Andre Iguodala got off to a ridiculously slow start this season, adjusting to a new role off the bench and getting less minutes than accustomed too, but he's now found his groove as the Warriors sixth-man.
When the Warriors gave Iggy a 4 year, $48 million deal, I don't think they envisioned him coming off the bench in year two, but Steve Kerr made that decision in camp and it's worked out brilliantly obviously. He's still getting his minutes, but at the start of the year, the production wasn't really there. However, lately he's seemed to really turn things up a bit and is coming off perhaps his best performance of the season thus far vs. Portland Tuesday going 21/4/4 while going 3/4 from downtown. Although young Harrison Barnes is starting most games, it's Iggy who's usually on the court in the waning minutes when games are on the line, and that's all that really matters, and I think Iggy realizes that and it's helped him buy into the new role. I'm not quite sure that in the '16/17 season the Warriors are going to be stoked at paying the veteran $12M per, but he's still a leader, a solid clubhouse presence and if he can continue to relish in his new role, they're going to keep him around.
It hasn't just been Iggy though. Reserves like Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa are playing well for the Warriors right now, and veterans David Lee and Iggy coming off the bench with those two making the Dubs one of, if not the deepest team in basketball. It's one thing to have a starting five that can match-up with anyone, but we all know how much easier it is when you have another 2-3 starting caliber players coming off the bench and the Warriors have that right now.... Can the Playoffs start right now PLEASE! Speaking of playoffs, check out this spot for NBA Picks.
Speaking of the playoffs, with the Warriors already having clinched the Pacific division, Coach Kerr's challenge now will be how to both rest his key guys and keep them sharp for the playoffs. Especially when your looking at veterans like Bogut and Iggy, but also Klay Thompson who's nursing a shoulder injury. They still wanna win games and secure home court, but it's more important they head in with all guys healthy rather than ensure they guarantee home court throughout, so that is something to keep an eye on these last few weeks.