Commentary

Unsung Iggy pops up among NBA's best

Advanced stats show Sixers star deserves more attention

Originally Published: April 22, 2009
By Kevin Pelton | Basketball Prospectus

Andre Iguodala, who hit the biggest shot of his career Sunday to win Game 1 of the Philadelphia 76ers' opening-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic, is hardly a secret within the NBA. Iguodala is the 76ers' go-to guy and leading scorer, and last summer he signed a new contract that will pay him $80 million over the next six seasons. Given all that and season averages of 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, Iguodala seems an unlikely poster boy for the importance of advanced statistics. Yet if Shane Battier is the "No-Stats All-Star," then call Iguodala the "Some Stats All-Star," for traditional numbers don't quite do justice to what Iguodala has provided the Sixers this season.


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