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Sunday, January 11, 2009

After a Slow Start, Andre Iguodala Has Stepped Up For the Sixers

Last season, Andre Iguodala had a great year especially down the stretch for the Sixers. He averaged 19.9 points and just over two steals a game to lead the Sixers to a playoff berth. But at the beginning of this season, Iguodala started out small for Philadelphia. But now he seems to have finally returned to his old self and is one of the hottest players in the NBA.

Iguodala averaged just 11 points in the month of October and 13.3 points per game in the month of October. He had trouble adapting to a secondary role behind new acquisition Elton Brand. But now with Brand out with an injury, Iguodala has stepped up his game to lead the Sixers on a four game winning streak.

Iguodala averaged 19 points through the month of December and is now averaging 21.4 through five games in January. In November, he shot just 40.7% from the field, but in December he raised that to 47% and is currently at 45% in January. He hit 9 of 13 shots in the Sixers' latest victory over the Hawks.

His season averages are still low at just 16.5 points per game, but they are on the rise. His steals are also up to where they were last season, as he is now averaging 2.2 steals per game in the month of January.

One of the main struggles of the Sixers as a whole and Iguodala in particular is three point shooting. But even that seems to be coming around for the Sixers and Iguodala. Iguodala has made five of eight from three point land in his last two games. The Sixers as a team shot 9 of 15 from behind the arc in their latest win against the Hawks, the first time they have shot over 50% from three the entire season.

Iguodala has helped the Sixers turn their season around and go on a little win streak that hopefully will continue to lead to even greater success. Now only if the Sixers can catch a little Phillies, and now Eagles, fever to help lead them out of the first round of the playoffs this season.

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