The Denver Nuggets had a great regular season, and the franchise has been rewarded as such. Head coach George Karl was named the 2012-13 NBA Coach of the Year, Masai Ujiri was named the Executive of the Year and Kenneth Faried was the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his dedication to the community.
This deserving recognition comes after a season in which the Nuggets won a franchise-record 57 games, relying on a deep roster and teamwork with no superstar.
Andre Iguodala was a defensive star on an offensive-minded team and failed to make the NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams. This season, Iguodala’s defense was not as lights-out as those who did make the All-Defensive teams, but his defensive presence is still appreciated and desperately needed for the Nuggets.
If he doesn’t end up re-signing with Denver, the team will need to try and find someone to replace the defensive numbers he puts up on a regular basis. He led the Nuggets in steals per game last season and can be relied on to guard the toughest scorers in the league.
Iguodala made the All-Defensive Second Team for the 2010-11 season while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Was he overlooked this season? Not at all. Iguodala is a great defensive and team player, but his numbers weren’t great this year when looking at those who made the teams.
He did show in the regular season and playoffs that he can also score the basketball and is becoming more of an offensive threat, seemingly making him more valuable and an easy fit for any roster.
The team effort from all sides of the franchise was remarkable for the Nuggets this past regular season, and the awards and accolades slightly ease the pain of another dismal playoff performance. Next season looks bright for the Nuggets; however, if Iguodala doesn’t stick it out in Denver, the team will desperately need to find someone else that can be effective on the defensive end, forcing turnovers and pushing the fast break.
Hopefully Iguodala decides to see what he can contribute to a team that will surely do damage in the postseason next year.