The REAL Reason Why Andre Iguodala Makes The Lakers SO Good (Ft. NBA Hands, Warriors, & Expressions)

Jul 25, 2019
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The Lakers might get Andre Iguodala to add to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but why does Iggy make them so good? #NBA #Lakers #Iguodala
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Yes, as of right now, Iggy is still on the Memphis Grizzlies, but he could get bought out, which would allow the Lakers to claim him off the waivers. There’s a lot of belief that Iguodala would make the Lakers the clear favorites to win the championship, even over the Clippers, so I wanted to break down all this.
Iguodala is statistically coming off his worst season in his career, averaging 5.7 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.7 rebounds coming off the bench on a stacked Warriors team for 23.2 minutes a game. Keep in mind that Andre is 35 years old, but his value doesn’t come through basic stats. That has become the embodiment of Iguodala, selflessness. A guy that will do whatever it takes for the team to win. But just having that mentality isn’t enough. You need to be able to actually act on that and for that you need to have skill. Iguodala has two main weapons that allows him to be a player you can just plug in with other players on offense and defense. It’s his hand-eye coordination and IQ. Iguodala has to have some of the best hand reflexes in the NBA. He can both any offensive player with his hands as he constantly adjusts them in the right position. Yes, that allows him to swipe the ball away and go for steals on the defensive end as he made clear against Damian Lillard. That defensive versatility won’t necessarily show up in your important stats, but it shows up in the playoffs when he’s tasked to guard the best players on the other team. When guarding Kawhi for 34.5 possessions in the finals, Iggy held him to 37.5% shooting from the field. While guarding Harden, Harden gave up the ball 28% more than his normal. Those are some of the best offensive players in the league and Iggy is bothering them. While that may be what we remember about Iggy, those quick reflexes are also used on the offensive end. A lot of times, Iguodala makes the hockey pass or a touch pass right after receiving a pass. It’s also why he can handle the ball and typically react to the defense’s openings in a snap. But a lot of what Iguodala does is IQ based. He has an understanding of court positioning and where he needs to be on the court to best help his teammates be the most effective. The original death lineup in 2015-2016 was Curry, Klay, Barnes, Iguodala, and Green. There’s playoffs Iguodala.
In 2018, Iguodala had the highest plus and minus in the playoffs out of all the Warriors including Durant and Curry. Iguodala just plays better in the playoffs, he’s counted on more and as we saw in Game 2 of the NBA Finals when Iggy hit the shot.
Not every player is a fit everywhere and Iguodala was also surrounded by some of the best shooters of all times. So now knowing all of this, knowing that Iguodala is selfless, that he improves in the playoffs, how does he fit with the Lakers. Well for one, Iggy would come off the bench. He could be playing anywhere from the shooting guard to the power forward depending on who he’s in with, providing a different skillset at each position. For one, it gives the Lakers another perimeter defensive stopper besides Avery Bradley. Danny Green is also a good defender and Anthony Davis is one of the best interior defenders, but apart from that, the Lakers seem to have defensive liabilities in LeBron unless he changes that, Kyle Kuzma, Boogie who needs to regain his lateral movement. The Lakers have the oldest roster in the NBA right now and so playing on both offense and defense simply may not be possible. With LeBron playing point, Iguodala can guard the point guard letting LeBron take more of a breather defensively. But what the Lakers desperately need and the reason why LeBron is forced to be point guard are ball handlers and playmakers. Now ball handling isn’t just being able to dribble because everyone in the NBA can do that, ball handlers have to be able to bring the ball up with tight defense around them, start plays from the top of the key or call new ones based off the defense, and simply give a different look. Iggy can do that in spades. He knows how to run the pick and roll which plays to the strength of a guy like Anthony Davis. Also remember that Iguodala played with both Javale McGee and Cousins.
The last and probably the most important thing Iggy brings this team is championship experience. Yes he’s super versatile, but specifically it’s his ball handling ability and individual defensive presence that the Lakers need to really round out this team and go head to head with a team like the Clippers who have amazing role players everywhere. But what do you think? Will Iguodala land on the Lakers? Do the Lakers need him or can they win without him?

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    • Lakers bandwagons...smh

      Matt ZimmermannMatt ZimmermannYear ago
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      JocelJocelYear ago
    • Igoudala is not getting bought out btw. The Grizzlies have said multiple times that they are looking to trade him and have no interest in buying him out.

      1 Survivor1 SurvivorYear ago
    • Clippers or Jazz

      1 Survivor1 SurvivorYear ago
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  • I am sorry but its imposible for igoudala join lakers🤣🤣🤣🤣 he will stay in gsw now since he came back to his homr

    General ProYTGeneral ProYTMonth ago
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    Lyn PajarilloLyn Pajarillo3 months ago
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  • That 6:08 though wtf

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  • Iggy going to the Lakers

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  • Stop it he coming to the Clippers lol

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    • Didn't age well lmao

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    Caleb HallCaleb HallYear ago
  • Make some trade for him and dwight

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    Zach EritanoZach EritanoYear ago
  • It's ridiculous how any of you believe he is actually gonna be a Laker. He'll sign with the clippers before he even thinks of joining the lakers

    Edward ValenciaEdward ValenciaYear ago
    • @Tj Johal come back to this comment and tell me I'm wrong when he signs with the Lakers then...

      Edward ValenciaEdward ValenciaYear ago
    • Bruh iggy would the lakers trust plus he’s a friend of lebron him draymond and durant have went to dinner with him a couple of times

      Tj JohalTj JohalYear ago
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  • Lebron is a defensive liability. Hah, how hilarious. He didn’t defend Simmons on that three pointer because Simmons doesn’t shoot three pointers.

    Michael LepeMichael LepeYear ago
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  • Until the Lakers Iggy, they must use their offense to overpower teams to compensate for the lack of defense at the 3-spot. 😀😀😀 Jumping to a 15 to 20 point lead early as the Lakers form of defense.

    DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
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    Patrick JabagatPatrick JabagatYear ago
  • Good iguodala LA Lakers

    Marhataman SangkopanMarhataman SangkopanYear ago
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    Glenn SmithGlenn SmithYear ago
  • The Lakers should trade Lebron. he's done. he's just too overrated by Tragic Brontards. I'm predicting if the Lakers make it to the finals this season Lebron will get all the credits, ooohhss and aaahhhss when in fact he's got better players surrounding him.

    Mik JaggerMik JaggerYear ago
  • they should offer iguodala the highest contract coz he knows how to play against the warriors.

    Mik JaggerMik JaggerYear ago
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    Rami ElshaerRami ElshaerYear ago
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    SènpáìSènpáìYear ago
  • Lakers should just settle for a younger version of Iguodala. 😀😀😀 6'8 defensive specialist

    DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
    • @Rahat Ahmed That's what we will find out on December 15th. 😀😀 Nobody currently available in Free Agency to waste your time on.

      DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
    • Rahat Ahmed right who he talking about 😂😂

      Aniyah HortonAniyah HortonYear ago
    • Who is that?

      Rahat AhmedRahat AhmedYear ago
  • Iguodala was known as the swiss army knife . " very good player still " !!

    John RoseJohn RoseYear ago
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    Jack WhiteJack WhiteYear ago
  • Lakers can use Iguodala, no doubt. Until that happens, the Lakers have 3 solid wing defenders & 2 of them can switch to the 3-spot if Kyle Kuzma is getting abused on defense. 😞😞😞 Avery Bradley = former All-NBA Defense 1st Team Danny Green = former All-NBA Defense 2nd Team KCP = better known for his defense before joining the Lakers KCP and Danny Green can move to the 3-spot to replace Kyle Kuzma on defense.

    DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
  • Lebron James has moved to the 1-spot, creating a vacancy at the 3-spot. A defensive specialist is needed at the 3-spot. Memphis is playing hardball. Lakers will wait until the December 15th Trade Season = a younger version of Iguodala. 😀😀😀

    DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
    • @V We have been out-voted, Frank Vogel don't run JACK. 😞😞😞 Lebron James wherever the hell he feels like playing and not telling the media JACK, just going to start at the 1-spot.

      DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
    • @V They want to feature Kyle Kuzma at the 3-spot. 😞😞😞😞 A typical HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION that then-free agent LaMarcus Agent complained about from the Lakers recruiting process.

      DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
    • DeAndre Page for sure, I think Bradley would be a great starter at the 1 if he stays healthy cuz he can play off the ball and guard smaller guards while bron plays point forward and playmaker

      VVYear ago
    • @V Danny Green SPOT-UP SHOOTER and Lebron James at both wings is more beneficial to the Lakers veterans

      DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
    • @V I would be cool with Lebron staying at the 3- spot. 😀😀😀 3rd year NBA Player Kyle Kuzma gets DEMOTED to the 2nd Unit.

      DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
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    Jeremy ClercJeremy ClercYear ago
  • He ain't going. Would be nice though

    Charles WarrenCharles WarrenYear ago
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  • He's the X Factor for real .defensively.

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  • 4:12 he didn't try to do that

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  • I do hope we get Iggy. He's like Robert Horry and Steve Kerr where they just always wind up on championship teams.

    billygowhoopbillygowhoopYear ago

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  • sooo the so called goat still need help and need someon to cover his weakness u say ok lol lbj bust....

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  • If anyone still thinks lebron was bad at defence this year go watch Thinking Basketball's video on it, it'll change your persepective

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  • That would be a major move if they did so! I agree completely. Iggy pretty much fills whatever void that team has, making them almost guaranteed champions!

    NoBDi SpecialNoBDi SpecialYear ago
  • If iggy joins L.A. I hate these videos. Hate them.

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  • The Lakers aren't getting Igoudala though so all of this is irrelevant

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    SydneyMadeGBPSydneyMadeGBPYear ago
  • Fun fact lebron cant beat andre that's why he left us and lebron beg him to join

    Drip GodDrip GodYear ago
  • They have a good chance of winning the finals but he could increase their chances also by a decent margin

    Brad PreeceBrad PreeceYear ago
  • Dang I knew Iggy was good but until I saw those steals I didn’t know he was THAT good Edit: Hands

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    Denzell WellingDenzell WellingYear ago
  • This is so unfair to the small market teams, superstars can leave a team anytime they want and all of the stars can flock to one team. The NBA sucks. The big markets are the only markets that count.

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  • he was making it nashty with those passes if u know what i mean

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    Gaby ElliottGaby ElliottYear ago
  • Been a fan of Igoudala since his days at Arizona- he was simply amazing. He would seemingly dunk anything thrown NEAR the rim- and several times reached ABOVE the top of the backboard! Not many can do that, even today. Good times...

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  • 4:32, Lol, the last defender ignores Iggy streaking to the paint because he's too worried about a Curry three. Curry's gravity let KD do this a lot, too

    Glenn RicafrenteGlenn RicafrenteYear ago
  • The real reason? Has ge done something for them I'm unaware of

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  • 1:17 lol

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  • You're talking about Iguodala from 4 years ago. He's broken down now.

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