Andre Iguodala won a Finals MVP before Stephen Curry did. But despite how good Iguodala was, the four-time champion doesn’t think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
In the Old Man and the Three podcast with JJ Redick, Iguodala admitted he’s not good enough to be mentioned in the same sentence as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and the other greats enshrined in Springfield.
“I’m not a ‘ring culture’ guy. But I’ve benefitted from that. I know I have a lot of flaws. And I think there should be tiers of the Hall of Fame.
I’m not a Hall of Famer if you ask me. And I think I was good but like Kobe, LeBron… Come on, man, I can’t do that. And a lot of us can’t do that. They have to be in their own, like, different world. And then MJ should be in his different world; that’s how good he was.”Andre Iguodala on being in the Hall of Fame
It’s refreshing to see honesty from a former NBA player with a legitimate claim to be better than most. Besides being the 2015 Finals MVP, Iguodala made one All-Star team, two All-Defensive teams, and won an Olympic gold medal.
He was an integral piece that made the Death Lineup work for the Golden State Warriors. He is 6-foot-7 on a good day, but his quick hands and defensive instincts more than made up for it as an undersized power forward. On top of that, Iguodala was an underrated playmaker, averaging four dimes in the 2015 NBA Finals.
Although Iguodala barely played for the 2022 title-winning Warriors, his input from the bench was invaluable. He emphatically coached Andrew Wiggins on the sidelines after a missed defensive assignment. As a result, Wiggins played the series of his life, averaging 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds against the Boston Celtics in the Finals.
Could Andre Iguodala’s resume land him in the Hall of Fame?