Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP and 4-time champion with the Golden State Warriors, announced his retirement on Friday after 19 seasons. The defensive standout averaged 11.3 points over his career and leaves behind a profound legacy.
The 39-year-old said in an interview that the timing felt right to step away and devote more time to his family. After being drafted 9th overall in 2004, Iguodala spent time with the 76ers, Nuggets and Heat before cementing his place in Warriors lore.
His one All-Star season came with Philadelphia where he averaged nearly 20 points per game as a young star. But joining Golden State in 2013 proved the pivotal move of his career. His stellar two-way play and selfless leadership helped unlock the Warriors dynasty.
Iguodala won titles in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022 with the Warriors to cap his decorated tenure. His 2015 Finals MVP was earned by tirelessly defending LeBron James and packing the stat sheet on both ends.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob has already announced plans to retire Iguodala’s No. 9 jersey. Coach Steve Kerr credited him as a clutch playoff performer whose presence lifted the entire roster. Teammates praised his mentorship guiding younger players.
Over 1,200 career games, the 6’6″ swingman built a reputation as an elite perimeter defender plus talented playmaker and scorer. His role and stats evolved over time, but peak playoff performance never wavered.
Beyond the court, Iguodala relished serving in a leadership capacity as a long-time National Basketball Players Association vice president. His dedication advocating for fellow players will also leave a meaningful imprint.
As he steps away after two decades, Iguodala’s belief in team success above individual glory endures. His selfless approach shaped the Warriors and influenced many rising stars. Fittingly, his storybook career ends with Golden State too.