In a season that had its fair share of ups and downs, Goran Dragić was the steady presence that Miami needed. For starters, the veteran point guard led the team in points (20.3) and assists (5.8) per game and also shot 40.5 percent from downtown. What’s more, he ranked third in the league in drives per contest (11.9).
That said, Dragić’s impact went way beyond the numbers. Throughout the year, the Slovenian attacked the basket, put pressure on the defense and either finished for himself or set up his teammates. Because of that, the HEAT had one of the best offensive seasons in franchise history. In addition to scoring at least 100 points in a franchise-best 16 straight games from Jan. 21 – Feb. 25, Miami also set a team record with 808 made 3-pointers.
As usual, Dragić played his best when the pressure was at its highest. For proof of that, all you have to do is look at his performances in playoff-like games against both the Pistons and Hornets at the end of the regular season. Whether he was getting into the paint, knocking down big shots from the perimeter or competing hard on the defensive end, he simply did whatever it took to earn the win.
That kind of fire is what makes the 31-year-old so special.
They Said It (Quote):
“The reason for [my growth this season] was just to feel comfortable. This place feels like home now. I don’t have any other distractions outside the court. I’m just thinking about basketball. And of course, the summer was really important for me, you know? I really work on my game, especially on my body, try to be in the best shape of my life. I think that I accomplished that.” – Dragić on his career season
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