By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on August 31, 2014
Goran Dragic became an important part of the Suns' future last season with his All-NBA performance. Here are five ways he can take his game to the next level this upcoming season:
Dragic is pretty good at getting into the lane, but if he could improve his strength in terms of finishing through contact, Dragic could put even more points on the board. He is good at drawing fouls, but not the greatest at getting that bucket with the extra opportunity.
Dragic was deadly when he ran the pick-and-roll offense with the Suns last season. Dragic should look to take advantage of it and run it even more this upcoming season, as it gives him options in terms of what to do offensively, and when he has options, look out NBA.
Dragic has become an excellent player, but now he needs to be an excellent leader in order for the Suns to take that next step. If Dragic can be more vocal and lead his teammates in a positive direction, then it will only help his confidence and make him an even better player.
Dragic has a full array of scoring moves, from his finishes in the lane to his pull-up and step-back jump shots. Dragic has become a proven scorer in the league, and even though he is also a quality passer, Dragic should look to take more quality shots when he has them as opposed to making the pass. Dragic can be a star in this league, and it is OK for him to believe it too.
Dragic needs to continue to work on his defense. If Eric Bledsoe is traded from the team in a sign-and-trade deal, then Dragic will need to be the main man on defense at the point for the Suns. If Dragic wants to take his game to another level, then becoming a lockdown defender would surely accomplish that.
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