Iguodala for Kaman? MAKE IT HAPPEN!

9 Jun

Iguodala dunking on LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant

By Chris McCoy

Fanache (noun): pain endured as a result of being an ardent devotee of a particular sports team or competitor.

Yeah that’s a new word… I just made it up, but every Clippers fan has experienced fanache at one time or another. Whether it was the Clippers handing the Cavs the number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Raja Bell hitting that corner three to kill all hopes of a Western Conference Championship birth in 2006 (If I ever see Raja in the streets it’s on!), Kobe almost signing with the Clippers in ’04, just to resign with the Lakers at the eleventh hour (I despised Kobe for like two years after we threw the world at him and he decided to resign with the Lake Show), or just years of finishing in the cellar of the Pacific Division.

The Clippers have been on a upwards swing in the win column the last three years, going from 19 wins in ’08-’09 to 29 in ’09-’10 to 32 this past season; leaving Clippers fans with much optimism for the future, as they have a great young nucleus. The Clippers are close to getting over the hump: they had the 12th and 13th* leading scorers in the NBA this season in Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, respectively, an NBA Rookie 2nd Team point guard in Eric Bledsoe, traded for a former All-Star point guard in Mo Williams, and DeAndre Jordan has emerged as their center of the future.

What’s missing from the equation? An elite small forward!

They had the same problem last offseason, and were even one of the six teams that LeBron was considering in free agency, but when James took his talents to South Beach, the Clippers filled that void with two players that realistically should be coming off the bench in Craig Smith and Ryan Gomes.

Enter Iguodala. The 76ers are finally ready to part ways with Andre Iguodala, as seen in their talks with Golden State, and now the Clippers. Iguodala, who averaged 18.5 ppg in the ’05-’06 through ’09-’10 campaigns, is reportedly thrilled with the idea of teaming up with his Team USA teammate Blake Griffin, and the the Clippers could definitely use the scoring. On top of the fact that Iguodala was Second Team All-Defense at the small forward position this year, behind only LeBron James. Iguodala showed that he could sacrifice his scoring for the greater good, seeing his scoring drop to 14.1 ppg in this regular season, and an even lower 11.4 ppg this post season while leading the team in assists at 6.8 apg. Iguodala’s willingness to defer for the greater good of the team is what excites me about this possibility.

The Clippers' young nucleus from right to left: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Eric Gordon

With two great scorers and a scoring point guard in Mo Williams, Iguodala would have the ball in his hands far less with the Clippers, but his ability to pass and defend means he will not only assist on buckets, but get deflections that will lead to more fast break dunks for himself, Blake the Great and DeAndre Jordan – and let’s be real, flash is important to attracting fans in LA. So whomever Donald Sterling needs to throw in outside of the starting five to sweeten the deal for Philly, he needs to get this deal done. Not only will it help his team in the win column, but will increase attendance and jersey sales. This is a good financial and basketball move for the Los Angeles Clippers… GET IT DONE!

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*At 22.3 ppg Eric Gordon would have been the 13th leading scoring in the NBA had he qualified. You must play in at least 85% of the games to qualify… i.e. 70 games; Gordon only played in 56.

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4 Responses to “Iguodala for Kaman? MAKE IT HAPPEN!”

  1. Marion Tevar June 9, 2011 at 6:36 AM #

    hahaha…

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