The NBA named Goran Dragic the Western Conference Player of the Week after the Phoenix Suns guard led his team to a 4-0 record from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2. Dragic averaged 26.8 points and 6.0 assists in that span, but most impressively, he did so while playing only 29.3 minutes per game.
Last week, the point guard shot 63.9 percent overall and hit 9-of-13 from three-point range. As of today, he’s shooting 50.5 percent on the season while averaging 20 points per game — he’s never averaged better than 47.2 percent and 14.7 points per game in any stint with the Suns or Rockets.
Following the Suns’ win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday, Dragic said he felt like he was back in Slovenia playing with his friends. Coach Jeff Hornacek said comfort, maturity and more confidence in Dragic’s shooting stroke has opened up the game for him.
“I was working a lot on my jump shot,” Dragic said of his improvement. “Back in Europe, I was so much faster than the other guys, I was always penetrating. I didn’t use my jump shot. When I came to the league, it was really tough to get to the basket. Now I’m feeling really comfortable with my shots.”
The honor is the second one given to a Phoenix player this season. Forward Markieff Morris won the award in November after putting together a very similar stretch of stunning efficiency.
Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry won the award in the Eastern Conference after averaging 25 points and eight rebounds per game, joining Dragic as a possible snub to the All-Star selections for 2014.