Andre Iguodala was nowhere to be found in the Nuggets locker room before playing his former team for the second and final time this season. When he was a Sixer, Iguodala was rarely accessible before games. His pregame ritual is strict and talking to the media is not a part of it.

Iguodala came to Denver last August in the now infamous trade that landed the Sixers Andrew Bynum, a guy who will play zero games this season and is an unrestricted free agent moving forward.

As much as Bynum has been a non-factor this season in Philly, Iguodala has been a big part of Denver's 48-22 record and 14-game winning streak. But be careful where you look to understand his contributions in the Mile-High City.

“A.I. is a highly efficient player that brings your defensive capabilities to a sophisticated level,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “He can cover any position up to probably center and he understands that defense is the foundation of success.”

“Offensively, he is a playmaker at the 2-position and the 3-position and he just enjoys the team to work,” Karl continued. “People say he is struggling but I haven’t seen the struggles. He’s had bad stat games but everyone has bad stat games. He is not a stat player -- he is an effective, efficient team player and I think he has helped our defense immensely.”

On the season Denver’s defensive numbers don’t wow you but during their current winning streak they have had the third best defensive numbers in the league. Considering the pace they play at -- third-highest scoring team and the No. 1 offensive rebounding team, to have a sustained stretch of top defensive numbers is a credit to the team’s concerted effort to be defensive-minded.