This is the perfect place for Denver Nuggets fans, or should I say Denver Nuggets optimists. But let's be realistic, we are always seeing on the bright sides, you know.
It was like those times when fans see images of an ideal player to be part of your not-so-attractive team and realize it was all just an dream. When a dream like that comes true, the feeling is like you expect your team to be the best in the league regardless of what other teams have. When I heard the news about Dwight Howard finally gets traded to the [Ugh] Los Angeles Lakers, I was frustrated on the Orlando Magic for not executing that megadeal with the Brooklyn Nets that was proposed earlier this offseason. But when I heard that the Denver Nuggets were involved in the made trade, which is among four teams, there was this feeling that the Nuggets Nation will go crazy and forget about the hated Lakers. That’s exactly what happened after the blockbuster deal was done with the Denver Nuggets ended up receiving Andre Iguodala. That megadeal will go down in history as the Dwight Howard trade according to NBA fans. But to us Nugget fans, this trade will be remembered as the Andre Iguodala trade.
Nuggets Nation has been salivating on Andre Iguodala’s attributes and abilities for years, particularly his intangibles. Even before the traitor named Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks, (Nuggets Executive) Masai Ujiri attempted getting the 6’6″ swingman from the Philadelphia 76ers while throwing out the ungrateful star to the New Jersey Nets. Drafted 9th overall in 2004, Iguodala has played as a Sixer since, had experience of playing alongside former all-stars Allen Iverson, Chris Webber, and Elton Brand (not to mention the highly-underrated Andre Miller, who is a 13-year all-star snub by the way). His scoring potential may be regressing, but Iguodala remains a versatile player on offense, having career stats of 15.3 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and 4.9 assists per game. Last season, he scored an average of a so-so 12.4 points, but it is the dedication on defense where Andre finally cemented his all-star status. He has established himself as a top 5 perimeter defender, finishing 7th in voting for the Defensive Player of the Year. Despite being 28 years old, he is still reaching his ceiling.
In the trade, the Lakers got Dwight Howard, veteran point guard Chris Duhon, and draft bust Earl Clark, while the Sixers got all-star center Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and Orlando got Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Sixers’ 2012 first pick Moe Harkless, some leftovers (Christian Eyenga and Josh McRoberts), and four future draft picks. While Nuggets Nation is celebrating in excitement about the addition of Andre Iguodala, there are also tough farewells for Afflalo and Harrington (I will write on that later).
With the addition of Andre Iguodala, there is hope that he can finally add some defensive toughness in Denver. They weren’t not as bad as the “Enver Nuggets” last season, but the way Denver allowed such an amount of points was just awfully embarrassing (they allowed the 2nd most points last season, with the Nets edging them). Also, (Nuggets coach) George Karl has expressed that the Nuggets’ offense works best when his guards are rebounding the ball, and Iguodala can surely help in doing that, considering his 5.8 average.
Actually I didn’t see this trade coming. In my opinion, Iguodala should stay as a Sixer, but he has been under-appreciated by Philly fans in all those eight years in the franchise. Some thought Iguodala might have reached his potential and his days in Philadelphia are numbered. But in an organization that has one of the best development staff in Denver, there’s no question Iguodala will have a brand new start and he might have the perfect coach in George Karl (sorry Doug Collins). The Nuggets will also play their opening game in Philadelphia, and it is going to be very exciting.