Despite being an All-Star and serving as the centerpiece of the Philadelphia 76ers for eight seasons, Andre Iguodala understood his new-found role with the Golden State Warriors. Iguodala’s year-long sacrifice of coming off of the bench paid off in a monstrous way.
When called upon, the 31-year-old changed the course of the 2015 NBA Finals with his gutsy defense and steady offensive attack. Although he hadn’t recorded a single start all season until Game 4 of the Finals, Iguodala was the Warriors’ best player by a large margin.
For the second consecutive year, the recipients of the MVP award were assigned the task of “the hardest job in basketball.” According to Golden State head coach, Steve Kerr, that assignment refers to the challenge of guarding the league’s best player, LeBron James.
When Iguodala was in the game, James shot 38.1 percent from the field, scoring 26 points per 36 minutes with 2.9 turnovers. When he was on the bench, James shot 44 percent averaging 35 points per 36 minutes with 2.2 turnovers. Offensively, he averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals.
Following the 105-97 Game 6 victory, the former University of Arizona standout edged James, 7-4 votes to win the 2015 Finals MVP Award.
*Not pictured: regular-season MVP, Steph Curry, who didn’t earn a single vote.
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