Is Andre Iguodala worthy of a jersey retirement? | The Tylt
Is Andre Iguodala worthy of a jersey retirement?
When you are literally the most valuable player during a drought-breaking championship run, there is no way a team doesn't honor you. Iguodala was an important role player for the team and was usually tasked with stopping the opponent's best player. He also had no problems hitting clutch shots for Warriors in tight spots when they needed it.
Sure, he was never a great scorer for the team, but they never needed him to be. He was the glue that kept this team together when he was on the floor with his hustle and willingness to scrap for every loose ball or chase after a player. That elite-level dirty work deserves recognition. A jersey retirement is well deserved.
No one is doubting that Iguodala was a good player for the Warriors, but jersey retirements shouldn't be something just to throw around because you feel bad for trading a person. The former All-Star had a good tenure with Golden State, but a jersey retirement for that time is a little excessive for a role player.
Let's take a look at the man he supposedly stopped in the NBA Finals when he won Finals MVP in 2015. LeBron James averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists while facing Andre Iguodala a majority of the time. That's not exactly locking down a guy.
Iguodala was important for the team, but his contributions aren't worthy of getting his jersey retired.