Phoenix Suns Need to Establish Clear Role for Goran Dragic

By Cody Williams
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The Phoenix Suns are in shambles after the 2012-2013 NBA season and they have no one to blame but themselves. They finished the year with the fourth worst record in the league and, truth be told, they looked worse than that for most of the year. Whether it’s a lack of superstar, players under-performing, or a lack of chemistry, the Suns are a team with a lot of problems.

The lone bright spot for their season was the relatively consistent play of their point guard, Goran Dragic. Dragic returned to Phoenix this season and was brought in, essentially, to be the replacement for Steve Nash at the lead of the Suns offense. Dragic was solid, but he’s got a long way to go to be on Nash’s level.

Dragic started and played in 77 games for the Suns this season and averaged 33.5 minutes per game. In that role he averaged 14.7 points, 7.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field and a sub-par 31.9 percent from three. He was solid, but by no means was he fantastic.

One thing that could really help Dragic moving forward is if the Suns would establish as clear role for Dragic moving forward. This past year it seemed to change on a game-by-game basis what Dragic was to this team. There were times where he would be looked to for his scoring and other times where he would be looked at to facilitate the offense for Phoenix.

Dragic is capable of putting up points and capable of distributing at an above average level, but the Suns need to consistently ask the same thing from him. This is a team that obviously lacked roles this season throughout their roster and lacked cohesion with their offense. Dragic wouldn’t fix all of those problems if he was given a consistent role, but more things would fall into place if that were to happen.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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