Welcome to the twenty-seventh edition of “Who to Rep,” our ongoing series in which we recommend a player to rep for the upcoming week. Our selection process is rigorously unscientific, but we hope you like it anyway.
The Warriors are in the midst if a mini-slump, losing two games in a row for just the second time all season. The biggest reason for their diminished play is, predictably, the recent absence of their best (or, if you’re a big KD fan, second best) player: Steph Curry. However, they’ve also been without their best bench player, Andre Iguodala, who’d been playing his best ball of the season in the six games (all wins) before his injury.
While Iggy is only shooting 46% for the season (25% from three), since the All-Star break he’d been rounding into form nicely, shooting a scorching 69% from the field and 44% from three. He’d also just seemed springier, better rested, and more alert on both sides of the ball. Losing him hurts.
This may not seem like a big deal in light of Curry’s injury—and make no mistake, Curry is more important to the Warriors than anybody—but Iguodala is—and always has been—a critical cog in the Golden State machine. The 2015 Finals MVP not only serves as the igniter for Golden State’s famous Death Lineup, but he’s also a crucial defender and secondary creator.
Exactly how much does he matter? Hard to say, but it’s probably telling that his defense on Lebron in 2015 earned him the Finals MVP… and that his injured back in 2016 is a likely culprit for the 73-9 Warriors' heartbreaking loss to Lebron in that year’s Finals.
At any rate, Iggy is expected back as soon as Wednesday, and it’s all but a guarantee the Warriors won’t be losing two in a row again any time too soon. Rep Iggy to celebrate his return to the court, and the Warriors’ return to form.