OAKLAND – Coach Steve Kerr continues to like what he sees with Andre Iguodala coming off the bench as the team’s sixth man.
Kerr said after Tuesday’s preseason win against the Los Angeles that Iguodala was the Warriors’ best player on the floor for the game.
“He’s so smart and figures everything out,” Kerr said.
“He made his shots. He defended. He was fantastic.”
Kerr has said he could take the decision on whether Iguodala or Harrison Barnes starts on opening night down to the wire. For now, the pairing of Iguodala with guard Leandro Barbosa in running the second unit has been effective in Kerr’s mind.
“It seems to be a good fit because LB’s a scorer, he’s a runner,” Kerr said. “Andre is a facilitator and kind of a point-forward and yet at the other end, Andre can guard the bigger wings and LB is more used to guarding point guards, so I like the combination quite a bit.”
Starting Barnes could help get the young player going after he looked dramatically better playing as a starter in his rookie season.
“Obviously Andre can play any time in the ball game,” executive board member Jerry West told KNBR. “He’s a great team player, and he wants to do what’s best for the team, and I think sometimes Harrison does play better with the starters.
“Harrison needs to slow down a little bit. Sometimes he goes a little bit too fast, and maybe this will help him.”
Center Andrew Bogut wrote in his NBA Australia blog before Tuesday’s game about his prediction that Iguodala will ultimately retain the starting role the veteran has had for his entire career.
“He’s played really well in that role because he’s so versatile but you’ll see him return to his starting spot,” Bogut wrote.
“I think heading into the season our starting line up will remain the same but regardless of that, Iggy is a pro and he’ll play whatever role the team needs him to play but I can’t see things changing too much.”