Should this surprise anyone? No. Dei Lynam has the story.
"If you asked me, I would say yes," Iguodala said. "Just the way we have been playing lately with putting ourselves in position to be in the top in the East. We're right there right now. We're in the playoffs as of right now, and we're playing great basketball so I would say yes. But my whole thing is to continue to get better as a team and not try to look too much for myself. I try not to think about it."
The question is, do you agree?
Iguodala has been playing lights out basketball since Elton Brand went down with his dislocated shoulder. His ridiculous January splits have already been noted to be Pippen-like and his team has won 7 of their last 8 games, mostly because of Iguodala's stellar play. The starting lineups have already been announced and Iguodala didn't make the cut, and rightfully so. Next Thursday night the reserves will be named. The only reason I'm holding hope for Iguodala is, the coaches choose the reserves. I just hope they think as highly of him as our coach does.
"That happens with the fan voting where they automatically vote people in and the coaches too see a guy who‘s been an All-Star in the past and feel they have to vote the guy in," Sixers coach Tony DiLeo said. "It's tough to break in, but Andre will break in at some point, it's just a question of when."
"If we are a winning team, he and Andre Miller and Elton Brand would get more consideration, but until we establish a winning team I think it's an uphill battle for Andre Iguodala," DiLeo said.
There's no question Iggy deserves consideration, but the fact that his team is currently under .500 doesn't help and although I hate to see it, how many points a player scores usually determines "how good they are" and Iggy has failed to reach 30 once this season.
The only thing he can do is continue to ball like he's been ballin' lately and continue to lead his team to victories. Three games remain before the reserves are officially announced and Iggy can make a strong case for himself with three wins, including two road games against Western Conference powerhouses, in New Orleans and Houston.
Just for the heck of it, here are my 7 (9 since I couldn't decide on two of them) reserves:
1. PG-Rondo/Jameer Nelson
2. PG-Devin Harris
3. PF-Chris Bosh
4. SF-Danny Granger
5. SG- Joe Johnson
6. SF- Iguodala
7. C-Emeka/David Lee
Just missed-Paul Pierce and Rashard Lewis (Both would probably make it over Iguodala)
P.S. If Thad doesn't make the sophomore team, I am going to be livid. Jeff Green will probably start at the three, so unless Thad starts at the four, he'll be coming off the bench, which I'm completely fine with as long as he makes the team. Last year Jamario Moon, JJ Navarro, Luis Scola, Sean Williams and Yi were the reserves. I think it's safe to say that Thad will be there.
The rookie game, on the other hand, might be tough to crack for M16. Speights leads all rookies in PER, but there's just too many big names in this rookie class for the best rookie to actually make it. I'm hoping though.