The results are in, and Goran Dragic is your 2013-14 NBA Most Improved Player. Does he deserve the award? Absolutely. That’s pretty clear after taking one look at the top vote-getters on this year’s ballot.
Player Name – Number of first place votes:
Goran Dragic – 65
Lance Stephenson – 13
Anthony Davis – 16
Gerald Green – 16
DeAndre Jordan – 4
As you can see, Dragic won the award in a landslide victory. That’ll happen when you lead your team to the biggest turnaround in the NBA this season, as well as boost your PPG average about six points.
In total, Dragic averaged a career-high 20.3 PPG, while dishing out nearly six assists per contest. If you’re a PG in the NBA averaging 20 and six, you’re doing something right.
Suns fans are hoping that this is just the beginning of things to come. Dragic is under contract for two more seasons and the team grew by leaps and bounds this year, even though no one projected they’d get as close to the playoffs as they did.
Phoenix has a proven court general that it can now rely on. Seasons like the one the 27-year old just had are career-changing. His confidence will be at an all-time high next season, right as he’s entering his physical prime.
It’s now a matter of what pieces are put around Dragic. The Western Conference is tough to say the least and even if the Suns had squeaked into the postseason this year, they would have likely been a first round exit.
But for a team that was 25-57 just a year ago, 2013-14 was a huge step in the right direction.