Ready to join his new batch of teammates in Denver being acquired in last Friday's Dwight Howard mega-deal, Nuggets swingman Andre Iguodala is itching for a chance to build on his gold-medal winning Olympic performance in London.
And now that he's finally settled down and no longer wrapped up with international opponents, the versatile point forward has really started to get jazzed up about the upcoming campaign. "I really like what they're building in Denver and I look forward to being a part of it," Iguodala told Nuggets.com's Aaron Lopez on Tuesday. "It's a high-energy group with a lot of athleticism."
The 28-year-old forward averaged 15.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game over eight seasons in Philadelphia, and is familiar with a number of Denver's hodge-podge of players from his lengthy stint in the Eastern Conference. "I've played with Andre Miller and know how valuable a player he is," Iguodala said. "Ty Lawson is one of the best young point guards in the league and Danilo Gallinari can really stretch the defense with his shooting and can do a lot of other good things offensively."
After getting to see how some of the sport's best like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant routinely put their teams on their backs in both the Olympics and the NBA Playoffs, it's a perfect time for Iguodala to try his hand at leading an NBA franchise deep into the playoffs on his own. And with a fresh new start and a bevy of new teammates around to blend with his up-tempo style, Iguodala might just pull it off before long.