He’s certainly not a mega-star like Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade or even Kevin Durant and you could make a strong argument that he has failed to take that next step to all-star status, but heading into the future I believe Andre Iguodala is a key component for the Philadelphia 76ers and thus Ed Stefanski should not trade the Sixers wingman.
After giving him a contract extension at a total of $80 million over six years, the Sixers organization expected Iguodala to elevate his level of play and develop into elite player in the League. To be honest it has not happened.
Of course Iguodala has not had much help either. For starters, AI9 has played under four head coaches in the last six years – not exactly the stability a young player needs to grow and develop. But hopefully Doug Collins brings an end to that stretch.
Additionally, the franchise has never been able to find him a right hand man. The front office’s latest attempt was Elton Brand, who was thought to be the complimentary star to Iguodala’s inevitable superstar. Upon his signing, the Sixers envisioned Brand as an interior scorer that would change opposing defensive schemes and thus free up Iguodala. Unfortunately at this time, Brand is not the same player who commanded nightly double-teams before rupturing his Achilles tendon and has turned out to be one of the worst free agent signings in modern NBA history.
Still the coaching carousel and the Brand debacle only make up half of Iguodala’s lack of growth. He has failed to significantly improve many parts of his game since his contract extension. In fact, many feel as though he has regressed over the last two seasons.