While other marquis guys in their contract year have seized their time on the national stage of the playoffs to make a case for their future paychecks, Andre Iguodala hasn’t even come close to his regular production. His numbers during this six-game series are significantly down from his regular season totals. He’s posted 13.1 points and 4.8 boards during the Pistons series despite averaging 19.9 points and 5.4 boards before the playoffs.
What does this mean for Iguodala’s hope for a max contract? Can he make the same case that Josh Smith and Antawn Jamison are making as game-changers who can do more than carry their team into the Top 8 teams in the palsy East. They’ve picked their games up come playoff time. Jamison’s been a menace on the boards in one of the most physical playoff series we’ve seen in recent memory. He’s pulling down 11.4 per game during the Wiz’s series. And J-Smoove has the country on red alert, toasting the best defensive team in the League for 18.4 points and swatting 3.2 shots per game on the other end.
With the series on the line last night, AI only pulled seven times from the floor en route to 16 points. But he lacked the aggressiveness that Philly needed as the Pistons jumped out to an early lead. By the time the first quarter was over, Detroit led 30-12, and Iguodala was 1-2 from the floor. When Atlanta’s offense looked out of sync during the Hawks’ game five loss to Boston, Smith asserted himself, drawing fouls on his way to the basket over and over again. He shot 10-10 from the stripe.
“The offense is centered around me, and they did a good job of making other guys do the scoring and I had to find other ways to be effective,” Iguodala said. “You learn a lot about yourself, whether you shut down or keep fighting.”
“I learned a lot about what I have to do this summer,” Iguodala said.
Does that include lobbying for a max deal?