Phoenix Suns Report Card: Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic (point guard)

Apr. 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin in the first quarter at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Season Averages: Season Averages: MIN: 33.5 |FG%: .443 |3P%: .319 |FT%: .748 |REB: 3.1|AST: 7.4|BLK: 0.3|STL 1.6|PTS: 14.7

Eric’s Comments:

Dragic had a really good year, especially after the all-star break. His numbers won’t wow you though because of the inefficiency and sub-par level of talent around him. He  averaged only 7.4 assists per game, because a pass that would have been an assist, wasn’t, because the person receiving the pass couldn’t finish the play with a bucket.

Also, he is forced to be a scoring point guard, due to the lack of a dominant post-scorer (other than Scola sometimes, but he is slightly past his prime and isn’t dominant like Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph of Memphis).

Dragic is the foundation of this Suns team. However, he shouldn’t be the go-to scorer. If we can draft or trade for a go-to-scorer or future superstar this team could be decent.

To me, it seems that each player is playing slightly more of a role than they should on a successful team. For example,Dragic should be the second-option on offense, sort of like Chris Paul with the Clippers when they aren’t feeding Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan down low. Jared Dudley and Wesley Johnson are great spot-up shooters, but their effectiveness is lessened when the defense can focus on them. P.J. Tucker can’t be your starting small forward with his limited offensive skills and above average (but not amazing defense), but the Suns had to have him starting over Michael Beasley. Tucker needs to be the seventh guy in the rotation to give defensive toughness and a spark of energy off the bench.

Overall, Dragic was the least of Phoenix’s problems this dismal season and is almost their only bright  spot for the future in terms of building blocks.

Grade: A

Matt’s Comments:

Goran Dragic’s second-half performance protected him as well as the Suns front office from serious criticism. Prior to the all-star break many Suns fans were grabbing the Dragon by the collar and were getting ready to throw him under the bus but fortunately for everyone, Dragic stepped up in a big way in the second-half of the season and lived up to that big contract he got from the Suns this past offseason.

All in all, Dragic’s stat line for the 2012-2013 NBA season was relatively unimpressive. 14.7 points, 7.4 assists, and just 32% shooting from downtown. Dragic struggled throughout the season with his long ball except during the months of November and April when he shot around 40% from downtown but looking at his three point percentages from all the other months, 29% in December, 24.5% in January, 29% in February, and 31% in March.

At this point it’s tough to be too excited about Dragic’s second half performance because of his first half performance. Keep in mind Suns fans that Dragic played at an even higher level during the games he started in during the second-half of the season when he was with the Rockets, and that play barely translated to the next season.

Grade: B

 

Topics: Basketball, Goran Dragic, NBA, Phoenix Suns, Sports

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