Who Is the X-Factor for the Warriors?
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This Golden State Warriors roster without question is deep, its bench can compete and keep up with most starting lineups in the NBA. The X-factor seems to change on a nightly basis depending on who has the hot hand, besides the Splash Brothers. However, in this series, in particular, the X-factor is Andre Iguodala.
Andre Iguodala is in the prime of his career, this year he accepted the role of sixth man and coming off the bench for the first time in his career. Iggy isn’t the most productive scorer in the league due to an inconsistent jump-shot, but he makes up for it with his athleticism and his lockdown defense.
So far in these playoffs Iguodala is averaging eight points per game, with 3.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists with an average of 27 minutes per game. Iguodala has been playing superbly in these playoffs, contributing with all-around production off the bench while leading the way on defense. Going against LeBron James, who really can’t be stopped will need to be limited as much as possible. Iguodala will be given the task much of this series to limit LeBron, and I believe he has the best chance to do so. Harrison Barnes isn’t strong enough to play LeBron, all series and Draymond Green isn’t quick enough to stick with LeBron. If the Warriors want to solidify the chance of winning the series, Iggy will be a huge deciding factor outside the Splash Brothers.