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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 résumé.

See you in Springfield, Andre.

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Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Andre Iguodala had a very ...

... Andre-Iguodala-like performance in the Miami Heat's 112-106 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

The former Warriors forward registered six points (2-for-6 FG), eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

With fewer than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, he turned back the clock a little bit.

Steph Curry shared the highlight in an Instagram story, and included the perfect caption.

Curry -- the only unanimous MVP in NBA history -- and Iguodala -- the 2015 NBA Finals MVP -- are avid golfers, and even played a round together at Augusta National Golf Club (the site of the Masters) in February 2016.

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Iguodala became a golf fanatic shortly after he joined the Warriors in July 2013.

"I gotta give all the credit to (former Golden State assistant coach) Pete Myers," Iguodala said in March 2018. "Once I got here, I really wanted to learn how to play ... Pete Myers taught me how to hit a draw.

"And we would just go to the range and hit balls ... he kinda got me hooked and that was all she wrote."

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And one year later, he made one thing crystal clear.

Those were good times.

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Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

When the Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins at the NBA trade deadline in February, it was not a decision that universally was applauded. 

There still are people who disagree with Golden State's decision to acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft. But even those who are skeptical about Wiggins' future would admit that he played well in a Dubs uniform this season.

"I wasn't surprised at all about what we saw because I've coached against him," Steve Kerr said Wednesday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast." "The biggest thing for us was all about what you need today to win games. The game has changed so much and it's so hard to guard ... you gotta have size and versatility on the wings.

"Multiple-positional defenders who can guard their position, but also guard two or three other positions. Andrew has the size and athleticism to do exactly that. He was an excellent defender for us, and played really well offensively.

"He may not be an MVP candidate, but he's a damn good player. He fits right in with what we're trying to do."

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 12 games with Golden State, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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Additionally, his 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game both would be career highs over a full season.

With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as teammates, Wiggins won't feel consistent heat to deliver big scoring outputs. Will there be times when the Warriors need him to step up and take over offensively? Yes.

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But overall, he's going to have the luxury of being able to take on a more comfortable role that suits his game.

"He just wants to play basketball and have fun, and have no pressure on him," former Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway said in June. "This is the team to be on to do that, and he's going to excel.

"He's going to be all right."

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