To score 13.5 points per game, Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala is being paid $15 million per year, give or take a Porsche.
Even by the wacky standards of the NBA, that does not compute.
No way, no how, is Iguodala worth the money.
So here's the key question for Denver coming down the stretch: Can the Nuggets afford to build a contender around Iguodala, given the constraints of the NBA salary cap and this franchise's aversion to paying the luxury tax on talent?
Iguodala is a clamp-down defender, a true professional and a compelling interview.
But the NBA is not a spelling bee. You don't get paid $15 million for giving intelligent sound bites or getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
For $15 million, was it too much to expect for the 29-year-old Iguodala to lead the Nuggets in scoring, be an all-league defender and stamp his personality on the locker room?
His defense has met expectations. The rest of the shiny package? Empty.
After 50 games with the Nuggets since arriving in trade, Iguodala is in danger of finishing with career lows for field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage and rebounds per game. But the real head-scratcher is why an Olympic gold medal winner from the Dream Team hasn't been more forceful in establishing high standards for these young, often- inconsistent Nuggets.
"It's a little bit of an adjustment. It's hard to change habits, especially when you're the new guy coming into a new situation," Iguodala said Thursday. "There are some things guys have been accustomed to doing their whole careers, and when you come in here, you can't just jump on them right away and say, 'Change it.' It's a process."
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So far, Andre Iguodala hasn't paid off with Nuggets
Denver Post | Feb 8