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5 Reasons Why Goran Dragic Deserved 2014 Most Improved Player Award

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5 Reasons Why Goran Dragic Deserved 2014 Most Improved Player Award

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Today the 2014 NBA Most Improved Player Awarded was designated to the Phoenix Suns' Goran Dragic. Most presumed this award was going to Dragic, so it was no shock when the announcement was made. This award was most deserved by Dragic for many reasons, and I will address five reasons why he earned this award.

5. Notable Statistics

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5. Notable Statistics

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Goran Dragic was the only NBA player this year to shoot at least 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point territory. He also smashed his career average of 9.5 points per game by averaging 20.3 points per game this season.

4. Raised Level Of Teammates

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4. Raised Level Of Teammates

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Goran Dragic's teammates have seen the benefit of their point guard's improvement this season. Teammates like Gerald Green, who was also nominated for the award, have been able to play at a higher level because of Dragic's abilities this season.

3. Improved Phoenix Suns

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3. Improved Phoenix Suns

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The Phoenix Suns were one game shy of making the playoffs this year, which is a drastic improvement from last season. They were also 23 games better this season which can be directly attributed to Dragic's leadership on the court.

2. Constant Improvement

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2. Constant Improvement

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The consistency in which Goran Dragic had improved over his career has warranted this award. His point per game production has noticeably increased over the years.

1. Definition of Award

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1. Definition of Award

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The award could not have gone to a more reputable player. Goran Dragic embodies the meaning of the award by his will to improve and tireless effort on the court. Not only has he improved himself, but the supporting cast and organization has also been lifted by his efforts this season.