Iguodala a uniquely valuable player for Warriors

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Andre Iguodala has helped the Warriors emerge as one of the NBA's best defensive teams.

Andre Iguodala has helped the Warriors emerge as one of the NBA's best defensive teams.

He returned from the injury in mid-December a different player. Hesitant to drive. Finishing less at the rim and passing up shots he should take, even as he's looked more spry over the last month or so. And here's the most flummoxing part: It's not because he's missing them. When he does shoot, Iguodala remains as effective as ever. Everything from his field-goal percentage to three-point percentage to true shooting percentage to effective field-goal percentage remain on par or above his career averages.

Andre Iguodala is attempting only 7.5 shots per game, his lowest average since his rookie season of 2004-05.

Andre Iguodala is attempting only 7.5 shots per game, his lowest average since his rookie season of 2004-05.

Andre Iguodala (right) helps the Warriors in ways that aren't showcased in the box score.

Andre Iguodala (right) helps the Warriors in ways that aren't showcased in the box score.

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Andre Iguodala says it's easier for him to sacrifice on offense now that he's more established in the NBA.

Andre Iguodala says it's easier for him to sacrifice on offense now that he's more established in the NBA.

"Hey," he says, "it's a scorers' league. I'm going to teach him to get 30 every night. That's the only way you'll get your just due."