When the Denver Nuggets agreed to join in on the four-team trade that brought them Andre Igoudala and sent Arron Afflalo to the Orlando Magic, landed Dwight Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Andrew Bynum with the Philadelphia 76ers many assumed that – besides the Magic – the Nuggets got the short end of the stick. Looking back and seeing that the Nuggets got the one player that has been the most consistent throughout the season, one could even argue that the Nuggets were the winners in the whole scenario.
Iguodala has been the steady veteran leader the young Nuggets have lacked for years. Granted vet Andre Miller is on the roster but his leadership is more of a laid back influence than one that inspires teammates to raise their intensity. The was Iguodala attacks every game offensively and defensively has been a huge addition to Nuggets fast-paced style of play while also giving Denver a perimeter defender to throw at opposing teams’ superstars.
Although his statistics have been modest – Iguodala is only averaging 13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game – and his free-throw shooting is reminiscent of Nick Anderson’s struggles in the 90’s, what Iguodala brings to the table on terms of intangibles has been immeasurable this season.
Iguodala has the option to terminate the final $15.9 million of his contract with the Nuggets next season, but he would be wise to stay put and consider inking a long-term deal with Denver. The Nuggets core of young players Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee have them in position to be competitive for years to come, and Iguodala should stick around and help this team contend for a championship.