By FRANK WARD
Andre Iguodala will always be Billy King’s best draft pick during his Sixers reign of terror. That isn’t so much a mark for Iggy as it is a mark against King.
Still, when Iguodala came out of Arizona, he was known for his defense and athleticism. He’s always been ready to display his crazy hops on stunning dunks. His defense has been good in the past, and bad on teams that rely on him as a superstar scorer.
In NBA circles, Iggy is valued for his defensive potential. New coach Doug Collins seems intent on helping Iggy earn the reputation a defensive wizard. In fact, Collins goal upon taking the Sixers job was to turn the 2010 Team USA member into a member of the NBA First Team defense.
Iggy took a big step in the right direction during the Sixers opening loss to the Heat. For most of his time on the floor, he was on LeBron James. James had seven boards, but just 16 points, For James, that is a low number. More importantly, the self-absorbed diva committed nine — count ‘em, nine — turnovers. He was one away from a double-double for the night. Thank Iggy for that.
More nights like this, and Iggy will get the recognition people envisioned him getting on his draft night.