Report: Andre Iguodala announces his NBA retirement
Oct 20, 2023, 2:56 PM
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The last remaining 2004 NBA Draft class member is hanging it up. After 19 seasons in the NBA, Andre Iguodala is officially retiring. Andscape’s Marc J. Spears broke the news on Friday morning.
After being selected ninth overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2004 NBA Draft, Iguodala played all 82 games and won Rookie of the Year. That would be the first of many accomplishments throughout his career. After his first six seasons in Philadelphia, he was traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he spent one season before finding another home in free agency.
He is a four-time NBA championship, all as a member of the Golden State Warriors Warriors. Iguodala was a vital member of the 2015-16 Warriors, setting the regular season record with 73 wins and nine losses. Six of his seven Finals appearances came alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. After their victory in the 2014-15 NBA Finals, Andre Iguodala was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player primarily due to his impressive defense against LeBron James.
‘Congratulations to Andre on concluding a spectacular Hall of Fame career. He was one of the most unique players I have ever been around, combining incredible instincts at both ends with elite athleticism and IQ. Just an absolute winner. I was lucky to coach him.’ – Steve Kerr pic.twitter.com/6E7rDtxnkC
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 20, 2023
Defense was a staple for the former All-Star, evidenced by his two All-Defensive team honors. His 6’11” wingspan, great athleticism, impressive strength, great hands for strip steals, impactful playmaking, and immaculate basketball intelligence allowed him to find various ways to impact games.
After six years with Golden State, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies before being rerouted to the Miami Heat, where he made his last NBA Finals appearance. Iguodala didn’t take long to return to the Bay Area in 2021 to play his final two seasons.
Through 1231 career games, he averaged 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.4 steals on 46.3 percent from the field, 33 percent from three, and 70.9 percent from the free-throw line. Following Andre Iguodala’s announcement, LeBron James (38) is now the oldest player in the NBA.