Why Bill Simmons believes Andre Iguodala belongs in the Hall of Fame

Why Bill Simmons believes Andre Iguodala belongs in the Hall of Fame

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).

As for Simmons' comment about Iguodala repeatedly "coming through" in the clutch, here are a few examples:

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.

"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."

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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.

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2020 NBA Draft sleepers: Tyrese Maxey has two-way talent Warriors need

2020 NBA Draft sleepers: Tyrese Maxey has two-way talent Warriors need

Editor's note: As the Warriors prepare for the 2020 NBA draft, NBC Sports Bay Area will present a twice-weekly series spotlighting two "Sleepers" likely to be evaluated. This is the second of a 12-part series on intriguing prospects considered risky to select among the top 10. 

The Warriors have been fascinated by two-way wings in recent years. Kentucky's Tyrese Maxey fits the mold and could be an intriguing prospect if he falls in the draft. 

A 6-foot-3 guard, Maxey averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 blocks as a freshman under the tutelage of coach John Calipari. In a win over Michigan State, he finished with 26 points and five rebounds. A month later, he finished with 27 points and 7 rebounds in a win over Louisville. By the end of the season, he was named to the SEC's All-Freshman team. 

His defensive smarts and athleticism are attributes that the Warriors covet. In recent summers, they've looked for two-way prospects to play alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. From Patrick McCaw to Jordan Poole, the team is always looking for multi-faceted talents. 

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However, Maxey struggled from the field in Lexington, making just 43 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range, despite being touted as a shooter. During his first season, he was a frequent gunner who didn't always get his shots within the flow of the offense. Additionally, with his slim frame, he'll need to bulk up to succeed at the next level. 

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At the moment, Maxey figures to be a fringe lottery pick. While Golden State is lock to have a top-5 pick, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that he'd "consider" trading the pick. If Myers decides to do so and picks up a later pick in the process, Maxey could be an intriguing project for the Warriors. 

Tyrese Maxey profile

Position: Shooting guard
Class: Freshman
Birthdate: November 4, 2000 (19 years old)
Hometown: Garland, Texas
2019-20 season averages: 14.0 points (42.7 percent field goals, 29.2 percent on 3-pointers, 83.3 percent on free throws), 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 blocks.
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 198
Wingspan: 6-5
What they're saying: "He’s not a natural creator, he’s wired to score more than anything else, and he certainly isn’t an elite athlete by NBA combo-guard standards, although he is a pretty good on-ball defender. He’s also a worker, and by all accounts a great kid and competitor." - Rob Dauster, NBC Sports

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Kendrick Perkins reacts to T-shirt of Warriors fan account trolling him

Kendrick Perkins reacts to T-shirt of Warriors fan account trolling him

You got to give Kendrick Perkins some credit for being a good sport with this one.

On Thursday morning, the "officialwarriorsworld" Instagram account posted the following:

Perkins -- who is viewed as an antagonist to many Warriors fans because of his "interesting" opinions about the team and its players -- had some fun with it.

He posted the picture to his IG account with the caption: "Why @officialwarriorsworld and the GS fans do old Perk like that?! I'll Dm them my Cash app later."

Perkins also took to Twitter:

If you aren't familiar with the background -- this is what happened at the end of the third quarter in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers:

Steph apparently talked some trash to Perk by saying: "You ain't playin' tonight?"

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In the end, Perkins playing along with the trolling hopefully raises more money in the fight against COVID-19.

Now that's a great cause.

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