Goran Dragic is the starting point guard for the Miami Heat, the 6’3” Slovenian was dealt to Miami via trade. The Heat have been in a rebuilding stage since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade left in free agency and Chris Bosh having severe health concerns. The Heat spent all their money on the big three and were able to filter other players in cheaply. Once those three left, no one was really there to take lead. The Heat had rookies Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson who were surprising contributors. They have both grown into their roles and are looking like future stars. Hassan Whiteside has become a well-known center, but still, has plenty of room to grow before he becomes a true leader on this team. Deion Waiters grew into a leadership role last season and was able to hit a lot of big shots late in games to give Miami wins, but the Heat are still needing that true veteran leadership.
Goran Dragic spent this past summer playing for his home country Slovenia in the EuroBasket Tournament. He led them to the Championship game and won their first ever EuroBasket Tournament. Dragic won MVP of the tournament and had an outstanding performance in the Championship game scoring 35 points, seven rebounds, and dealing three assists.
Dragic will be given some extra time to rest for the upcoming NBA season. I expect Dragic’s promising performance from the summer to carry over into the NBA. I am sure he will come out strong in the beginning of the season because he’s already up to speed and in rhythm. As the season goes on it should be expected from Erik Spoelstra to give Dragic a couple of games to rest and prepare for the later half of the year.
Dragic has played with the heat for the past two seasons and this upcoming season will be his third. He has played over 70 games per season going back to the 2011-12 season. Last year Dragic averaged 33 minutes of playing time, with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds. Those numbers do not particularly stand out, but with the performance from the summer, I expect Dragic to take more of that leadership role. His confidence is on the rise coming into the season, which is great because Miami is starting to shape their team. Finding out who they are and what they are capable of doing. With Dragic being the veteran of the team he needs take the lead, the Heat are young but also talented. They barely missed the playoffs last season but this year they will be motivated to prove they deserve a playoff spot.
Miami added some talent this offseason and look to improve, this group of players has a whole season of playing together under their belt and I expect their chemistry to rise. With Dragic transitioning his play from the summer, I can see the Miami Heat making some noise this season.
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