Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing series in which Monte Poole will highlight a different Warriors player every day leading up to the start of training camp.
Player: Andre Iguodala
Salary: $11.71 million in third year of a four-year, $48 million contract Iguodala signed in July 2013.
2014-15 in review: Iguodala was taken out of the starting lineup for strategic reasons and became the undisputed leader of the second unit. He has acknowledged what was a strange season, by turns brilliant and frustrating. He was fabulous at the finish, submitting a priceless performance in the Finals to earn the MVP award.
Iguodala’s defense was stellar, but his jump shot came and went at its leisure. When it was on, it was superb. When it was off, it was an eyesore. His free throw shooting spiraled to such depths (59.6 percent) that teams would intentionally foul him.
And yet, Iguodala led all NBA reserves in Plus/Minus (+5.7) and Net Rating (12.2). He was a wonderful playmaker, creating opportunities for teammates. Coach Steve Kerr’s single best decision was reducing Iguodala’s minutes to keep him healthy for the long haul. The result was a guy with two achy knees becoming a plus player.
2015-16 outlook: Iguodala will continue to come off the bench because it worked. It saved his body and the Warriors hope to find success with the same formula.
Iguodala, however, must improve his foul shooting. As much as Kerr wants the 11-year veteran on the floor, there are times when it can be detrimental. Iguodala never has been a great shooter, so his scoring will come in spurts – a bonus when it arrives.
Iguodala is a master at disrupting opposing offenses. He’ll continue to be that, while also serving as a court leader whose best work results in gifts for his teammates.