Sixers Forward Andre Iguodala Makes 2012 USA Olympic Team

It’s official. The Philadelphia 76ers have an Olympic basketball player, and his name is Andre Iguodala.

Iggy is finally getting national recognition; hopefully he’ll return with a gold medal.

Iguodala, along with Blake Griffin and James Harden, was named to the roster as part of the final cuts—he beat out Eric Gordon, rookie Anthony Davis, and Rudy Gay for the spot after Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose were lost to injury. It was actually quite a lucky break for the 28-year old, who likely wouldn’t have been offered the spot if those guys were healthy.

Iguodala will be heading to London to compete for the gold with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love. Since Anthony, James and Durant all play the 3, Iguodala could see some time at shooting guard along with Kobe and Harden.

It makes sense that Iguodala would make his first Olympic team the very same year he qualified for the All-Star Game; he will be one of the team’s best perimeter defenders and, while not very important, dunkers. He, along with James and Griffin, will likely put on a show when facing lesser competition.

The team plays it’s first exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Thursday, a team that will feature current NBA forward Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks.

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Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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