Grading Goran Dragic's Strengths and Weaknesses with Phoenix Suns so Far

Roberto PayneContributor IJanuary 5, 2013

Goran Dragic has been the best Phoenix Sun so far this season
Goran Dragic has been the best Phoenix Sun so far this seasonChristian Petersen/Getty Images

Goran Dragic was signed to lead a young Phoenix Suns squad after the conclusion of the Steve Nash era.

While the team has floundered, Dragic is having a career year and has proven that he is capable of leading the team.

Dragic's per game averages of 14.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.9 RPG and 1.6 SPG have been exactly what the Suns needed from him.

However, even with his solid play, Dragic still has his strengths and weaknesses. 

Looking at his strengths, it's obvious Dragic relies both offensively and defensively on his quickness. On offense that quickness equates to initiating the fastbreak offense and blowing by defenders.

This is extremely important in a Phoenix offense predicated on fast breaking and trying to get easy scores before the defense is set.

On defense his quickness allows him to effectively guard the ball and gamble on steals. Guarding athletic point guards is not easy, but Dragic has the quickness to stay in front of most guards.

In addition to his quickness, Dragic is also a skilled passer.

That passing is his greatest asset to the Phoenix Suns as Dragic initiates the offense and fills the passing role vacated by Steve Nash.

Dragic has the ability to make all sorts of passes and is averaging 6.5 APG with subpar teammates.

Now, while Dragic has considerable strengths, he also has noticeable weaknesses.

Chief among those weaknesses is his tendency to pass up open shots.

Far too often Dragic overlooks an open shot and forces a pass to his less talented teammates. These plays lead to turnovers or low quality shots. Dragic does his team a disservice by passing up open shots.

Another one of Dragic's weaknesses is his lackluster free-throw shooting, and it's not like he's a bad shooter, so his 70.5 percent clip from the line is baffling.

Just last season he shot 80.5 percent from the free-throw line, which is proof he can hit free throws.

To me, it seems like this is a concentration problem because his form looks consistent. Really the only way to fix this is to keep practicing the same routine throughout practice.

So far this season, Goran Dragic has shown he has noticeable weaknesses and strengths.

It has not been an easy season for Suns fans but one thing is for certain—the team has found its point guard to build around.