Andre Iguodala Celebrity Life
Andre Iguodala is an American, National Basketball Association (NBA) player for the Memphis Grizzlies. Andre Iguodala has twice been named in the NBA All-Defensive Team. In 2012 he was an NBA All-Star. With the Golden State Warriors, he won three NBA championships and was also declared the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in the year 2015.
He played in the FIBA World Championship in 2010 as a member of the United States national basketball team, and was part of the national team for the Summer Olympics of 2012, for both the times he got gold. For all his achievements and accolades he has turned into a well-recognized celebrity in the United States.
Andre Iguodala was born to Linda Shanklin on 28th January 1984, in Springfield, Illinois. Andre’s older brother played for Dayton and for Lake Land College, Illinois. Growing up he religiously followed Michael Jordan and supported the Chicago Bulls. Andre Iguodala attended the Lanphier High School in Springfield, which produced other renowned athletes like Kevin Gamble, and Robin Roberts.
At his school, Iguodala excelled both athletically and academically. Andre Iguodala was on the National Honor Roll and was also a State Journal Student-Athlete of the week, many times. At the high school state tournament, his high school team became the runner-up. For that season he made 7.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists per game, and averaged 23.5. By the Chicago Sun-Times, he was named player of the year.
College Basketball Career
He had narrowed down his list of interested schools to Arkansas or Kansas. Andre Iguodala was tempted by Arkansas’ 1-3 system, that would let him to occasionally run the point. However after their coach, Nolan Richardson was fired, he decided to go with Arizona instead.
At Arizona university, he joined with future NBA players like Walton, Mustafa Shakur, Salim Stoudamire, and Hassan Adams. He was named for the Pac Ten All-Freshmen team for the 2002-03 season. In the next season as a sophomore, he was named MVP of the team, leading his team in steals, assists, and rebounds. Joining Jason Kidd I the record, he made three triple-doubles in that season. During his career as an Arizona Wildcat, his team made it to the NCAA tournament both times.
A Career as NBA player- Rookie Season
Many state coaches previously regarded Andre Iguodala as a track runner who turned to a basketball player, but his college basketball career was enough to change everyone’s opinion. Andre Iguodala was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2004 NBA draft, of the 9th overall. At that time ESPN personality Dick Vitale said that the team makes a mistake, by selecting him.
Andre Iguodala used his comment as motivation, to give his best performance in the rookie season. Andre Iguodala proved his merit and versatility against Detroit Pistons by scoring a triple-double that season. For his efforts, he was named the All-Rookie First Team and was also voted Rookie of the Year, at the end of the season.
When the 2011-12 NBA season ended, Andre Iguodala scored 35.6mpg, 2.7 SPG and averaged at 12.4. In a game against Chicago Bulls, he made 2 free throws in 2.2 seconds. The Sporting News called him ‘the good guy of basketball.
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