Saturday evening, two former Illinois prep athletes saw minutes in various NBA games. Below I look into and share each of their NBA performances from December 31.
Best of the Day: Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala (Lanphier) is currently playing in his 18th season in the NBA. While his roles have changed over the years, the Springfield native and Lanphier High School grad has maintained relevancy has made the necessary adjustments to cater to his teams’ needs.
After being drafted by the Philadelphia 76er out of Arizona, he was an immediate starting player for the team. He would average 14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks over his first 10 seasons. His season high averages during that stretch were 19.9 points (07-08), 6.5 rebounds (09-10), 6.3 assists (10-11), 2.1 steals (07-08), and 0.7 blocks (09-10, 12-13) per game.
In the summer of 2012, he was traded to the Denver Nuggets were he played just one season. After the season, the Nuggets looked to extend his stay but Iguodala turned down the five year deal. He instead signed a 4-year/$48 million deal and was sent to Golden State in a sign-and-trade involving three teams.
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Iguodala has been mostly coming off the bench but still plays valuable minutes and come up in big moments. Since then, he became a 3-time NBA Champion, won Finals MVP, and was named to the All Defensive First Team.
After a 2 seasons away from the Warriors, Iguodala is back in Golden State and is reprising his role for the team.
- Andre Iguodala (Lanphier/Golden State Warriors)- 24 minutes, 12 points, 5/7 FG, 2/3 3PT, a team-high 2 offensive rebounds (tied with two others), a team-high 7 total rebounds (tied with 2 others) , 8 assists, and +1 in a 123-116 win over the Utah Jazz.
The Rest of the Day’s Performances (or Performance*)
- Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Parker/Chicago Bulls)- 21 minutes, 4 points, 1/3 FG, 2/2 FT, an offensive rebound, 5 total rebounds, an assist, a team-high 1 steal (tied with 3 others), a block, and a game-worst -17 in a 120-119 win over the Washington Wizards.
There is no running from the COVID protocols for NBA players. It seems to be inevitable at this point. The latest to enter is Lockport’s Richaun Holmes. Holmes has missed time with an eye injury already this season and was just starting to find his groove. On Friday, he had a near double-double with 11 points and 7 rebounds to go along with 2 blocks in a Sacramento Kings’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks.