Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will have one big decision to make for game one of the NBA Finals in terms of his starting line-up.
The Coach of the Year selected Andre Iguodala ahead of Harrison Barnes in their series-clinching game seven victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals and faces a dilemma as he prepares his team for a rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Iguodala made a huge contribution to the Warriors on the defensive end as he guarded Kevin Durant to good effect for large stretches of the game.
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He was also a huge factor for Durant's poor shooting display in game six in Oklahoma City as he went 10-of-31 from the field.
Barnes, however, has been the primary small forward for the Dubs throughout the year and has stated he has "no idea" if he will start the opening game of the Finals.
"It's not necessarily about starting or coming off the bench or anything like that," Barnes said on "The Damon Bruce Show" on 95.7 The Game. "I'm going to be ready to play game one of the Finals whether I play 20 minutes off the bench or start and play 35, whatever it is.
"I'm going to do my job because ... there is no better feeling than hoisting that championship trophy. That's what we're in it for."
If Kerr does opt for Iggy, it won't be something new as he gave the starting nod to the All-Star forward in the decisive games in last year's Finals, where he played a major role in slowing down LeBron James who was on a tear at the start of the series.
The Olympic gold medallist also contributed impressively on the offensive end and was named the Finals MVP as a result.
The 32-year-old has been used mainly as a sixth man throughout Kerr's two-year reign in Oakland and only started one game in the regular season this campaign as his coach prefers to have him lead the second unit.
Along with Draymond Green, Iguodala is one of the team's best one-on-one defenders and with LeBron sure to be the Cavs' main scoring option, his defence on the King will be crucial to the Dubs' chances of winning back-to-back championships.
"We've seen this happen before. Guys have to sacrifice with the playoffs," Barnes said. "I don't think anyone had any issues with it."
Iguodala played 43 minutes in the 96-88 win over OKC and finished with seven points, four rebounds, and three assists.
If he is chosen to start ahead of Barnes, as he's always shown, he'll be ready to answer his coach's call.