Andre Tyler Iguodala was born on January 28th, 1984 in Springfield, Illinois. He grew up as a fan of the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan was the player he looked up to the most. He attended Lanphier High School and in his senior year dominated by averaging 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. Iguodala went on to be named the Chicago Sun-Times’ Player of the Year.
Iguodala then attended The University of Arizona. In his sophomore season, Andre was named team MVP as he led his team in rebounds, assists, and steals. Over the course of his college career, he averaged 9.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. He entered the NBA draft after his sophomore year.
Iguodala was drafted 9th overall in the 2004 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers despite Dick Vitale saying it would be a mistake because he wasn’t going to be able to cut it. He finished 4th in the Rookie of the Year voting after averaging 9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
In his 3rd year in the league, Andre flourished and came into his own as he averaged 18.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. Since then he has gone on to win 3 NBA Championships with the Golden State Warriors and was named the NBA Finals MVP in the 2014-2015 season. He is now playing with the Miami Heat as a much-needed veteran presence in a season in which they hope to go on a very deep and successful playoff run.
By STEVE FARACE
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