Things You Didn’t Know About Andre Iguodala

Andre Tyler Iguodala was born in Springfield, Illinois, on January 28th, 1984, to his parents Leonard and Linda Shanklin. His father is of Nigerian descent, which qualified Andre to play for the United States or Nigeria on an international level. Andre Iguodala is married to Christina Gutierrez, his childhood sweetheart who Andre has known since he was 15.

Andre has two children, his son Andre Tyler Iguodala II, and his daughter London Iguodala. London Iguodala reportedly has an IQ of 151, which places her in the top 3% of IQ test takers.

Iguodala celebrates winning the Finals MVP award with his son Andre Tyler Iguodala II / USA TODAY SPORTS

Growing up in the state of Illinois during Michael Jordan’s prime, Andre quickly gravitated towards the sport of basketball at a young age. Basketball became a passion of Andre’s when he was as young as five years old. Like many aspiring basketball players during the early 90’s, Andre’s favorite team was the Chicago Bulls, and he looked up to Michael Jordan as a player to try to emulate.

Growing up in the state of Illinois during Michael Jordan’s prime, Andre quickly gravitated towards the sport of basketball at a young age. Basketball became a passion of Andre’s when he was as young as five years old. Like many aspiring basketball players during the early 90’s, Andre’s favorite team was the Chicago Bulls, and he looked up to Michael Jordan as a player to try to emulate.

Andre Iguodala was a standout throughout high school and was considered a four-star recruit heading into college. He was heavily recruited by a number of high level schools, such as Kansas and Georgia Tech, but his heart was set on Arkansas after an influential visit to the campus of the Razorbacks.

Andre Iguodala at Lanphier High School, December 2000 / The State Journal-Register

He would go on to play eight seasons with the 76ers, and would go down as the 9th highest scorer of all-time in 76ers history. In 2012, Iguodala was involved in a three-team trade that saw him join the Denver Nuggets to play out the last years of his contract.

After one fairly successful season in Denver, Andre would be traded to Golden State in early July of 2013, where he would agree to a monster four-year, $48 million extension with the Warriors.

Andre Iguodala has had one of the most accomplished basketball careers that no one talks about.

He has done it all, both domestically and internationally.

In 2012, Andre would earn a Gold Medal with Team USA when he was one of the 12 players who was selected to represent the United States in the Olympic games. Iguodala was also part of each of the three Championships the Warriors obtained since the 2014-2015 season.

He even earned NBA Finals MVP for his heroics in a grueling six-game series against LeBron James and the Cavaliers. On top of all of this hardware, Andre Iguodala has also been an All Star (2012) and First team All-Defense (2014).

Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrating a championship with Andre Iguodala in 2015 / Paul Sancya

Andre Iguodala is increasingly becoming known for his moves off the basketball court. The small forward has an impressive business portfolio to add to his basketball credentials.

During the NBA lockout of 2011, Andre Iguodala used his time wisely by obtaining an internship with investment and wealth management firm Merrill Lynch. Since, Iguodala has taken advantage of his Silicon Valley surroundings and has become a notorious investor in technology startups.

In addition to investments in Tesla, Twitter, and Facebook, Andre also has a board position with African e-commerce company Jumia.

 

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