Thursday , Mar , 06 , 2008 Oly Sandor

The Max Series: Is Andre Iguodala Worthy of a Max Contract?

Today, we focus on Philadelphia high-flyer Andre Iguodala. Over the last few days, hoop heads, NBA GMs, and reporters have debated whether ‘Iggy’ deserves close to max money. His rookie contract expires in July and the young star is currently negotiating an extension with the 76ers.
Read the post, form an opinion, and let us know in the comment box below whether Iguodala deserves a ‘max’ contract …

The Max Series: Is Andre Iguodala Worthy of a Max Contract?

My AM Take/The Max Series: NBA players are about status. They battle over cars, groupies, minutes, and statistics.

Nothing is more coveted amongst players than a ‘max’ contract. Currently, twenty-one ballers are part of this special club, earning the maximum salary allowable under the collective bargaining agreement. Those not earning a ‘max’ salary want to make top money.

Today, we focus on Philadelphia high-flyer Andre Iguodala. Over the last few days, hoop heads, NBA GMs, and reporters have debated whether ‘Iggy’ deserves close to max money. His rookie contract expires in July and the young star is currently negotiating an extension with the 76ers.

Read the post, form an opinion, and let us know in the comment box below whether Iguodala deserves a ‘max’ contract.

Is Andre Iguodala a max player?

Andre Iguodala, 4th season, 3 million dollars.   

Why: Log-on youtube, type Iguodala in the search engine, and you’ll have instant access to a sick array of dunks. Simply put, his freakish athleticism is a fixture on internet highlight reels and SportsCenter.

But he’s more than a dunker. Iguodala’s all-round game is a nightmare for opponents and stat-keepers. The former Arizona Wildcat can score, rebound, drop dimes, and run-the-break.

‘Iggy’ also has charisma. Fans recognize and appreciate his array of on-court aerial antics. Off-court, he avoids the typical trappings of a young pro and seems dedicated to his craft.

Why Not: A blending star, not a franchise player. Analysts see Iguodala as an excellent second-option, but not a first-line superstar.

And a veteran scout who requested anonymity said: "To me, he’s the second- or third-best player on a good team. He doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses; he’s a good defender, a good passer, a little fancy, a high-turnover guy. He runs the floor and is athletic. If the Sixers had a star, he’d be a great player." (Philadelphia Daily News)

Our Call: Not worthy of a max contract, but deserving of a sizable raise.   

What does Iguodala deserve? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts. The AM Take is Oly’s morning thoughts on the NBA appearing Sunday through Friday on HoopsVibe NBA Blog. Errors can be attributed to the time and his need for another coffee.

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