Nuggets strike gold with Iguodala

Defensive specialist's motor and skills a perfect fit for Denver

Updated: August 24, 2012, 11:26 AM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | Basketball Prospectus
Andre IguodalaStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesThe Nuggets struck it rich in acquiring Andre Iguodala while he was mining for Olympic gold.

Not surprisingly, ESPN.com's Summer Forecast poll tabbed Dwight Howard as the top "newcomer" for the coming season. It's a reasonable assumption when the league's best center changes teams that it will have a profound impact.

However, in the same megadeal that sent Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, another player may have an even greater say on how things shake up in the West.

I'm talking about Andre Iguodala, who was plucked by the Nuggets from the Sixers in the Howard deal, with Denver sending Arron Afflalo to Orlando in the process. Part of it is net overall value. Howard's 12 WARP was marginally better than Andrew Bynum's 9.6 mark, while Iguodala (7.6) dwarfed the contribution of Afflalo (1.2).

It's not as simple as all that, but there are plenty of reasons to love Iguodala's addition to the Nuggets.


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