A much deserved honor for Golden State Warriors Swingman Andre Iguodala on Monday afternoon as he was named to the NBA All Defensive First Team.
Iguodala is the first Warrior since Latrell Sprewell in 1993-94 to be named as an All-Defensive selection and the first Warrior since Nate “The Great” Thurmond in 1970-71 to be named to the first team.
Iguodala came over to the Warriors in the summer of 2013 with a tremendous history as a defensive stalwart and added a presence not seen on the defensive side of the ball for Golden State in years.
For the 2013-14 season, Iguodala was eighth in the NBA with a defensive rating of 96.9 and had a +9.0 point differential while he was on the floor.
The Warriors had a dramatic turnaround on the defensive side of the ball during the 2013-14 season due in large part to Iguodala. Golden State finished third in the NBA in Defensive rating and held opponents to 43.6% shooting from the floor due in large part to the pressure schemes and Iguodala’s presence on the defensive side of the ball.