Goran Dragić in his first stint with the Phoenix Suns
|No. 1 – Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
6 May 1986 |
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|Pro playing career||2003–present|
|2003–2004||Ilirija Ljubljana (Slovenia)|
|2004–2006||KD Slovan (Slovenia)|
|2006–2007||CB Murcia (Spain)|
|2007–2008||Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)|
|2011||Saski Baskonia (Spain)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Goran Dragić (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Драгић; born May 6, 1986) is a Slovenian professional basketball guard with the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Dragić is 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) in height and weighs 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st). He plays at both the point guard and shooting guard positions. He signed with the Phoenix Suns of the NBA on September 22, 2008. On February 24, 2011 the Suns traded Dragić to the Houston Rockets with a first round lottery protected draft pick for point guard Aaron Brooks. However, Dragić decided to return to the Suns during the 2012 NBA free agency period.
- 1 Pro career
- 2 Slovenian national basketball team
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Awards and accomplishments
- 5 NBA career statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Dragić began his professional career in the year 2003 at the age of 17 with the Slovenian 2D League club Ilirija Ljubljana. He played there for one year before transferring to the Slovenian Premier A League and Adriatic League club KD Slovan in 2004. After spending two years with Slovan, he transferred to the Spanish ACB club Baskonia, who loaned him to club CB Murcia in 2006.
Dragić joined the Slovenian League, Adriatic League and Euroleague club Olimpija Ljubljana in the year 2007, and he played there for one year, during the 2007-08 season, winning the Slovenian League championship with them.
Dragić entered the 2008 NBA Draft, where he was selected in the second round, 45th overall, by the San Antonio Spurs. His draft rights were then traded to the Phoenix Suns. After the Suns finished a deal with TAU Ceramica (now known as Caja Laboral), with whom he was under contract, they officially signed him on September 22, 2008. The Suns hoped that he would take over the starting point guard position after Steve Nash relinquished it. On January 25, 2010, Dragić scored a career high 32 points, hitting 6 of 7 three-pointers in a losing effort against the Utah Jazz.
On May 7, 2010, during game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, he led a Phoenix Suns comeback against the team that originally drafted him, the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 23 of his total 26 points in the fourth quarter. Dragić scored his points on 10/13 FG attempts including 5/5 three-pointers and a 4 point play, as the Suns overcame an early 18-point deficit to defeat the Spurs 110-96 and take a 3-0 lead in their best of seven series in the Western Conference Semifinals. "I think it's safe to say that may have been the best fourth-quarter performance I have ever seen in a playoff game," Suns forward Grant Hill said.
During the Phoenix Suns 2010 NBA Western Conference Finals playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers, Goran Dragić got into a verbal feud and brief altercation with his Slovenian National Teammate Sasha Vujačić.
On February 24, 2011, at the NBA Trade Deadline, Dragić was traded to the Houston Rockets along with the lottery protected first round pick Phoenix received in an earlier trade with the Orlando Magic in exchange for Aaron Brooks.
Dragić notched his first career NBA triple-double on April 13, 2011 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. In 45 minutes Dragić had 11 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds. Dragić also blocked a shot in the Rockets' blowout win.
2011 NBA Lockout
During the 2011 NBA lockout he signed with Baskonia in Spain. He played for a brief period of time there until the lockout ended. On the afternoon of December 8, 2011, the day before the 2011 NBA lockout ended and players could move between teams, the Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets agreed to a trade that would have sent Dragić, along with Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Lamar Odom to New Orleans. In exchange, the Rockets would have received Pau Gasol, and the Lakers would have received star point guard Chris Paul. That night, after other team owners voiced their opposition, league commissioner David Stern nullified the trade.
Return to the NBA
Return to Houston
Dragić returned to the Rockets after the lockout ended. In March 2012, he filled in for Kyle Lowry, who was out with a bacterial infection. On April 9, 2012, Dragić would go on to win the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played between April 2 and April 8, 2012.
Return to Phoenix
In 2012, Dragić became an unrestricted free agent. He agreed to sign a 4 year, $30 million deal with a player option on the final year with the Phoenix Suns and officially became a member of the team again on July 19, 2012. He was brought in to replace Steve Nash, whom he played behind during his first stint with the Suns, as starting point guard. On February 19, 2013, Dragić recorded a career-high 18 assists to go with 14 points as the Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 102-98. Dragić nearly recorded a triple-double against the Brooklyn Nets with 31 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds on March 24, 2013. Despite suffering through a 25-57 season, Dragić ended up gaining some career high moments in the process.
After getting Eric Bledsoe from a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Suns decided to move Dragić to the shooting guard position as a means of putting less pressure on Dragić to distribute the ball to his teammates. In his first game playing with Eric as a teammate, Dragić would lead the team with 26 points and 9 assists in a 104-91 season opening victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Slovenian national basketball team
Junior national team
Dragić won the gold medal at the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship with the Slovenian junior national team. He also played at the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.
Senior national team
Dragić competed with the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and the 2007 European Championship in limited roles. Dragić's role with the Slovenian national basketball team began to increase in the 2009 European Championship and the 2010 FIBA World Championship. He then played with his brother Zoran in the 2011 European Championship and the 2013 European Championship, the latter held in Slovenia. During the 2013 tournament, Goran and his brother helped lead Slovenia to a 5th place finish and a spot in the 2014 FIBA World Championship. Goran finished in the 2013 European Championship's top five in points and assists, which earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Dragić was born to a Slovenian mother and a Serbian father. He grew up in Slovenia playing soccer. However, an injury forced him to switch sports. As a child in Europe, he admired NBA players Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and former teammate Steve Nash, and woke up at 3 in the morning to watch NBA games. He is fluent in Slovenian, Serbian, Spanish, and English. Dragić has a younger brother, Zoran, who also plays professional basketball. Zoran was named to the Houston Rockets' 2012 Summer League team.
Awards and accomplishments
- Won the gold medal at the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship (2004)
- Slovenian League Rookie of the Year (2005)
- Slovenian League All-Star (2006)
- Winner of the Borislav Stanković Tournament (2007, 2010)
- Won the Slovenian League national championship (2008)
- Won the MVP award for the Boris Stanković Tournament (2010)
- Named Western Conference Player of the Week, 4/2-4/8 (2012)
- Member of the 2013 EuroBasket All–Tournament Team
NBA career statistics
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- Suns sign Goran Dragic. Phoenix Suns, September 22, 2008.
- New Suns may play tonight.
- Utah Jazz: Little-known Dragic enjoys career night for Suns.
- Dragic, Suns' bench eclipse San Antonio, ESPN
- "Phoenix Suns trade Goran Dragic for Aaron Brooks from Houston Rockets". azcentral.com. Retrieved 2011-08-25.
- "Rockets trade Battier, Brooks in separate deals". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-08-25.
- Caja Laboral tabs guard Dragić
- Wojnarowski, Adrian (December 9, 2011). "Teams still pushing for Paul trade". Yahoo! Sports.
- Rockets' Dragic, Heat's James named Players of the Week
- Sources: Goran Dragić Contract, Salaries, and Transactions
- Suns Spot | One-on-One with El Dragón
- NBA.com playerfile
- Dragić vzel le en prost dan, da se je oženil
- Sloveniji bo zdaj poveljeval poročeni Dragić
- Defense has helped the Suns become the NBA’s surprise team
- "Rockets' Dragić, Heat's James named Players of the Week". Retrieved 10 April 2012.
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