"Strength in Numbers" and "Death Lineup" are expressions that the Golden State Warriors dynasty has made popular in the past decade. And Andre Iguodala has served as a linchpin that helped Golden State unlock the lineups to overcome opponents during its first three title runs. But what if the Warriors didn't gamble on the former All-Star in 2013?
Worth the risk
The Warriors front office clearly valued and prioritized signing the former Denver Nuggets wing when he became a free agent after the 2012-13 season. But because the team did not have enough cap space to acquire him outright, it needed to trade away a couple of rotation players, and two unprotected first-round draft picks in a sign-and-trade deal.
"That was a hugely pivotal moment to get a good player like Iguodala," Myers said. "I often talk about that moment as transformational. Up until that point, we hadn't had any free agents want to come to our team. Andre was a pretty big free agent at the time."
Kickstarting the dynasty
Thanks to the addition of a two-way player like Iggy, Golden State was able to field versatile lineups that were potent on offense and defense. Another key piece of the puzzle was the 2014 offseason hiring of head coach Steve Kerr, who knew how to maximize the Warriors' roster. With Iguodala and Kerr, the team won the 2015 title. For his role in the title run, the former lottery pick was named the Finals MVP that year.
The Warriors dynasty continued its championship-winning ways when Kevin Durant joined the fray in 2016. The addition of the former NBA MVP resulted in one of the most potent five-man combinations in league history. Collectively called the "Hamptons Five," the lineup of Iguodala, Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green outscored the opponents every regular season and playoff.
While Curry and Durant get the most credit as the Warriors' superstars, Golden State might not have won three championships from 2015 to 2018 if it didn't have Iguodala.