Monday, December 29, 2014

All-Star Iguodala scoring less, winning more

The Eastern Conference coaches spoke loud and clear their message was simple – winning matters.

All-Star Iguodala scoring less, winning more

The Eastern Conference coaches spoke loud and clear their message was simple – winning matters.

And that played a major role in earning Andre Iguodala his first all-star selection. This is the fourth straight season that Iguodala’s scoring has dipped. He’s averaging 13 points per game.

Yet the Sixers 18-8 record and Iguodala’s all-around game, made the coaches to notice him. The fact that he is among the top defenders, surely helped his cause.

As noted before, Iguodala, LeBron James and Kyle Lowry (an all-star snub and former Cardinal Dougherty and Villanova standout) are the only NBA players averaging at least 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.

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Of the seven reserves, six are on teams that were the top seven in the Eastern Conference. Only Deron Williams of New Jersey, who is having a sensational season as the Sixers saw first-hand in a home overtime loss to the Nets, was the lone reserve on a team not among the top seven.

What coaches also saw was how many things Iguodala does to help his team. It’s no coincidence that he is also among the 20 finalists for a berth on the U.S. Olympic team.

One of the best things that Doug Collins has done in his year-and-a-half, is help transform Iguodala.

In the past Iguodala felt he had to carry the scoring load and often took ill-advised shots. Collins convinced him that less could be more. Not more points, but more wins.

Want to hear a surprising statistic?

Iguodala is fourth on his own team in field goal attempts with 272. Those ahead of him are Jrue Holiday (343), Lu Williams (331) and Thaddeus Young (280).

Yet Iguodala’s defense has been better than ever. Last season he was a second-team all-NBA choice and there is no question that he will vie for first-team honors.

Now Iguodala can look to achieve his next goal – winning his first playoff series. This has been a year of firsts and there is no reason to think that won’t happen as well.

About this blog

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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