At times, PG Goran Dragic looks like he is the lefty version of Mark Price. Jump shot? Check. Defensive intensity? Check. Court vision? You bet!
Inconsistency was an issue early in his career, but Dragic has been the focal point on a Phoenix Suns team that has been looking up at mediocrity for the better part of three years. There has been talk of the Suns shopping Dragic around in the offseason. That talk only intensified with the addition of PG Eric Bledsoe. For now, the duo has been sharing the spotlight with each other, complimenting the each other’s strengths and helping hide weaknesses.
Though quick in his own right, Dragic isn’t nearly as fast as Bledsoe. Where Bledsoe is streaky with his outside shot, Dragic has a far more consistent stroke. Each of the guards is giving up at least three inches to the average shooting guard on a night-to-night basis and that will certainly be an issue when the more powerful guards come to town, but it may not be as big a problem as one might think.
This is especially true if Phoenix is allowed to get out and run, and Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek knows quite a bit about that style of play. Can you imagine chasing these guys around all night long? Just pick how you want to be punished. Do you want a crossover, step-back three? Guard Dragic. Want to get blown by so fast that you feel the warm Arizona breeze on your face? Guard Bledsoe.
Dragic is the craftier of the two in distributing the ball as well. While it is still quite possible to see Goran being shipped off to another team some time soon, Phoenix fans can at least enjoy the helter-skelter backcourt of Bledsoe and Dragic while they can. At least it’ll be fun to watch. They’re currently averaging 35 points and 12 assists between them — not too shabby for most backcourts.
Ricardo A. Hazell is a freelance writer for Rant Sports based in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter at NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google Plus.