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Corey Maggette explains why he thinks Iguodala is a HOFer

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Andre Iguodala is a three-time NBA champion, a Finals MVP, an All-Star, and his stellar performance on the defensive end helped him earn the All-Defensive first team and All-Defensive second team honors. 

But his impact on the court extends beyond the accolades. 

Still, the conversation surrounding Iguodala’s Hall of Fame candidacy has become very controversial. 

Former NBA forward Corey Maggette joined NBC Sports Bay Area’s Grant Liffmann on Dubs Talk and explained why he believes Iguodala is a definite Hall of Famer

“When you think about [Iguodala] as far as with the Golden State Warriors, if you take any one of those players out of the equation, they wouldn’t have won multiple championships," Maggette said. "If you take Andre Iguodala out of the equation, they would not have beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, and that’s completely true.” 

After his first year in the Bay, Iguodala was named to the 2014 All-Defensive first team. 

The very next season, “The Dynasty” was created and the Dubs made five consecutive NBA Finals appearances and won three championships. 

Four out of five of those appearances were against a Cleveland Cavaliers team with one of the greatest to ever play the game, LeBron James. And three of those wins against the Cavs came from locking down James, which Iguodala played a big part in. 

 

“I just really believe when you think about Andre Iguodala and being a Finals MVP, you have to have some consideration of being a Hall of Famer… and the reason why he was a finals MVP was because of what he did on the basketball court,” Maggette said. “By his shooting, by defending, by basically trying to limit one of the best players in the world, at the time, LeBron James. And he did that by the way he played, by the excitement he brought on the floor. He is a guy I would consider to be a Hall of Famer.”

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Iguodala’s run with Arizona, Team USA and the Philadelphia 76ers also have to be considered in the Hall of Fame talks. 

Iguodala has said in the past that he doesn’t care about being enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., and is more focused on enjoying playing the game and doing whatever it takes to win. 

Although Iguodala’s HOF status is a big question mark, his legacy in the Bay Area is crystal clear.