade him for melo.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Good stuff Doobie.
    Co-sign nbk… I’d probably take Dre over Josh Smith too.
    The thing with versatile forwards like Dre and Lamar Odom is that they are good at a myriad of different things on the basketball court, but don’t really EXCEL at any one of them. Players like Steve Nash might be invisible in some facets of the game (ie defense), but they are GREAT in other areas. “One-dimensional” players who are undeniably great in their “one-dimensional” skill sets can be forgiven for lacking in other areas, and are easier to build around. You can complement a great scorer who sucks at defense by surrounding him with great defenders who may or may not suck at offense. In other words, guys like Dre and Lamar are PERFECT second options who can hold your team together wherever you need them, but they aren’t necessarily THE players you’d want running your team.
    I usually h@te it when great players are told to be second options because their teams suck–but this is a different case. You add another star to Philly and Dre’s worth becomes manifest.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    *importance and worth to his team*

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    JTaylor slow your role stop calling me bra and stop spitting out ignorance and callin me pathetic. You have no idea what in the world your talking about, you don’t read what is said coherently and just come out talking crazy. First the MVP award is the “most valuable player,” not “the best player.” Both seasons Nash won phoenix had the best record in the west. One season without their best scorer. And MVP is a regular season award. And despite Nash’s defensive issues he managed to make plays on the defensive end. He is always top 5 or so in Charges, he makes a difference, and….again his teams win. Plus for you if you read this, don’t talk or make claims until you are 100% certain what your saying is not ignorant or stupid, The suns were not “terrible” defensively, they gave up a lot of points and played at a ridiculously high pace. In 2004-05 (Nash’s 1st MVP season) the suns were 17th in defensive rating, 05-06 (MVP season number 2) the suns had the 16th best defensive rating. There are 30 teams in the NBA, 17th is right in the middle, average, not even close to terrible. The last 3 teams Zach Randolph has played for in his career have finished with the 19th (last season w/ memphis) 27th (clippers)/ 23rd (Knicks – 2 years ago) – 29th (Knicks 3 years ago) – 26th (Portland 2006-07 – which featured Zach Randolph as their go to guy just like every team i’m have and am about to list) – 28th (Portland – same situation except they didn’t have brandon roy or lamarcus aldridge). I can keep going back until he came off the bench and didn’t have any major defensive responsibilities. I know I know he played for less talented teams, well its pretty damn consistent, if Zach Randolph is your starting PF even if you have a defensively solid lineup (Memphis last season has a very strong lineup defensively, except Gasol but only against more agile centers…well and randolph. duh) your team will not be any good defensively. You can argue all you want but the proofs in the pudding. Zach Randolph puts up great stats…for losers. Which makes him good, not great. OH and if you do read this, which you probably won’t since its SOOOO many words, I would also like to point out that Iguodala (who you claim is the one who is overrated, on a number of erroneous and ignant fronts) has seen more of the playoffs then Zach Randolph, in 3 less years. Again Winning Matters, stats don’t!

  • stever54

    You put way too much value on individual defensive statistics. Guys who take chances on steals and block shots out of bounds are not always great defenders. Do you think Iverson should have won defensive player of the year 3 straight years? Good defenders are the ones who take away shots and force bad ones. Thats a championship defender, and if you forgot…the goal is to win.

    Sorry those type of numbers arnt too easy for you to find. I guess your gonna have to actually start watching the game and not just look up stats to make your ignorant arguments.

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    Dang…… All this arguing over Andre Iguodala

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    There is no criteria for MVP, NBK, and I’m not sure your argument about the name makes sense.
    Yes, it’s most valuable, but exactly what does valuable have to do with the fact that the Suns had the best record in league for those two years?
    The truth is, Mvp has been awarded to different players for vastly different reasons. In the early days of the League, it was solely about winning championships or being a serious contender which is how Bill Russell could win it without even being first team all nba. Later, it was about individual dominance and brilliance, which is what led to Moses Malone’s wins despite playing for a sub .500 team.
    During the Bird and Magic years it was about who sportwriters loved the most, not who was winning the most rings, or even who was the best player on the best team, or who was the individual best player. During Jordan’s heyday it was often about who was the best player in the league, but exceptions would be made if another great player had an outstanding year and his team was really successful.
    Really, valuable depends on who is asking and the current mood in the NBA.
    There is a legitimate argument to be had about whether Kobe or Lebron or even Shaq were more valuable to their individual teams than Nash was to his considering hte ridiculous talent surrounding him even after Amare went down. But, it can also be argued that the Phoenix Suns would have had no success without a dynmaic point guard, and Nash fit the bill perfectly. Then again, you could argue that with a point guard who played more defense, the suns would have been far more formidable and able to deal with teams like San Antonio when the tempo slowed in the postseason. After all, how important is regular season success when the only real measure of achievement in the NBA is a ring?
    I think Nash fans sometimes make ridiculous arguments to try to defend his MVPs when they should just say that the MVP is a subjective award and it’s no biggie if people don’t think Nash deserved two of them.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Allenp, why in the world would it matter that the suns didn’t play as well in the postseason, if the MVP is for the REGULAR season?

  • clayton

    whole article basically convincing us that iggy is just a really good role player, shouldnt be the best player on a team…how does that justify a 26th ranking

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Allen i am not arguing that he did or didn’t deserve MVP, I am arguing why he got MVP. The name of the award does matter in the context i’m using it, “best player” and “most valuable” are different, thats all i am saying. And what adoes what happened in the past matter? Steve Nash the person we are talking about didn’t win it in 1966 or any year in the era’s you described. I was not talking about criteria either, I was explaining why he won it, when he won it) not what it takes/took in the past or future. His role as the Suns best player, captain, and undisputed leader and the fact that they had so much success were (in those years, and arguably now) more important to winning the award then statistics or weaknesses. I was also only referring to what makes his defensive issues less damning then a guy like Zach Randolph by using his win totals and team defensive ranking as examples.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Allen I also said on here and Zach Randolph’s post, I only agree with one of Nash’s awards, or would/could argue for. The first year Shaq should have won the award IMO, he went from Kobe (“best player of this generation”) to Dwyane (most STILL think Kobe is better). and won the East, Shaq was absolutely dominant. His stats weren’t “amazing” for his standards but he took so much attention from opposing teams his worth to the Heat was incalcuable (priceless per say). But for Nash’s second award I would be content with Nash, Kobe or LeBron winning that year, all of which were immensley important to their team. But the fact that Phoenix didn’t have Amar’e, the Suns play in the West (especially in 2005-06 when the west was heads and tails more competitive then the east) and finished with the best record IMO there was no one more important to their teams success then Nash.

  • Seven Duece

    I think this will be the year that is most pivotal to AI9. He’s still young yet, and has probably really had a chance to look at what he does well and could improve upon after spending the summer with the Olympic team. He’s obviously not a franchise player, but he’s also far from one of those “3rd option at best” types as well. If he were in Cleveland, LBJ might have stayed, since Andre would have been his most talented teammate BY FAR. Put him on any other team and he dramatically improves them (even if it doesn’t show statistically) because of his versatility and unselfishness. At 18+ ppg, most people feel he’s a role player; 23+, and people will say he needs help.

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    This guy needs an MJ cuz hes def Pippen material.

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  • kos87

    Not a bad player,but he should be ranked lower,maybe around 40 or something.He could be a very useful role player in a contending team and I hope he ands up in a role like the one he had in team USA.The Sixers ask him to be their go-to-guy, but he can’t be that kind of player and he looks worse trying with all the bad offensive choices he makes.

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  • Gary Gibson

    Pretty Cool Blog Page . Andre Iguodala is a great dunker but the sixers need a leader on there team. I really miss Andre Miller. He made the sixers a playoff-out team when Iverson left.