Wanted to talk about this in more depth, seen some strange opinions I don't quite understand how people can see this as a bad move.
Just some quick notes. First of all let's talk about what we've given up.
- Biedrins. Overpaid scrub who wouldn't look out of place in the D-league.
- Jefferson. See above^
- B.Rush. A solid defender and decent 3 point shooter that has suffered two ACL tears and has averaged less than 10 PPG in his entire career.
- Second round picks. Bleh.
- First round picks that wouldn't be that good because we're unlikely to be a lottery team.
- Jarret Jack. A decent ball handler, slightly above average point guard who had tunnel vision. Easily replaceable with a cheaper option.
- Landry. An above average PF, good but not special.
And what did we get in return?
So what about Iggy? Well stats never tell the whole story, there's more to basketball than numbers, but a quick glance at the numbers gives you an idea of what he's capable of.
First of all, when Iggy was on the floor for Denver last season, their points allowed per 100 possessions was tied for 7th best in the league. When Iggy was on the bench, Denvers points allowed per 100 was the 23rd worst. Meaning he took their defense from being in the bottom 10 to the top 10.
In the 2012-13 season with the Nuggets, Iguodala held opposing shooting guards to a PER of 12.7, and opposing small forwards to a PER of 9.9. Take a second and think about how deep the wing position is right now. That's some seriously impressive numbers.
On top of that when you look at his RAPM Iggy is the best out of all the "elite" wing defenders with the exception of Lebron. And it is comparable (4.2) to some of the best defensive big men in the league, I.E Noah (3.8), Marc Gasol (4.5), D12 (4.4), Larry Sanders (4.2).
Secondly, he might not score much (averaging 15 PPG for his career) but when he does score, he does it efficiently. His TS% last season was around 0.52. Iggy will never be taking the big shots on offense and he isn't a great free throw shooter, but he will potentially be surrounded by Curry, Klay and Barnes (as well as Lee), so that's not really an issue.
What about his play making? He's likely going to play a point-forward role when Curry is resting and he's more than capable of playing that role just as well as Jack did if not better. In fact, looking at their careers, Iggy has better TOV% than Jack but slightly lower AST% (Jack is 4% higher), considering he doesn't play the point position and hasn't been the primary ball handler, those are pretty astonishing numbers.
He brings athleticism and great perimeter defense, arguably the best perimeter defender in the league, he improves our two biggest flaws from last season.
So that's the numbers, what about just in general? His veteran presence is going to help, he seems to get on well with a lot of our guys. And he's going to fit in brilliantly, he's literally a perfect fit for our system. I can't wait to see him on the court with Barnes having two swingmen as versatile as that is going to be a matchup nightmare for the opponent and the defensive schemes we'll be able to utilize with those two might give us the best wing defense in the West. And unlike Denver, we're not going to try and put him into a situation where he's uncomfortable, we know exactly what we're getting, an elite defender and great slasher/cutter. We're not going to force him into throwing up shots he's not good at. If he can help spread the floor great, but that's not a necessity. Then you have to think about how much more deadly we will be on the fast break with someone as athletic as he is finishing at the rim! With all the attention Curry draws on defense we're going to have unlimited options on offense, I would like to see a team double team Curry and leave Iggy wide open to storm through the lane.
It's possible either Klay or Barnes will still be traded, but assuming our top six are going to stick around, look at our rotation;
Iggy - Barnes - Klay - Green. Name a team with a wing rotation that is better than ours.
And when everyone is healthy? Curry - Klay - Iggy - Lee - Bogut - Barnes - Ezeli - Green. That's a terrifying 8 man rotation.
The biggest negative for me is going to be;
Present day: What are we going to fill our bench with? We're lacking funds but hopefully can use the 20 mil in trade exceptions to sign a competent big man to help out while Ezeli is out and then use the remaining 2+ mil (we're going to be under the cap by 2.8 apparently) to sign some garbage minute guys to add a little more depth.
Future: What happens when Klay and Barnes contracts run out? Unless Bogut takes a massive pay cut we won't have the money to extend both, they'll likely be looking for a very fat pay rise at that point.
Before you reply, consider this for a second. When was the last time we had a core 6 guys as good as what we've got right this minute?