By Cian Lynch @CianL1 on April 18, 2014
Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic had a career year this past season and is the most deserving player of the 2014 NBA Most Improved Player Award. Through his work ethic and scoring, Dragic led the Suns to a .585 win percentage, unfortunately missing the playoffs by just one game. Dragic improved his game tremendously from last season, and here are five reasons why he is the NBA's Most Improved Player of 2014.
The Phoenix Suns were the NBA's most improved team from last season to this season, speaking in terms of wins. The Suns were last place in the Western Conference last season, winning only 25 games. The Suns won 48 games this season, 23 more than last season, and Goran Dragic was the driving force behind it all.
Jeff Hornacek just coached his first season in the NBA. While he did a great job with the Suns, there are always growing pains with first-year coaches. Dragic did not have an experienced head coach to turn to when games got tough which makes the phenomenal season he had even more impressive.
Dragic had an amazing season from any perspective you look at it, statistically or not. He was the Suns' point guard as well as their go-to scorer. He led the team in points and assists. He averaged over 20 points per game, shot 50% from the field and 40% from 3-point land. Dragic is only the sixth player to achieve this, joining his head coach Jeff Hornacek, Drazen Petrovic, Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James and Kevin Durant in this prestigious club.
Dragic was snubbed from the Western Conference All-Star team amidst a career year. He set records and played hard every game, offensively and defensively. The NBA and its fans have to show respect for Dragic's historic performance because otherwise history is bring disrespected. If not an All-Star selection, Dragic at least deserves the Most Improved Player award.
Dragic played hard all season. His shooting guard counterpart Eric Bledsoe missed half the season. It's been reported that Dragic played the last few games of the season with a sprained ankle. Dragic left his heart on the floor without key teammates and risked further injuries so his team could make the playoffs. Sadly, the Suns didn't make the playoffs, but Goran Dragic can still be given the respect he deserves by receiving this award.
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