Slow of­fen­sive start doesn’t worry Iguo­dala

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - NBA - By Con­nor Le­tourneau Con­nor Le­tourneau is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer.

War­riors for­ward An­dre Iguo­dala isn’t con­cerned about his shoot­ing strug­gles. More than 1,000 games into his NBA ca­reer, he can sense when he is poised for some break­out per­for­mances.

“Noth­ing’s changed,” Iguo­dala said Fri­day when asked about his shot. “It looks like it to y’all, but it’s all good.”

Long praised for his ef­fi­ciency, Iguo­dala, 34, is av­er­ag­ing 3.1 points per game this sea­son on 38.7 per­cent shoot­ing (28.6 per­cent from three­p­oint range). Only twice in 10 ap­pear­ances has he scored more than four points. Be­fore hit­ting two of his three shots in Thurs­day’s loss to Mil­wau­kee, How An­dre Iguo­dala’s of­fen­sive stats com­pare to his ca­reer: Points FG% 3PT% FT% 3.1 38.7 28.6 50.0 12.5 46.4 33.3 71.2 Iguo­dala was 3-for-12 from the field in his pre­vi­ous three games.

Per­haps more con­cern­ing than the num­bers, how­ever, is how they’re com­ing. On shots at least 8 feet out, Iguo­dala is 5-for-22 (22.7 per­cent) from the field. Only one of his eight shots be­tween 8 and 24 feet has gone in.

The good news for Golden State is that it doesn’t ask Iguo­dala to be much of a scor­ing threat. With some of the best shoot­ers in NBA his­tory around him, he is free to fo­cus on find­ing the open man, lim­it­ing turnovers, help­ing set the tempo and guard­ing one of the op­po­nent’s best scor­ers.

By that mea­sure, Iguo­dala has been mak­ing good on the $16 mil­lion he’ll earn this sea­son. His as­sist-to-turnover ra­tio leads the team. In ad­di­tion to av­er­ag­ing al­most a steal and a block per game, Iguo­dala is cor­ralling an aver­age of 2.4 re­bounds.

It is also worth con­sid­er­ing that Iguo­dala of­ten has a tough time mak­ing shots early in the sea­son, only to set­tle into a groove as he nears the play­offs. Such was the case last sea­son when, af­ter la­bor­ing much of the reg­u­lar sea­son, he re-emerged as an in­dis­pens­able role player in the post­sea­son.

“I’ve been feel­ing good this year,” Iguo­dala said.

San­ti­ago Me­jia / The Chron­i­cle

War­riors swing­man An­dre Iguo­dala, who of­ten has trou­ble scor­ing early in the sea­son, re­mains con­fi­dent in his shot.

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