Ranking Goran Dragic's Best Moments for the Phoenix Suns This Season
The Dragon has returned and he is the leader of the 2012-13 Phoenix Suns squad.
Goran Dragic was signed to replace Steve Nash this offseason, and he has not disappointed, as he attempts to turn the page on to a new era of Phoenix Suns basketball.
While the season has not been successful from a team perspective, the same can't be said for the individual game of Dragic.
He's had some truly memorable moments this season; moments that are even more important in a season that has been difficult for fans and players alike.
For now, let's focus on the positives of what has been Goran Dragic's coming out party. Here are the point guard's top four moments, thus far, from the 2012-13 season.
*All statistics used in this article are accurate as of 1/10/13*
4. His 21-11-3 Game Against the Charlotte Bobcats
The Phoenix Suns took on the Charlotte Bobcats on December 19 in Phoenix, and Goran Dragic put on a show for the home crowd.
Dragic's stat-line of 21 points, 11 assists, three rebounds, and four made three-pointers was extremely impressive. It was easily one of his best games of the season.
A good amount of those 11 assists went to teammate Shannon Brown, who had a season high 26 points.
The Suns took care of the Bobcats rather easily, and Dragic was a huge part of that with his double-digit assists and scoring numbers.
3. Behind-the-Back Move Against the Los Angeles Lakers
The Phoenix Suns have struggled with consistency all season but had a chance for a big win against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on November 16.
While the Suns didn't pull out the win against the Lakers, Goran Dragic found himself on highlight tapes all over the country with this behind-the-back move against Laker guard Darius Morris.
In one fluid motion, Dragic put the ball behind his back, fooled Morris and made the layup.
The most impressive thing about the play was how Dragic made the move while going full speed.
Trust me folks, it's not easy to do, and Dragic made it look simple, along with drawing many "oohs and aahs" from the Laker crowd.
2. The Return to Phoenix for the Dragon
As most of you know, this is Goran Dragic's second stint with the Phoenix Suns.
Dragic was a Phoenix Sun for the first 2.5 years of his career before being traded to the Houston Rockets during the 2010-11 season.
Dragic stayed with the Rockets for one more year before rejoining the Suns as a free agent this offseason.
Aside from signing Deron Williams, Phoenix made the best free agent point guard signing that they could have made this offseason, mostly because of the spot that Dragic holds in the hearts of many Suns fans.
The Dragon was incredibly popular as the backup behind Steve Nash, and the fan base was extremely excited to see his return to the desert.
His popularity is still intact in Phoenix and he's one of the few players on this team with any bit of marketability.
1. Game Winning Shot over the Memphis Grizzlies
The Phoenix Suns had lost seven straight games and the already frustrating season was about to take a turn in the wrong direction.
In this December 12 matchup, the Memphis Grizzlies took a three point lead at halftime and the second half was truly a battle.
Both teams traded baskets throughout the second half, with the game coming down to the wire.
Tied at 80, the Suns inbounded the ball to Goran Dragic with 7.7 seconds on the court.
Dragic twisted and turned through the Memphis defense and found himself stuck by the baseline with Memphis center Marc Gasol guarding him.
Merely seconds remained once Dragic put Gasol through a spin cycle and hit a tough layup over the outstretched arm of the 7'1" Spaniard with 0.5 seconds remaining.
The seven-game losing streak was over, and Goran Dragic provided one of the more memorable moments of the season for the Phoenix Suns.