Friday, October 26, 2012
Iguodala brings different game to Denver
By Jose DeLeon, ESPN Stats & Info
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This is the first installment of a series called “Missed or Not Missed?”. The concept is simple -- we take a look at a few Western Conference teams and determine if the players they’ve lost will be missed or if the player they brought in will make them forget that loss.
The Nuggets will replace Aaron Afflalo with Andre Iguodala. Will Afflalo be missed?
The Denver Nuggets helped the Los Angeles Lakers land Dwight Howard by sending Arron Afflalo to the Orlando Magic. The Philadelphia 76ers contributed by trading Andre Iguodala to Denver.
Will swapping offense for defense benefit the Nuggets this season?
Late game contributor
Afflalo played a major role late in games for the Nuggets -- he scored 208 points (third-most) and shot 84.8 percent from the line (third-highest percentage) in the fourth quarter and overtime last season.
Meanwhile, Andre Iguodala was the sixth-highest scorer (119 points) for Philadelphia and was a liability at the line, posting the worst percentage (43.4) among his teammates with at least 20 free throw attempts after the third quarter.
Despite the departures of Afflalo, Al Harrington and Nene, the Nuggets are still left with four players who averaged more than 10 points per game last season.
Iguodala might not contribute as much as Afflalo offensively but he is the better defender.
As the on-ball defender against jump shooters lats season, Iggy allowed the sixth-fewest points per play (.81) and eighth-lowest field-goal percentage (35.0) among the 35 players with at least 370 plays. Afflalo was scored on frequently -- he ranked dead last in both categories.