When it's all said and done, should former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame?
During the most recent "Book of Basketball 2.0" podcast, Bill Simmons and Joe House of The Ringer offered their opinions.
"In his Golden State version, he was the best guy in the league -- other than Kawhi (Leonard) -- to guard LeBron (James) and (Kevin) Durant," Simmons said. "As a perimeter defender, I always had (Scottie) Pippen and Kawhi on their own plane, and that's it.
"Steve Kerr feels really strongly that Iguodala was as good as those guys ... Golden State didn't really need him to be the offensive player that Pippen was.
"I think he should be in the Hall of Fame. I think playoff performance matters. Knowing your role, being an unselfish teammate, coming through over and over again in big moments."
Shockingly, Iguodala was named All-Defense only two times -- Second Team in 2010-11 and First Team in 2013-14 (his first season with the Warriors).
Andre Iguodala was a MENACE on the defensive end. First he strips LeBron and then strips Kyrie. Sheesh pic.twitter.com/rBDIUSC9VZ— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) July 27, 2019
Iguodala locks down Kyrie, Durant plays great defense on LeBron, and then Curry drills the 28 foot pull-up in transition. The 2016-17 Warriors were INSANE pic.twitter.com/egFo5dPlZr— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 14, 2020
Andre Iguodala’s hands are better than your hands pic.twitter.com/86VXCIoNcN— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 27, 2019
Happy 36th birthday to Andre Iguodala (just a reminder that he did this to Damian Lillard in Game 2 of the West Finals less than nine months ago...) pic.twitter.com/zIz4PNrzlS— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 29, 2020
Andre Iguodala was worth every penny and more to the Warriors. Dude was so awesome pic.twitter.com/JbrIggNwFY— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 17, 2020
Don’t you EVER forget that Klay Thompson’s wild go-ahead 3-pointer in Game 6 at OKC was set up by an Andre Iguodala steal + assist pic.twitter.com/PveRd1emLE— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 26, 2020
Don’t ever forget that Iguodala stripped LeBron as he was about to attempt a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the corner ... pic.twitter.com/q8JRLImwqx— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 16, 2020
What Andre Iguodala does to Danilo Galinari here should be illegal pic.twitter.com/1kNYze2NQ4— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 14, 2019
As for Simmons' comment about Iguodala repeatedly "coming through" in the clutch, here are a few examples:
This moment between Iguodala and Livingston is............. special pic.twitter.com/3LWxrPAr4L— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 3, 2019
Andre Iguodala averaged 6.3 points through the Warriors’ first 16 playoff games in 2017. In Game 5 against the Cavs, he racked up 20 points (and got $48 million guaranteed a couple weeks later ... 😂) pic.twitter.com/w1PKLisPyT— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 17, 2020
Andre Iguodala in Game 1 of the 2016 Finals = 12 points (5-for-9 FG), 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, team-best +21, many timely plays like this: pic.twitter.com/zL7PYMDQcg— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) July 27, 2019
In Game 3 of the 2018 Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, Iguodala sustained a "spider fracture" in his left leg and missed the rest of the series. The Warriors missed him terribly and nearly didn't advance to the NBA Finals.
In Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference semifinals in Houston -- when the Warriors were without an injured Kevin Durant -- Iguodala stepped up and drilled five 3-pointers to help the Dubs win.
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Going back to 2015, he took home NBA Finals MVP honors after averaging 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals. And he made life difficult on LeBron.
Andre Iguodala right after being named NBA Finals MVP: “I want to be just like Steph when I grow up.” pic.twitter.com/0JI7lx5ZeF— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 17, 2020
"I think he is a Hall of Famer because of the vital role, the vital contribution he made to Golden State," House said. "I think the Golden State part of his career is the part that takes him (there). We have to say it every time we talk about the NBA Hall of Fame -- the bar is very low.
"But for what he did, I think his addition to that team -- doing all the dirty work stuff. It was a great Finals MVP moment for the league. He won that by really just doing all the dirty stuff -- being the guy that was willing to do whatever it took to win.
"In view of the legacy of that Warriors team and what he meant to it, I'm fine with him being in the Hall of Fame."
He only made one All-Star team (2011-12) and never made an All-NBA squad. But he was a winner, sacrificed personal statistics and accolades for team success, is a three-time NBA champion and ...
... belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Oh, and by the way -- his career isn't over. The 36-year-old still has time to add to his resume.
See you in Springfield, Andre.