Thursday, March 25, 2010
No trader's remorse for Mavericks
By Marc Stein
Remember the public clamor around town for Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala before last month's trading deadline?
You won't hear any regret now -- from Mavs fans or the Mavs themselves -- after Dallas managed to acquire two front-line players (Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood) and some additional depth (DeShawn Stevenson) in the trade they did end up swinging with Washington.
Andre Iguodala has attempted 274 3-pointers this season, but is shooting only 28.5 percent -- including only 3 of 33 from beyond the arc in the past 10 games.
The Mavs might be in the midst of a 2-3 funk since their 13-game winning streak, but Iguodala is in the midst of the sort of shooting slump -- making just 3 of 33 attempts from 3-point range over the past 10 games -- that from the start had at least a few local observers (hello!) questioning the wisdom of Dallas taking on the four years and $56 million remaining on the Philly swingman's contract after this season.
Iguodala's defensive potential is considerable. Ditto for his versatility. There's also little doubt he'd get better looks from the perimeter than he's ever seen playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki, just as Jason Kidd has discovered.
Yet the question persists whether he shoots the ball well enough at his position to justify that contract, especially since the Mavs have at times been punished in recent years for their lack of floor-spreading options outside of Nowitzki beyond Jason Terry and the ever-improving Kidd. The Sixers have been imploring Iguodala for years to attack the rim more, but he: (A) continues to hoist; and (B) insists his overall game has been hampered by a worsening case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Seventy-one players have attempted at least 200 triples this season ... but Iguodala is one of just five such players shooting less than 30 percent from 3. Those five: