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News » Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-10-30

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-10-30

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-10-30Andre Iguodala, burgeoning superstar?

That's what new Sixers coach Eddie Jordan is saying about Iguodala, as in "maybe this is his superstar year."

Iguodala, a versatile sixth-year pro, has led the Sixers in scoring for the past three seasons, with a high of 19.9 points in 2007-08. He averaged 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists last year.

"Among other guys in that league, I think I have that (type of) respect," Iguodala said. "With you guys and maybe others outside in the media who don't play within the game, it's kind of hard to see. I think I make my teammates a lot better. I've raised the level of play and that's probably one of the toughest things to do in the NBA."

Starting at shooting guard after two years as primarily a small forward, Iguodala had eight points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals in Wednesday's season-opening 120-106 road loss to the Magic.

While team president Ed Stefanski thinks Iguodala is a very good player, he says Iguodala might need to call his own number more if he is to become a star.

"One thing about Andre is he's an all-around basketball player and he's very unselfish," Stefanski said. "I'm not saying you have to be selfish to be a superstar, but I think he has to be a little bit more selfish on the offensive end. Sometimes he may take a step back with his offense to try to make a play for the other guy. At times, he has to be a little bit more assertive at the offensive end."

For his part, Iguodala, who hasn't been picked to an Eastern Conference All-Star team, claims involving his teammates can be a better decision than launching an 18-footer.

"I feel like sometimes I have to make the extra pass to feed it to someone else," Iguodala said. "We have a lot of guys who can score the ball. That's probably the biggest part of our team we're struggling with right now -- having that balance. When we need a tough bucket, I can take it."

MAGIC 120, SIXERS 106: The Sixers dropped the opener because they couldn't stop the Magic, allowing 41 third-quarter points and 100 going into a fourth period of garbage time. The Sixers' perimeter "D" was especially poor, as Orlando went 14-for-23 (.609) from three-point land in building a 31-point lead through three quarters, which can't happen if they don't double-team Dwight Howard (21 points, 15 rebounds).

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Added: October 30, 2009


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