When Goran Dragic came in the NBA in 2008, he was brought in by Phoenix Suns with the reason to be a reserve point guard for Suns star Steve Nash. But after the rough start, he even lost the back-up spot for a little while.
A lot of experts thought that he won't last long in the NBA, especially after bad rookie season for him and also for the Suns. But Dragic already proved them wrong in 2010 playoffs, scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter against rival San Antonio Spurs.
That was the best way for Dragic to introduce himself, and show what a point guard from Slovenia can really do.
After struggling through the first part of the 2010-11 season, Dragic was traded to the Houston Rockets as he didn't thrive to the expectations of the Phoenix's front office.
After some glimpses of what he can really do on the court in the first season with the Rockets, he exploded in the second half of the second season with Houston and finished the season with 11.7 points per game and also 5.3 assists per game, along with 1.3 steals.
He also earned a Western Conference player of the week in this season, for the first time in his career.
Dragic became free agent in 2012 and decided to return to Phoenix Suns, signing a big contract worth $30m. Along with that, he was also offered the starting point guard role, something he was striving for.
Despite bad season for the Suns franchise, Dragic made a huge step forward in 2012-2013 season, as he finished this season with career highs in points (14.7), rebounds (3.2), assists (7.4) and steals (1.6).
Goran Dragic came into this season with a lot of confidence after a great plays at 2013 EuroBasket in his home country of Slovenia. Dragic is currently averaging 20.4 points per game with six assists and 3.2 rebounds.
He became the real leader of the Suns, and is able to adjust to different styles of team plays. He can share the ball at one spot with Eric Bledsoe, or running the point with Gerald Green playing two-guard.
Dragic also played a part in this year's All-Star Weekend. He wasn't able to make the All-Star team, but he was invited to participate in Taco Bell Skills Challenge, where he did pretty good.
A lot of people are saying he is the leading candidate for Most Improve Player of the Year award, and they couldn't be more right. With the numbers and his game in all raising to a whole another level, Goran definitely deserves to be awarded for all his hard work.
The Phoenix Suns were expected to repeat last season with being one of the worst teams in the NBA. But with one month left in the regular season, the Suns are still battling for the Playoffs spot, and Dragic is the biggest reason why.
They are currently ninth (39-29) in the very powerful Western Conference, and are battling with Dallas (41-28) and Memphis (40-27) for the seventh and eighth seed.
For comparison, if Phoenix would be competing in the Western conference, they would be seeded third at the moment, with Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls battling for a better Playoffs spot.
Dragic has maintained his great form for a couple of seasons now, and has taken it to a new level in 2013.
He really established himself as a starting point guard in the NBA, and also showed he can compete with best point guards in the business. We can certainly expect some All-Star invites in the coming years.
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