The Steve Kerr era in Golden State isn’t starting out too well. First there was the possible Klay Thompson-Kevin Love trade that Kerr wasn’t in favor of. Now, Kerr isn’t completely sure whether Andre Iguodala will start at small forward next season. From Inside the Warriors:
“Andre was the starter last year, and he very well may be this year,” Kerr said of Iguodala, who made the NBA All-Defensive first team while his numbers on offense were down. “It all depends on combinations and who’s coming off the bench. I would say Andre is more of a ball-handler and a playmaker than Harrison. Harrison’s probably a little more of a scoring-minded player, so you have to factor all those things in when you decide who’s going to start and who’s going to come off the bench.”
Whichever measure you use to determine how good a player is, they will surely tell you that Andre Iguodala is a better player than Harrison Barnes. And not only is he a better player than Barnes, but he’s a better player alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rest of the starting lineup.
Last season wasn’t the best for Iguodala, but there’s plenty reason to believe that the upcoming season will treat him better. Miss many games early in the season because of injury, Iguodala averaged 9.3 points, his lowest points per game output since his rookie season, 4.7 rebounds, a career-low, and 4.2 assists per game, his lowest output since the his sophomore season.
And despite the lows, Igoudala was a much better player than Barnes who struggled in all facets of the game–especially his shot selection. Hopefully Kerr opts for Iguodala in the starting lineup.
If not, this Warriors season will be high in the drama department.