OAKLAND --The Warriors have a number posterized in the exclusive areas of the their practice facility. It's a goal for number of wins this season. It's being kept on the low, but the starting point guard already revealed it begins with a "5."
Whatever it is, newcomer Andre Iguodala might have an issue with it.
"I would say more than that," he said.
Wait, did he just predict the Warriors will win 60 games?
"I did not," he said, his matter-of-fact expression suddenly transformed to a grin. "I just have really high expectations for us. I won't say too much about wins. I'd rather fly under the radar. ... We're setting the bar high for ourselves."
Either way, Iguodala's hope of sneaking up on anyone is far-fetched. Many expect the Warriors to be a legitimate contender for a top seed in the Western Conference. A large part of that was the acquisition of Iguodala, who Golden State snatched from Denver in July.
The pressure of expectations isn't as new to Iguodala as it is to the Warriors. But both find each other in a similar position in that both have something to prove. Golden State that it belongs with the big boys of the NBA. Iguodala that he's a difference maker who can lift a team to greatness.
"I don't think I got enough credit for what I bring to certain teams," Iguodala said. "Especially last year with the (57 wins) we had, breaking the franchise record for wins and how we kind of kept everything together and pulled off a great season. I'm just looking to continue to build with this team as well, and not just for one year but for multiple years, just keep making runs."
Iguodala has seen production dip over the last few seasons. Last season, he averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 assists and 6.1 rebounds. That left a sour taste in the mouth of many Denver fans, who expected him to be the answer to what kept the Nuggets from making any real noise in the playoffs.
Iguodala has said he's heard the criticism coming out of Denver. You get the sense he knows some have written him off as overrated or on the downslope -- especially since he signed a new four-year, $48 million contract.
Likewise, Golden State is believed by many to be a flash in the pan. Preseason predictions are trickling out and many have them pegged on the outside looking in of the Western Conference contenders.
But if Iguodala accomplishes his goal, the likelihood is the Warriors will reach theirs.
"I'm going to have to make adjustments, just getting used to the guys," he said. "Hopefully that transition phase works out quickly so we can get things rolling. I looked at our schedule to see where we're at ... the No. 1 main thing for us is winning."