Link: CBSSports.com’s Matt Moore breaks down the importance of Andre Iguodala’s defense

The Internet is teeming with analysis, breakdowns, opinions and diatribes of every kind. There are good articles and there are bad articles — then there’s Matt Moore’s profile piece on what Andre Iguodala’s defense has meant to the Denver Nuggets this year. If you read one article this year, I’d advise you to make it this one. Here, Moore manages to get Iguodala to talk about all aspects of his defense, but most importantly he shines light on the underlying theme: that Iguodala’s defense is all about obstruction. It’s not about flash. It’s not about blocks or steals (although he gets quite a lot of both). It’s all about restricting his opponent from doing exactly what they want on the floor. By approaching defense in such a cerebral manner Iguodala not only makes himself look good, but his entire team as well — which in turn, makes all of us very, very happy.

  • googergieger

    Yeah read that a while back. Insightful stuff. Really made me appreciate what he brings to the team. Here’s hoping the rest of the team learns a lot from him. We have defenders, but as a team sometimes we struggle to defend. Though that could do with, well. Apparently we shouldn’t be negative when winning. So yeah it was a great article. Stiffs have a piece about him as well.

    Might want to link to the post article about Gallo possibly being our next star where Karl praises him some, so Luca won’t freak out.

    • Michele

      No matter about GIANLUCA. This is not a post about Gallo and i’m pretty sure he doesn’t read anything but Gallo-ish stuff.

      • Michele

        Ouch, i just realized he managed to write about him even here where noone was thinking about him.

  • Ckwizard

    Good read! Defense isn’t always a reflection of how many points the other team scores and that is what average NBA fans think. The same thing can be said hat a high scoring team doesn’t always run a good offense. Nugget basketball results in scoring because of defense and rebounding. Transition basketball is a strategy that results in points from defense but that stat feeds offensive efficiency. Igoudala altered the chemistry of the team, Gallo is better defensively with Igoudala on the court than he was with AAA, KK is more valuable with Igoudala on the team. Any move or trade that hurts this teams ability to defend or Rebound will have a negative impact on wins vs losses. Adding a three point specialist who can’t defend or play transition basketball will be a step backward for this team.

  • Jeff

    Iguodala and Gallo definitely have a connection going on. They seem to feed off each other on both sides of the court. I bet Iguodala pushes Gallo in practice.

  • EWilson

    A fine article, which also reminds the reader that in the current NBA, great offense will still beat great defense a lot of the time. (Thanks, David Stern for making guys like LeBron undefendable.)

    I like what Iguodala brings to the team and I think it’s starting to rub off on a lot of other guys. If this you team learns to take pride in their defense, they’ll give themselves a chance to compete for the title in years to come. What they need to learn now, is the grit to bring it every night. The fact that it’s a relatively egoless team, is an excellent attribute, if they all buy in, they can be the type of ‘team’ the Spurs are. And, the Spurs are a team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

    • Evan Woodruff

      If I had to put my life savings on one team to win the NBA Championship. Nuggets bias aside. I’d pick Spurs > Bulls in 5.

  • GIANLUCA

    Igoudala have the best defense for nature
    Gallinari have a good defense because in Italy we love defense in basketball

    Fareid and Mcgee can have a good defense , but the must have a good defensive coach

  • ny nugs fan

    as i’ve been saying since end of last season…nugs should not concede the division to okc

    there are enough games left to catch them

    • mike

      The only way they catch OKC is through significant injury time missed of Durant/Westbrook. The Nugs are a 50-55 win team.. OKC is a 57-63 win team. Or if the nuggets trade for Lebron, Durant or Chris Paul.

      • ny nugs fan

        totally disagree; this team has the talent and ability to play defense on the best teams/players, that they could definitely win it all

  • googergieger

    Start with the third seed first! Clips lost again!

  • Señor Chang

    Wow don’t look now but nuggets are only 3 losses behind clippers :O

    I know this team is definitely not a contender but barring a major trade, if we can make it to round 2 and compete against one of the best teams that would be a major success for this season

  • dynamo.joe

    So, I just watched the Feb 1, d-league game to see how Stone did (fyi, easily the best player on the court).

    Anyway, the announcer during a commercial break (for their radio coverage, I guess) said Stone was sent down for 6 games, but the press release said 2 games. Has anyone seen anything saying they extended his d-league assignment?

    • John

      I don’t know Joe… but the game on the 2nd was 70s night…. pretty much the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. All of the Iowa coaches totally bought in… it was fab, man. Game was crap though. Q Miller still thinks he’s a shooting guard.. 0/5 on 3s.

      • dynamo.joe

        Which is sort of odd, considering they are using Quncy at the 4/5. Do they not have any bigs?

        Can’t say I was impressed by anything except Quincy’s willingness to rebound.

  • Theo

    Nice site and thread. Just found you guys. Looking forward to more.