Recently, there have been stories about team USA and how Iguodala is a near lock to make the team. Plus the early season predictions of who will win the ROY award. It has been said that Iguodala and Turner are duplicates. To me, that's not a bad thing. But, I think one of them will look like the better player. Will Iguodala have a break-out season and finally make the all-star team? Or will Turner become the big scorer the team has been looking for and win ROY?
Iguodala as All-Star:
I think Iguodala would have to be a 20+ scorer to be known as all star material. He does have some competition too. Some forwards that can become all-stars in the east are: Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudimire, Carlos Boozer, Gerald Wallace, Paul Peirce, and Kevin Garnett. It stands to be that James and Bosh would be the starters so Iguodala will have to be picked by the coaches or maybe as an injury replacement like David Lee was for Allen Iverson. Another problem that Andre faces is that most all-stars are from successful teams. The Sixers probably will not be relevant enough for Andre to make it. On the plus side, he's been getting alot of compliments on his versatility with team USA and that should help his all-star chances. One a side note: I really would think it would be cool if both Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner made it to the rookie sophomore game in all-star weekend. While Turner would start, Holiday may not make it with so many other PGs out there. Oh well. Would have been nice.
Turner as Rookie of the Year:
This scenario seems more likely. I say this because Allen Iverson and Jerry Stackhouseboth averaged 20+ points in Iverson's rookie season. He won the ROY that year. So, because Turner and Iguodala are the same type of players, would they have similar stats? If so, it may be enough to win ROY. John Wall is with two other point guards. One of them, Gilbert Arenas, Is looking to reestablish himself as a big time scorer. Technically, Wall doesn't have to out perform Arenas to win the ROY, but it would help his chances if he were the leading scorer of the team. I don't see that happening. You also have Derrick Favors, who has a solid PG and C to play with. It probably is not too crowded to make a heavy impact so he has a chance to win ROY.
Both All-star and ROY:
Hey it could happen. If you pretty much combine the reasons why I said Iguodala would be an all-star and Turner being ROY, you can see how this scenario may not happen. Like i previously stated, Iverson and Stackhouse both were 20+ pgg players at the same time. Of course, Andre and Evan will probably not match that scoring production this season. But, Andre may be versatile enough, plus Turner could end up scoring 17ppg, that Iguodala could catch the coach's eye and be selected for all-star. Plus Turner could quickly adjust his game to NBA standards and steal ROY. We know he's a guy who knows the game. Read&react. Combined with a coach like Doug Collins, who has experience to give Turner advice on handling adversaries, and you have a rookie who, whether he wins or not, is definitely going to be a threat. Also, Iguodala and Turner could actually play well together. It's a reach but if they play well enough together, along with Jrue, it could help the Sixers surprise a few teams.
If Turner doesn't win ROY, this is most likely to happen. It could be that the Sixers struggle too much and Andre is not considered as an all-star. Turner and Iguodala may end up clashing on the court and both players could suffer. Or both players could play well but they're out performed by their respective competition.
So what is the most likely scenario to happen? Is there another way things could play out (injuries or trades)? I think this is an interesting topic to dicuss. Let me know what you think.
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