Resume: 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.7 steals (6th in league), 35.6 minutes, 45% FG, 39% 3PT (career best), and 62% FT… Team record in games played: 33-29 (2-2 without)… Playoffs: 12.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 38% FG, 39% 3PT, 59% FT, 7-6 record… All-Star
I ask you to give me three paragraphs to set up an overly-complicated analogy that compares the way I look at eating to the NBA. I promise it will all make sense in the end when it ties to Andre Iguodala. At least that’s what I’m hoping for.
Over the course of an average school week (Monday thru Friday) I’ll eat about 15 meals. In general, there are great meals, average meals and poor meals. Being a poor college kid I’ll eat about 5 poor meals a week. Some mornings I oversleep and have time for about half of a pop tart before I have to catch a shuttle to class. There are some miserable nights where shopping mishaps cause me to rely on macaroni and cheese for dinner. Even at the dining hall there are the typical poor selection nights like BBQ riblet sandwiches and the least Italian eggplant parmesan you could find.
Usually there are about eight meals a week that I’d classify as average. A bowl of cereal for breakfast; delicious Campbell’s Chunky soup for dinner; corn dogs (yes, I enjoy corn dogs), chicken sandwiches or old reliable (a turkey wrap with American cheese, lettuce, onion and mayonnaise) at the dining hall. If that is my slate of meals for a day, I’m a happy camper. But then I get maybe two days a week where I might go out on a date, or maybe I’ll go to the Subway, Taco Bell or Chick Fil A conveniently located right on campus. I’m jacked up for those meals.
One final part to this analogy is that any snacks consumed over the course of a week can drastically improve the way you view what you ate for the last 5 days. Every once in a while me and some roommates will throw a frozen pizza in the oven and go to town on that at midnight. On Monday nights I have popcorn while I watch WWE Monday Night Raw after Monday Night Football. Who doesn’t love an occasional Red Baron pizza or some Orville Redenbacher popcorn?
Now, let me get to the meat of this analogy. I look at the meals I eat during the course of the school week the same way I’d look at an NBA roster. In most cases, if an NBA team has two stars (2 great meals), eight rotation worthy players (8 average meals), and five scrubs (5 poor meals), they can be successful. The snacks come in to play as outside factors that have an impact on a team (coaching, a great crowd, style of play, easy division/conference, etc.) Now obviously not every NBA team is constructed in the style that I just put forth. The 2011 Dallas Mavericks had a ton of success with one star player (Dirk Nowitzki doing his best 20 oz. T-Bone Steak impersonation), a whole bunch of rotation guys who stepped up in the postseason (Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd, Peja Stojakovic, J.J. Barea, DeShawn Stevenson) and some killer snacks along the way (great coaching, historically good 3 point shooting and LeBron melting down in the NBA Finals).
For so many years the Philadelphia 76ers relied heavily on Andre Iguodala to be a Buffalo Chicken Sub from Subway when in reality he is more of a Campbell’s Chicken Corn Chowder. I love Iguodala’s game, but he’s not suited to be a traditional number one guy. It’s not his strong suit. Philadelphia has had an offense in the bottom half of the league for the last 5 years. Iggy isn’t meant to be playing in grind it out games. He should be flying around the court wreaking havoc and showcasing his incredible athleticism. Enter the Denver Nuggets.
Getting traded to Denver is the biggest blessing in Andre Iguodala’s career. He gets to run and gun with a slew of talented young players in Denver instead of being forced to do everything for Philadelphia (and getting them damn close to the Eastern Conference Finals last May). Even though Denver doesn’t have the traditional “Meal plan” that I presented, theirs gives Iguodala a better chance to succeed than Philadelphia’s did. Iguodala is playing with the most talented supporting cast of his career; one top 50 player (Ty Lawson), one honorable mention (Kenneth Faried) and a few other talented pieces (Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, JaVale McGee) that make Denver slightly intriguing. Add in a few snacks (good crowd, good coach, visiting teams being forced to play at a much higher altitude than normal, and most importantly, a rejuvenated Andre Iguodala playing in a style that masks the fact he is a Chicken Corn Chowder and not chicken parmesan) and the Nuggets are a legitimate sleeper as a contender in the Western Conference. Even if you don’t buy into the Nuggets hype, it’s hard to imagine Iguodala not thriving this year.