Now that he will have 7-foot-1 center Alex Len in his lineup, Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic should have some fun at the guard spot next season.
He’s had fun in previous years, but with a big, creative guy like Len in the middle, Dragic could help contribute to the Phoenix defense even more.
The Suns considered the fact that their perimeter shooters and forwards could get the job done and brought in Len via the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft last week to try to finish things off with a big physical presence in the middle.
Dragic had a strong season for Phoenix last year, but the Suns were well under .500 and a long way from being a playoff contender. But management, by drafting Len, sent a clear signal to players like Dragic that they’re trying to put the pieces together to have a competitive team. It’s up to the other players to take part in this and help the Suns be competitive. It will take time, but it can be done.
Dragic, at 6-3, handles himself very well as a guard. Last season, he averaged 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 7.84 assists per game. He obviously likes to pass the ball for assists and that should make him a good combination with Len.
But Len was also brought to Phoenix to help the Suns improve dramatically on defense. Dragic should take the hint, as should the rest of his teammates, that if Len is going to focus on being a top notch defensive player, then so should they.