Old Team: Denver Nuggets
New Team: Golden State Warriors
Best Case Scenario: Andre Iguodala will give the Warriors the defensive presence they need, taking them from a middle-of-the road defensive team (they were 14th in defensive rating last season) into a into a unit that is nearly elite. Iguodala will flourish in a rotation with shooters like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, becoming more of a facilitator and posting a new career-high in assists (6.3 per game during the 2010-11 season is his current career-high). With Curry and Thompson getting so much attention, Iguodala will have more open looks than ever and will near his career high in three-point shooting percentage (39.4% in ’11-’12). Golden State’s small ball lineup with Iguodala, Curry, Thompson and Harrison Barnes will become one of the best in the league and the Warriors will look like a legitimate title contender.
Worst Case Scenario: Iguodala will shoot like he did last season (31.7% from three) and will become frustrated with his role. Iguodala and Barnes will each have trouble getting into any kind of rhythm playing together and will be upset they aren’t getting more minutes. When the two do play together, opposing teams will go into the paint and dominate the Warrior defense, eventually causing them to lose in the first round of the playoffs.
What Will Really Happen: Iguodala will provide a big lift defensively and despite the absence of a dominating big man, the Warriors will be able to play small ball with Barnes, Curry, Iguodala and Thompson. Their depth will help them improve on their 47-35 record and they will fight to host a first round playoff series.
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