Why Goran Dragic Is Embracing the Chance to Take over for the Legendary Nash

Danny DukkerCorrespondent IISeptember 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06:  Goran Dragic #3 of the Houston Rockets heads to the basket past Ramon Sessions #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 112-107 Rockets win at Staples Center on April 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Phoenix Suns just went through a very interesting offseason. They lost their best player, and yet are a better team than they were last year.

The player I'm talking about is of course Steve Nash, and the man in charge of replacing him is his former backup, Goran Dragic.

Dragic actually agreed to take less money in order to play in Phoenix, and that was due to his strong desire to return to his former team.

Why would Dragic want to replace one of the best players in franchise history? Well, it's all about evolution.

Suns fans remember Dragic as a young, foreign bench player who seemed timid, and not ready for the spotlight. Two years have passed, and things have really changed.

Dragic is coming from Houston a different player. He proved himself last year, and he is ready for the big time.

Coming back to where he first started his career as the starting point guard and the leader seems like the perfect scenario. Also, let's not forget that Nash could never lead the Suns a to a title.

Can you imagine if Dragic could accomplish the feat his mentor couldn't? I am not saying the Suns are championship contenders, but I have to think that the trophy is lurking somewhere in the back of Dragic's mind.

I see Dragic surprising a lot of people with how he plays this season. He will be determined and ready to win.

Will that lead to some more wins for the team? We will have to see about that.

Phoenix doesn't exactly have a powerhouse roster, but Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said it best

"We want to compete for championships every year, but you have to recognize there's a process,"

That's exactly right. Ideally, the Suns would be winning every single year, but it takes time to build a winner.

Phoenix is making an effort though, and their new additions in Dragic, Michael Beasley and Luis Scola are all the proof we need of that.

However, let us not the forget the man heading the charge. Goran Dragic is the new face of the team, and if the Suns make the playoffs, trust that it's going to be because of him.