Andre Iguodala Reasons Out Why LeBron James and Rajon Rondo Are The League’s OGs

Published 02/26/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, head coach Frank Vogel (middle) and forward LeBron James celebrate after defeating the Houston Rockets. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


There aren’t many players in the league right now who are still going strong after 15 seasons or more. There is LeBron James, Udonis Haslem, JJ Redick; but another name that springs to mind is Andre Iguodala. The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Iguodala as the ninth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Since then he has played alongside many legends like Chris Webber and Allen Iverson. But when asked about the current OGs, Andre believed that that honor rested with LeBron James and Rajon Rondo.

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Are LeBron James and Rondo the OGs?

The 37-year-old has the experience to bring success to any team that he plays for. However, there are some other vets according to Andre who have the same effect. In an interview, Andre Iguodala first shed light on the importance of veterans in the league. He said, “I was very fortunate to have some really good veterans my first couple of years in the league, setting me straight, showing me the rules.”

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Andre explained that a good veteran is not necessarily the one who stays in the league the longest, but someone who knows how to best handle their business in the right manner. This is what he has always wanted to emulate and pass on to the younger generation.

When asked who other than him would count as the NBA’s OG’s right now, he said, “You know a lot of guys who came in and are still around. Obviously, LeBron is at a great high level.” After that, he also picked Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo.

Feb 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks the ball over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-A TODAY Sports

Why does Rajon Rondo make the OG cut?

While Bron being an OG is very obvious, Andre explained his stance in picking Rondo. He said, “Rajon Rondo is another one of those guys. Wherever he goes, is really contagious, and how he connects with the younger players in the teams.”

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After naming Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap as well, Andre stated, “You got a handful of guys who have been doing it for a while, making the most of their careers and giving back as well.”

The Los Angeles Lakers won the championship last season against Iguodala’s Miami Heat. And nobody would disagree that Rajon Rondo was the trump card that turned things around for the Lakers in the playoffs, and so Iguodala couldn’t be more right; it takes a real OG to know another.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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