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    Goran Dragic is one of the most underrated player in the NBA

    Goran Dragic‘s nickname is “The Dragon,” but over the past few months, you wouldn’t know it based on how many times he’s been referred to as “the lone bright spot of the Suns’ season.” Dragic hasn’t really garnered any national attention as a superstar, but he’s easily identifiable as a key component in Phoenix’s ongoing rebuilding process and the flashes of brilliance he showed throughout the year prevented many a Suns fan from crossing over from the realm of the semi-depressed into reading-books-that-may-or-may-not-be-titled-”Don’t jump!” territory. With one of the best-kept secrets in the NBA somewhat rotting away down in the Valley of the Sun, Dragic’s is certainly one of those underrated players that anyone familiar with Suns basketball can appreciate. But does that make him the best value in the NBA?

    To put it simply, not really. Phoenix signed Dragic to a four-year, $30 million deal last summer and his salary for this season ($7.5 million) made him the highest-paid player on the Suns. But that’s not to say he doesn’t have value. The Dragon led the Suns in scoring, assists and steals this year, putting up career bests of 14.7 points, 7.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. He didn’t exactly replace the beloved hero before him, but anyone who doubts what Dragic can do should keep in mind that even future Hall of Famer Steve Nash didn’t show significant improvement until his fifth year in the league, averaging 15.6 points, 7.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and one steal per game. If those numbers look remarkably similar, it’s because they are. And guess how many years Dragic has been in the league? Five.

    Possibly the best part of watching Dragic play is seeing him do something cool and knowing that this guy has plenty of potential as he continues to grow accustomed to a starting role. He still has some learning to do if he ever wants to be a pick-and-roll master like Nash, but he’s definitely picked up a thing or two from his old mentor in screen situations. Watch here as he doesn’t panic when the defense collapses, perfectly manipulating the defense with temporary indecision until Marcin Gortat is freed up just enough for him to throw him a nice little alley-oop.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHpso...layer_embedded

    A lot of people believe that basketball should adopt the second-assist rule, such as they have in hockey, because sometimes the ball movement is just too good for the credit of the assist to go to just one person. Goran Dragic would probably average somewhere around 15 assists per game if the hockey assist ever became a basketball reality, because it’s his smart ball rotation that often leads to wide-open looks for his teammates on the perimeter. I can’t count how many times Dragic has skipped the ball across the court to an open perimeter player for him to zip it into the corner when the defense rotates for a wide open 3. But since hockey assists aren’t that easy to find evidence of on the Internet at this time, take a look at the night the Suns dropped 17 3s on the Charlotte Bobcats and how many of them came out of Goran Dragic (made or assisted on).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I-oq...layer_embedded

    Dragic’s defense is a little suspect at times because he is usually overpowered by bigger or quicker guards. But that’s not to say he isn’t clever on the defensive end and he certainly gets his fair share of weak-side steals. And in his defense, despite being so undersized, Dragic showed a lot of improvement on the defensive end, which makes him about one of three players in the Suns organization who can say the same. But the most marketable and entertaining part of the Dragon’s game is when he gets out on the fast break and attacks the basket. Despite being smaller and lighter, I can say with confidence that Dragic is one of the best finishers at the basket in the entire league. If you want some examples, see what he did to Los Angeles back in 2010 in the Western Conference Finals or this nifty little finish here. But my favorite example is from this past year, when Dragic elicited a reaction from the zombie crowd at Staples Center.



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    I know Dragic is probably unknown among many NBA fans so I thought I'll share this.

    Only Paul, Westbrook and Jrue Holiday bested Dragic in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Of those players, it was Dragic who had the second-best field-goal percentage (.443) and the second-fewest turnovers (212).

    If you look at Dragic after the All-Star break, Dragic raised his numbers to 16.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. The only player to average that for the entire 2012-13 season was Paul.

    I think now that we have Bledsoe, Goran will play more off ball and that should increase his stat line even more.

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    He seems to not get a fair shake. Didnt like the addition of Bledsoe. Let him run the show and be a pg. Pair him with a real sg.

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    its probably because he plays for the suns and the suns were a very bad team past season and because of that nobody realy payed much attention to them or the suns. dunno about the rocket years though (he played for the rockets earlier right?)

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    He probably doesn't quite get a fair shake because how bad Phoenix has gotten. I'm not sure how people rate him though. I'd imagine I'd rank him somewhere around 13-17 in terms of PGs. Probably right around where I'd rank Bledsoe, George Hill, Jrue Holiday etc.

    I'm not sure he's any worse than Holiday, for example. But everyone is on his nuts and no one talks about Dragic. Dragic runs laps around Holiday offensively (it does tighten up because of defense)
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    yes,yes he is.but thats what happens when you play on a losing team,the bright spots usually get overlooked

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManRamForPrez24 View Post
    He probably doesn't quite get a fair shake because how bad Phoenix has gotten. I'm not sure how people rate him though. I'd imagine I'd rank him somewhere around 13-17 in terms of PGs. Probably right around where I'd rank Bledsoe, George Hill, Jrue Holiday etc.

    I'm not sure he's any worse than Holiday, for example. But everyone is on his nuts and no one talks about Dragic. Dragic runs laps around Holiday offensively (it does tighten up because of defense)
    How can you rank Bledsoe and Dragic in the same category when we have yet to see what Bledsoe will even look like as a starter and while Dragic is already a starter?

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    I always think of this when someone mentions Dragic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jgl1iotLKI

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    I love Dragic. I think his ability to play off the ball and defense makes him very valuable. If Dragic was on a better team he would definitely get more love. The Rockets should've kept him over Lin. Dragic fits better with Howard and Harden.
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    What is the status of Bledsoe? Starter or bench player

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    Crazy to think that people actually though Lin's contract was a bargain compared to Dragic's

    http://www.capitalnewyork.com/articl...ragic-standard

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    Goran Dragic is one of the most underrated player in the NBA

    He is very good, def a top 20 pg in the league. (That's saying something in the golden age of pg) and his size presents problems




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    Most NBA fans don't know a single player outside of the ones NBA markets at All Star Games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsfan88 View Post
    How can you rank Bledsoe and Dragic in the same category when we have yet to see what Bledsoe will even look like as a starter and while Dragic is already a starter?
    That's fair. It could be a bit of a unknown. I'm really high on Bledsoe. I feel comfortable in what I believe he will/can do as a starter based on what we've already seen from him. But yeah, I'd rate Dragic higher at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uptown0364 View Post
    I always think of this when someone mentions Dragic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jgl1iotLKI
    I always think of this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSxThIGIB7g

    or this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkDT-2Q52h8

    and DEFINITELY THIS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLWjQ7nZTkI

    (broke MJ's record for most points scored ever in a quarter of a playoff game)

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    I'm looking forward to seeing Dragic play more as a SG with Bledsoe handling the PG duties. Whilst Dragic is a great passer, I don't like him as the primary ball handler and decision maker. Also, I think he is a better spot-up shooter than having to create his own shot.

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