If an NBA team were preparing for the playoffs, and they could select any bench player to join their squad, Andre Iguodala just might be that choice.
In 2019, Iguodala once again proved his worth to the Golden State Warriors when the games mattered most. As soon as the playoffs rolled around, the former All-Star and Finals MVP returned to looking like one of the most athletic players in the league, and one of the sport’s top perimeter defenders and playmakers.
Iguodala was much better in the playoffs than the regular season, and as a result, he was never really in the running for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, even though everyone recognizes him as one of the league’s best bench players.
Still, Iguodala received some votes. During Monday’s NBA Awards Show, the full tally for the award was revealed. Iguodala received two third place votes for Sixth Man of the Year, which put him in 10th place for the award.
Not surprisingly, Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers ran away with the award, earning 96 of the 100 first place votes.
The others who finished ahead of Iguodala were, in order, Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers), Montrezl Harrell (Clippers), Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets), Terrance Ross (Orlando Magic), Derrick Rose (Minnesota Timberwolves), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Dennis Schroder (Oklahoma City Thunder), and Monte Morris (Denver Nuggets).
Lou Williams got 96 out of 100 first place votes for Sixth Man of the Year.— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) June 25, 2019
Montrezl Harrell got 2, Domantas Sabonis and Dennis Schroder got 1 each. pic.twitter.com/ZSNL5Y8tkw
A veteran of 15 years, Iguodala isn’t going to be winning any more regular season awards in his career. But he’s proven that he’ll pace himself, and still be a top player in the postseason.