A little bit of classic Will Smith to get you through your Tuesday.
We like to throw around the term of “underrated” in the NBA landscape. Everyone has their favorite underrated player or that individual who just seems to never get any respect like Rodney Dangerfield used to say. In my opinion, one player who deserves a little more respect is Andre Igoudala.
Igoudala was the 9th pick by the Sixers in the 2004 NBA draft and is still currently blossoming in the Sixers system. Igoudala was shifted into a starring role when Allen Iverson was sent in a trade to Denver. Igoudala is one of the very few players that I have seen that still has untapped potential.
I remember reading an article about the Charlotte Bobcats Gerald Wallace who was talked about a possible “poor man’s Lebron James” but at this point I’m still not seeing that possibility in Wallace but Igoudala is a different story.
Statistically Andre Igoudala should be on par with some of the game’s elite players. There were only four players this year in the NBA that averaged at least 15+ points, 5+ assists, and 5+ rebounds.
Those players: Lebron James, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and Andre Igoudala.
So why is it that Igoudala gets lost in the shuffle when we talk about elite players? Well, the Sixers have not had great playoff success and to be honest if your name is not Kobe, Shaq, Lebron, Wade, CP3, then you might have to do some work.
In Philadelphia’s victory in game one of their playoff series against Orlando, Igoudala had a chance to give the Sixers a late lead by hitting two free throws with about a minute left in the game. However, he missed them both. Those misses did not deter Igoudala from hitting the game winning shot with about 2.2 to go, to steal home court for the Sixers.
Igoudala led the Sixers with 22 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists in the game one victory. He led the team in all of those statistical categories.
I think it is finally time to give Andre Igoudala some credit as an all-around player which to be honest in the NBA, we have very few. In the end, Igoudala still has got no respect but I have a feeling that will be changing very soon.