Nuggets’ GM Ujiri ‘Shocked’ at Iguodala Snub
That’s how Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri described the snubbing of Andre Iguodala, who wasn’t named to either the NBA’s first or second team all-defense. Advanced stats and the old-fashioned eye test both prove that the Nuggets guard is an elite defender, but he was left off the teams, voted upon by the 30 NBA coaches.
“It’s mind-boggling to me,” Ujiri said in a statement to The Denver Post. “I mean, when the US Olympic team enlists a defensive stopper, there is no question who they choose – Andre Iguodala. Yet, for some reason he can’t be considered one of the top-10 defensive players in the NBA? It’s just shocking that he continues to be overlooked as a world-class defender in our league. I honestly thought he should be in the conversation for defensive player of the year, let alone first or even second team all-defense.”
Iguodala, who has only once made an all-defensive team, tweeted from @andre: “Politics as Usual…”