Four-time NBA champion Andre Iguodala will make his season debut for the Golden State Warriors on Saturday against the Orlando Magic. Point Forward Podcast. Iguodala missed the first 39 games of the season with a hip injury, and at 38, staying healthy is no longer easy for the former All-Star. But now he’s ready to go, and for the Warriors, that’s just the way it should be.
Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins have both missed a lot of injury time this season, but now even the Golden State bench is beginning to suffer. James Wiseman, Jonathan Cuminga and Jamichal Green are expected to miss at least one more week. That should give Iguodala plenty of playing time as he returns to the rotation, though at his age it’s unclear how often the Warriors plan to use him. Iguodala played approximately 21 minutes per game last season.
Iguodala has already announced that this will be his last season in the NBA. Originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2004, Iguodala joined Golden State in 2013 and is one of four players, along with Curry, Clay Thompson and Draymond Green, to have been part of all four of their championship teams in the past. eight seasons. He won the Finals MVP in 2015, his first title, and was a key player in 2017 and 2018 as the Warriors won back-to-back championships.
In 2018, Iguodala was traded to make room under the hard limit for D’Angelo Russell, but returned to Golden State in 2021 and will now play his final NBA games as a warrior. With so many injured teammates, Iguodala may just be the spark this team needs to climb back up the standings after a slow start.