Andre Iguodala was born in Springfield, Illinois on January 28, 1984. From an early age Andre dedicated himself to work hard to be the best he could be both in the classroom and in sports. He grew up rooting for the Chicago Bulls and the San Francisco 49ers and cites Michael Jordan and Michael Johnson as two athletes he looked up to at an early age.
Andre attended Lanphier High School in Springfield where he exceled both academically and athletically. He earned all-conference academic honors, was a member of the National Honor Roll and was named - the State Journal Student-Athlete of the week several times.
In addition to a standout basketball career at Lanphier, Andre also competed in the high jump and triple jump on the school’s track team.He first started to get the national attention of college basketball coaches in 2000 after hitting a game-winning buzzer beater to give his team the Under-17 AAU championship. Andre also earned most valuable player honors in the tournament.
As a senior, Andre averaged 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game and led Lanphier to a second place finish in the Illinois High School Class AA Tournament. He was named the player of the year by the Chicago Sun-Times and earned several other national accolades.
The college recruiting process was hectic for Andre as he had several intriguing options to consider. He knew that the decision would greatlyaffect his future and the process taught him a lesson in patience in making the right choice. Ultimately Andre selected The University of Arizona, coached by the great Lute Olson. His decision was based on how well Arizona developed their players over the course of their collegiate careers.
Andre arrived in Tucson to a storied program that surrounded him with talented teammates and future NBA players like Hassan Adams, Channing Frye, Mustafa Shakur, Salim Stoudamire and Luke Walton. He earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors in his first season on campus and helped the Wildcats reach the Elite Eight in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
As a sophomore, Andre elevated his game and was named First Team All Pac-10 while also being named Arizona’s MVP by the team. He displayed his versatility in registering three triple-doubles over the course of the 2003-04 and joined Jason Kidd as the only Pac-10 players to post two or more in a season. With averages of 12.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 32.1 minutes, Andre was firmly on the radar of NBA scouts, who viewed him as a top talent should he declare for the 2004 NBA Draft.
Playing for Lute Olson helped Andre to raise his basketball IQ tremendously and how to play the game the right way. With
two years under Olson, Andre decided to forego his junior and senior seasons and pursue his NBA dream.
Andre took his mind and body to another level in preparing for the NBA Draft in 2004. He was determined to be a top pick and work his way to becoming one of the best players in the game.
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Andre with the 9th overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft adding him to a roster that featured All-Star guard Allen Iverson. As a rookie, Andre was the only Sixer to start and play in all 82 regular season games as well as the team’s five playoff games. He was named First Team NBA All-Rookie and was selected to start in the 2005 NBA Rookie-Sophomore game at NBA All-Star Weekend. He also became the first Sixers rookie to post a triple-double.
Andre’s second season was best remembered for a controversial second place finish in the 2006 Slam Dunk Contest in Houston where despite an impressive array of high-flying dunks, he finished one point behind New York’s Nate Robinson who needed several attempts to complete his entries in the contest. In 2006-07, Andre averaged 18.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists joining Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tracy McGrady as the only players to average at least 18-5-5 in the NBA that season.
In 2007-08, Andre averaged a career-high 19.9 points per game while playing once again in all 82 contests. He led the
Sixers to wins in 22 of their final 29 games and back to the NBA Playoffs. Following the season, Andre signed a six-year contract extension with Philadelphia. He led the Sixers back to the playoffs in 2008-09 and averaged 21.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists while adding a dramatic game-winning jumper though it was not enough to get Philadelphia past Orlando.
Andre endured several coaching and roster changes in Philadelphia from 2008 to 2011 but he was determined to keep improving with the hope of leading the team to deep playoff runs. In 2010-11, Andre was named All-NBA Defensive Second Team and finished second in the league behind James for most triple-doubles in leading the Sixers back to the playoffs where they could not get past eventual Eastern Conference Champion Miami in the first round.
In his last season in Philadelphia, Andre was selected to play in his first NBA All-Star Game and led the Sixers to a first round playoff series win over Chicago by making the game-winning free throws in Philadelphia’s Game 6 series-clinching win.
Andre was named to USA Basketball’s Men’s Senior National Team Program and was selected to play on the 12-man team for the 2010 FIBA World Championship joining his future Olympic teammates Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love along with seven other NBA stars. Andre cites the 2010 team as the most team-oriented group he has ever played with and together, Andre and Team USA won the gold medal.
Two years later Andre was named to the Olympic Team that provided him with the most enjoyable basketball experience of his life and he knew his game was respected at the highest level. Andre was flanked on Team USA by Kobe Byrant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, Deron Williams and Anthony Davis along with the four players he won gold with in 2010 at the world championships.
Team USA began their march to the Gold Medal with an exhibition round win over the Dominican Republic in Las Vegas in which Andre was named the Tiffany Player of the Game by scoring 18 points on 7-9 shooting. They went on to win exhibitions in Washington, D.C., Manchester, England and Barcelona, Spain where the original Dream Team won gold in 1992.
Andre’s Olympic experience began with the opening ceremonies in London where he walked Olympic Stadium with all of the United States’ participating athletes. Getting to meet
the other athletes and attend other Olympic competitions was a highlight for Andre as were the time he spent with his basketball teammates both on and off the court.
Team USA rolled to a 5-0 record in preliminary play and defeated Australia, Argentina and Spain in route to the gold medal. Andre described the medal ceremony as a surreal moment.
On his way to winning a gold medal as a member of USA Basketball in London, Andre was traded to the Denver Nuggets on August 10 as part of a four-team trade with Philadelphia, Denver, Orlando and the L.A. Lakers.
In Denver, Andre was reunited with his former Sixers teammate Andre Miller and surrounded by one of the league’s youngest and most athletic rosters. Adjusting to a new team, city and system is an adjustment for any player, but as with everything, Andre took on the mental challenge and is leading Denver to one of their best regular seasons in team history, including a franchise best 15-game winning streak in February and March of 2013.
During the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, Andre was elected by his peers as member of the NBA Player’s Association’s Executive Committee a role that will allow him to represent his fellow players and be directly involved in the business of the league.
Andre led Denver to a franchise record 57 wins and third best record in the Western Conference. The team also won a record 38 home games, including a team record 23 consecutive wins at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets faced the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 2013 playoffs and fell in six games.
Following the end of the season, Andre opted out of the final year of his contract with Denver and declared for free agency. After meeting with several teams, Andre decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors in July 2013.