Andre Iguodala has the ‘ultimate respect’ of Heat teammates, per Erik Spoelstra
Andre Iguodala drew the ire of former Memphis Grizzlies teammates when he elected to sit out the start of the 2019-20 season in order to seek a trade. But Iguodala has not alienated any of his teammates with the Miami Heat.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said Iguodala has the “ultimate respect” of the organization, adding “I love our young guys see an example of what a winner looks like.”
Erik Spoelstra on Andre Iguodala, "He has the ultimate respect. He had that from Day 1 when he walked into our locker room." Adds, "He's a fun guy to be around and he's an interesting guy. I love our young guys see an example of what a winner looks like."
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 12, 2020
Miami acquired Iguodala, Solomon Hill and Jae Crowder from the Grizzlies in February as part of a three-team trade.
“Iggy” appeared in 14 games for the Heat prior to the suspension of play in March. The former Finals MVP was averaging 4.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in just over 18 minutes per game.
While he has not been much of a scorer, Iguodala has been efficient when called upon. The 36-year-old was shooting close to 50 percent from the field, including 47.5 percent from beyond the arc on 1.7 attempts per game.
Iguodala also made an immediate impact with his defensive presence, averaging 1.1 steals and 2.2 blocks per 36 minutes, which will be important for the Heat moving forward.
The 16-year veteran has garnered a reputation as a consummate professional and one of the ultimate winners in the game today.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been especially complimentary of Iguodala and his contributions to the team during his six years with the Dubs. Kerr also said he felt Iguodala “landed in a great spot” when he was traded to Miami.
It would not be a surprise to see Iguodala get increased playing time during the NBA restart. History shows he typically sees more minutes and increased production in the playoffs.
The Heat will be jockeying for playoff position in Orlando. Fortunately, Iguodala’s steady demeanor and leadership should serve the young players on Miami’s roster very well.