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Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri Believes Andre Iguodala Can Score More In New System

One of the inevitable questions after a blockbuster deal like the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to LA and Andre Iguodala to Denver is how well the new rosters "fit" together.

For Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, that was one of the biggest positives in acquiring Iguodala, who he thinks will fit the Nuggets style of play perfectly. Courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews, Ujiri had some interesting comments about the former Philadelphia 76er earlier in the week:

We feel Andre Iguodala is going to be able to score a little bit more because of how we play. I think the 76ers played more of a half court game and they played in a half court setting. We go up and down and that is his game. He likes to find people. He likes to make plays. He likes to attack the rim and that's how we play, so I think on both sides we have somebody who can play make plays for some of our other players and then just above all at least a defender that is going to help us be better on defense."

Iguodala, one of the most athletic players in the NBA at 6'6 215, is more comfortable in the open court, where he can use his speed and quickness to get to the front of the rim. In the half-court, his shaky perimeter jumper allows defenses to sag off him.

He averaged 12.4 points and 5.5 assists on 45% shooting in 2012, where he played for a Philadelphia team that played the 24th slowest pace in the NBA. On a Denver team that played the second-fastest pace in the NBA last year, Iguodala's statistics should be markedly improved.

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