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Warriors’ Shaun Livingston thinks Andre Iguodala ‘could play another 5 years’

Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, Warriors

Golden State Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala played a crucial role in the Dubs’ 118-113 Game 6 victory over the Houston Rockets. Not known as much of a shooter, Iguodala buried five 3-pointers (his most in a playoff game since 2013) while notching five steals and three assists in a terrific all-around performance.

Fellow Warriors veteran Shaun Livingston tossed bouquets at Iguodala after the game, saying the 35-year-old could play until he’s 40, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic:

“Crucial. Just crucial,” Livingston said. “I told him he’s about to get another max, on the low. He could play another five years.”

Iguodala has noticeably been slipping in the regular season in recent years, but that’s largely a function of him saving himself for the grind of the playoffs. When healthy, he’s still as valuable as ever in the postseason, which has been on full display this season.

Iguodala averaged a career-low 5.7 points in 23.2 minutes per game this regular season, but he has seen his playing time and scoring production go way up in the playoffs. He’s putting up 11.8 points per game in 30.2 minutes per contest after Steve Kerr made him a full-time starter in the Rockets series.

The savvy veteran may not want to play that much longer, but he keeps himself in great shape and probably could continue to make an impact on both ends when it matters until he’s 40. He has an incredible basketball IQ and he knows how to win, and the Warriors would love to have him stick around as long as possible.