The Denver Nuggets won their ninth straight game with a road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s a great start to a stretch of four games in five nights, all on the road. As I watch the Nuggets continue to roll and rise up the Western Conference standings, there is one thought that keeps going through my head.
The Nuggets got the best of the big four-team trade last summer when they acquired Andre Iguodala. That’s the trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers and Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers. Everyone outside of Denver is now talking about who is the bigger disappointment, Howard or Bynum? While everyone else argues that point, the Nuggets just keep winning and Iguodala keeps getting better.
He has not had a great season but he has played in every game, and has been an important part of a team that is rolling. While his offense was inconsistent early, his defense has been something the Nuggets have counted on all year. He is always around the ball and is good for two or three steals a night that almost always lead to fast breaks.
During the nine game winning streak, Iguodala has started to find his game on the offensive side of the court. The jump shot is coming around and he is more comfortable with his teammates in the half-court offense. If Iguodala continues to improve his offense, then he will be a huge asset as the playoffs approach.
No one is saying that Iguodala is a better player than either Howard or Bynum, but he has had a big impact on the Nuggets. The same cannot be said for the two who were supposed to be the main parts of the trade. So if someone asks you who got the best of the Howard/Bynum trade, tell them the Nuggets. You will probably get a funny look but you will also be right.
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