Yesterday Andre Iguodala was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the first time in his career. Iguodala went on KNBR’s Fitz and Brooks show to discuss the honor, which signals a bright spot in what was a trying season for Iguodala in some ways.
Iguodala started the season looking like he was born to be a Warrior. In his first 13 games he averaged 12.9 points and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 54.5% from the floor and 47.9% behind the arc. Then he suffered a hamstring injury against the Lakers that sidelined him for 12 games. Right knee tendinitis gave him problems throughout the second half of the season, and he ended up missing 19 games overall as his averages dropped to 9.3 ppg (on 48.0% shooting and 35.4% on threes) and 4.2 apg on the season.
Bob Fitzgerald asked if his first season with the Warriors went as expected. Here’s how Iguodala responded:
Coming in it was pretty much everything I expected. You have your dysfunction a little, just within the process.
One thing – I never would boast this on myself – but I’m just happy with how I dealt with that situation, as far as sacrificing. Especially on the offensive end. I didn’t want to cause any issues. I wanted to come in and transition seamlessly with the guys. Not ruffle any feathers. See if I could help everybody grow as a player and kind of not get in their way. Sometimes it was good, sometimes it was bad. But it’s a mental process.
I think we accomplished a lot. I learned a lot about myself and my teammates. Going forward I’m looking to do a lot more for us, not just on offense but on the defensive end as well. I think I know their strengths and weaknesses and I think they know mine as well. See if we can be better on both ends of the floor going forward.
Rod Brooks asked Iguodala how the Warriors — who finished fourth in Defensive Rating and third in Defensive Efficiency in 2013-14 — would maintain the same level of play on the defensive end now that Mark Jackson is no longer the team’s head coach.
I’ve had plenty of coaches in this league. Some really good, some not so good. But I’ve been able to take something away from every coach. And I feel like we had a really good coach in Mark Jackson. Especially because of the emphasis on detail on the defensive end.
That’s in us. We know we’re capable of getting stops and we’re capable of being able to stop teams and be that efficient defensive team. That’s something we’ve got to continue to keep in our DNA.