Goran Dragic’s Production Correlates To Wins

Dec 2, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic (1) advances the ball during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Numbers never lie? They do, but most of the time they don’t. Looking at Goran Dragic’s statistics one really jumps out at me, his numbers in the games the Suns win, and his numbers when the Suns lose.

Goran Dragic’s stat line(ESPN.com):

By Result GP MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
In wins 8 32.6 5.9-11.3 .522 2.1-4.5 .472 4.1-5.4 .767 0.9 1.9 2.8 7.5 0.3 1.8 2.1 2.4 18.0
In losses 14 32.2 4.9-11.3 .430 1.2-4.1 .293 2.3-3.2 .711 0.9 2.4 3.4 5.9 0.2 2.0 3.4 2.4 13.2

At this point, Dragic has to step it up and play at a higher level and maintain solid production from game to game. That win/loss stat-line right there just about says it all; he plays at a all-star level when the Suns win, and he plays mediocre when the Suns lose.

Goran Dragic as good as he is thus far has shown his struggles in the role as a passer in the pick and roll game; perhaps that’s my perception after watching years of Steve Nash running the good ole pick and roll.

That stat-line right there is a double edged sword. Dragic’s production in wins is encouraging because it just shows what kind of capabilities this guy has as a player. If Dragic can put up those numbers on a game to game basis the Suns will win a lot more games. However if you prefer to look at the glass half empty, you’d be looking at his production when the Suns lose and blame him for the losses which would be unfair.

Dragic right now is without a doubt the best player on the team, and Alvin Gentry’s confidence in him to give him to chance to take the game winning shot in the win against Memphis shows that Gentry believes in him too. But at the end of the day Dragic has to find a way to bring that consistency to the table from game to game, not every other game.

Looking at the Suns roster right now there are 3 guys that attempts the same amount of shots as Dragic, Shannon Brown, Michael Beasley, and Luis Scola, all of them average less points than Dragic; Beasley averages 11.1, Brown and Scola each averages 12.5. Goran Dragic averages 15 points per game on the season and he’s averaging about the same amount of shot attempts as those guys, so how do we fix this?

It’s easy to ask and it’s easy to do, shoot more shots Goran. Goran Dragic needs to become more of a Russell Westbrook type of point guard for the Suns to win, he’s the most talented player on the team, he’s the best play maker, best scorer, and arguably best shooter, this guy needs to take at least 15 shots a game.

Nov 30, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) brings the ball up the court against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Another thing that ticks me off is Dragic’s lack of minutes. According to John Hollinger, Dragic is currently ranked 4th among all point guards in estimated wins added which is ahead of guys like Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams and Kyrie Irving. Dragic should be logging 36 minutes a game like the rest of the other young stud point guards not 32.3.

The fact that Alvin Gentry takes minutes away from Dragic to give extra playing time to Sebastian Telfair is mind boggling. Dragic is playing on an average of 32.3 minutes per game while Sebstian Telfair is playing 18.6 minutes per game. Gentry has often played Dragic and Telfair together which is fine but for the most part Telfair plays the role of Dragic’s back-up instead of his running mate.

I’ll be honest, I’ve actually been surprised by how good Goran Dragic has been, despite the inconsistency trend. Dragic has proved thus far he deserved that big 30 million dollar contract he received from the Suns this past summer, however his numbers as a starter in Houston was more impressive than his current numbers despite the difference in minutes played. Dragic is one of the few things the Suns are excited about thus far but Dragic still has plenty of room to improve. Good news is? The potential is there.

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