WASHINGTON -- Andre Iguodala's scoring average is the lowest since his rookie year. His rebounding numbers are at an all-time low. It has been six years since he averaged so few assists.
And yet, Iguodala is having a huge impact on the Warriors, who have won eight straight games and reasserted themselves as a contender in the West after a stretch in which they went 5-7. Not coincidentally, that rough patch came while Iguodala was sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Iguodala's impact on the Warriors' most recent victory, Friday night in Atlanta, was plainly obvious. His 3-pointer at the final horn came with the Warriors trailing 100-98.
"The thing about Andre is he's not afraid of the moment," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "We've got guys who put the time in. He's another guy who's there 10, 11 o'clock at night getting shots up. You think he stumbles into that shot and he's not afraid of it, but I'm watching him at midnight taking those same shots. So when the lights come on and the curtains open up, he's ready and prepared. He's once again showing why we went and got him. He's a big-time player."
The numbers might not show it -- Iguodala is averaging 10.4 points, five assists, and four rebounds -- but the Warriors are getting everything they expected when they acquired Iguodala from Denver in the offseason.
And what the numbers don't say, others will.
Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer says Iguodala's presence as a perimeter defender makes this Warriors team even more dangerous than the one that gave San Antonio a scare last season in the Western Conference semifinals. And Budenholzer would know; he was with the Spurs last season as an assistant to Gregg Popovich.
"Another perimeter defender is something that's important for them," Budenholzer said of the Warriors. "At times, you felt there were places you could attack them on the perimeter and now, he can really cover that up.
"He's also a great passer so he can facilitate," Budenholzer said. "He can play like a point forward, and when you've got (Stephen) Curry and (Klay) Thompson coming off the pin-downs, he's kind of playing quarterback. "And then he can run and get easy baskets in transition. He's like one of those guys that does a little bit of everything and does a little bit of everything pretty well."
Iguodala's ability to fill a stat sheet in multiple columns prompted Miami Heat forward Shane Battier to call him the "West Coast version of LeBron" before Thursday night's game. Then the Warriors went out and beat the two-time defending champs on their home floor. Once again, the numbers didn't say a lot -- eight points, six rebounds, six assists in 34 minutes -- but's Iguodala's primary task that night was to defend LeBron James. The Heat star scored 26, but another number told the story: The Warriors outscored Miami by 16 points when Iguodala was on the floor.
Friday night in Atlanta, through three quarters, Iguodala had been quiet. Perhaps owing to the exertion of the previous night, he'd played only 18 minutes and taken just one shot.
Then came the fourth quarter. Iguodala had three assists, a steal that led to an easy bucket to give the Warriors the lead, and seven points. The game-winning shot was the fifth of a career that began in 2004. Only one NBA player, Joe Johnson, has made more game winners () in that time.
"You've just got to live in the moment and not make it bigger than it is," Iguodala said. "Or you can make it bigger than it is and really try to live in it. I go through drills -- I'm sure many guys go through drills -- where it's the last second, what kind of move are you going to have, how comfortable are you being in that moment? Just letting the game slow down, letting your work do the talking and let the shot go."
And here's something else for the Western Conference to consider:
"I'm still trying to get back to 100 percent," Iguodala said, "and I'm on a perfect team to be able to do that. I can go out there and not have to do too much and still give a lot to my team and just wait for the moment when I'm really, really back."
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MAKING HIS MARK
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala might not be putting up All-Star statistics this season, but his presence on the court is invaluable. Here's a look at how the veteran's 2013-14 stats compare with his career averages:
Minutes 33.3 37.3
Points 10.4 14.9
Rebounds 4.0 5.7
Assists 5.0 4.9
Steals 1.6 1.7
Blocks 0.3 0.5