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When Dragic gets into the lane, he's one of the best finishers in the game.
The Phoenix Suns have been an utter mess on the court this season, but at least Goran Dragic's play can give fans something to smile about.
Though the Suns boast the second-worst offense in the NBA at just 101.1 points per 100 possessions (per Basketball-Reference), it's hard to put any of that on Dragic's shoulders. Despite the Suns' relative lack of offensive talent and curious offensive scheme, Dragic is averaging 15 points and seven assists per game and has put up some monster lines as of late.
Just last month, the Suns' guard posted six double-doubles, including a herculean near-triple-double (31 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds) against the Brooklyn Nets. And he's doing this stuff with defenses totally, 100 percent gearing toward stopping him night after night.
Dragic isn't the shooter that Steve Nash was (he hits just 31 percent from downtown), but he's far more difficult to keep out of the lane. He's nearly doubling the number of shots Nash took at the rim last year (3.5 per game to 1.7 per game via HoopData). He also has all sorts of creative shots when he gets to the paint, including a nifty floater and twisting layups with weird spins that always seem to drop in.
Oh, and he's a gifted passer in the open floor. Other than all of that, there's not much to see, though.
Dragic has his flaws, of course. For example, he's taking almost four three-pointers per game (via HoopData) despite his poor shooting touch from outside. And part of the Suns' offensive problem is that Dragic hasn't been able to build the pick-and-roll chemistry with Marcin Gortat that Nash once had.
But he's still performed admirably in filling some pretty big shoes and has been a blast to watch during a rough season.