After starting every game in his career, Andre Iguodala was moved to a bench role this season. But Steve Kerr going with Iguodala in the starting lineup in Game 4 helped swing the NBA Finals, and Iggy’s great performance throughout the series earned him Finals MVP.
Iguodala was excellent even when coming off the bench to start the series, but he took his game to another level when he was inserted into the starting lineup. He scored a season-high 22 points in Game 4, and then he eclipsed that by scoring 25 points in the series-clinching Game 6, a 105-97 victory for the Golden State Warriors.
Iguodala averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 52.1 percent overall and 40.0 percent from three in the series. He had some hiccups at the free throw line, but his all-around play was superb.
In addition to those stellar numbers, Iggy also did a marvelous job guarding LeBron James. LeBron put up huge numbers in the series, but Iggy consistently made him work, and the four-time MVP’s efficiency suffered thanks to the Finals MVP’s constant defensive pressure:
When Iguodala was in, LeBron shot 38% and the Cavs were -55. When he sat, LeBron shot 44% and the Cavs were +30
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) June 17, 2015
You could’ve made an excellent case for LeBron as Finals MVP. Stephen Curry also had a good case. But Iguodala is a great choice as well, and it’s really cool to see a role player take home this award after all he sacrificed this season.