Goran Dragic named Western Conference Player of the Week

Posted by on February 3rd, 1:27 pm

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.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Foreveris2long // Feb 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    So deserving. This should be the final piece of evidence needed to name him to the Allstar game. This is not that complicated.

  • 2 vtsunrise // Feb 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I think I could explain this one to a 3 year old. Dragic is putting the league on notice that he’s only warming up.

  • 3 BUTLER // Feb 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Nash and Kerr must be proud.

  • 4 CDR // Feb 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Goran Dragic is beasting. The Suns have themself a staple on both sides of the floor.

  • 5 Al // Feb 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I bet some laker fans are probably thinking they can get dragic a first round pick plus okafor for Pau…Dragic is the heart of this team and succesor of the othe great pgs that came before him. Bledsoe is not…

  • 6 VK1 // Feb 3, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    In November people here were trading Dragic at the beginning of the season along with Frye, etc.

    Keep playing your heart out…Dragon!!! Go Suns…trade with LA, I mean Beat LA.

  • 7 Scott // Feb 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Next year Dragic will be an All-Star, health permitting.

  • 8 Curt // Feb 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Laker fans are whack if they think they can pencil in Dragic or Bledsoe into any potential Gasol trade. They think they can cut out the heart of this Suns team just because they are entitled? We gave them the best karma by giving them Nash and picks, see how that worked out for them? Payback is a bi-acth, isn’t it?

    Unfortunately, the new Commish will play the political game and award Kobe’s spot to Davis. He wants to start his tenure on good footing at the ASG.

  • 9 john // Feb 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    WCPotW = All-Star.

    I think they’ll give it to Davis since the game is in NO (and Davis is far more deserving than the likes of Dirk and Howard in the first place), but Goran should be the pick, imo.

  • 10 Dave:f32 // Feb 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I dont mind seeing Bledsoe gone if we can get good return like a draft pick or Xavier Henry

  • 11 HollyJames // Feb 3, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Dragic and Lowry get player of the week instead of the ASG?

  • 12 BCrayZ // Feb 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    @Butler – I agree with you on this.

    Trading the Spurs for Gogi was the best move Kerr made. Kudos to Kerr & special kudos to you Gogi.

    Turning Frye into a stretch 4 was also a good idea. Nash & Kerr must also be happy to see him return healthy & productive this year. Finally, they must also be tickled pink about the return of our Brazilian Blur. Nash may supposed to be wearing purple & gold but his heart is still with the Suns. He knows what Barbosa means to this team. With more playing time, he will mean even more. Make it so Jeff, unless he is hurt & unable to play.

    MUST start & ALSO finish with LB. Let’s go SUNS!!!!

  • 13 HollyJames // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Per Mike Breshanan of the L.A. Times tweeted the trade talks between the Lakers and Suns have stalled. The Suns have offered Okafor and the Suns own 1st rd puck, currently #17th overall but the Lakers want a higher pick.

    The Suns own pick is currently # 21 and the Wizards pick is currently #18. So I guess they are going after the Wolves protected pick or their own in next years draft.

    Now if the Lakers want the Wolves pick that would be a bit of a gamble on their part since it is protected through #14 this season and through #12 in ’15 & ’16.

    Still too high, McD should pass and deal with Philly who are having a fire sale on young talent. The Suns could acquire Young and Turner at a cheaper hit on their salary cap, those two only make one million more than Okafor instead of close to $5 million like Pau.

  • 14 vtsunrise // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I can’t make up my mind whether Goran Dragic is the Rodney Dangerfield of point guards or Avis… No.2-ism rocks.

  • 15 Foreveris2long // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Hollyjames, good info. I am not a fan of giving away a 1st round pick for past his prime Gasol for a 3 month rental. when in my opinion we are not winning the West with or without him.

  • 16 Foreveris2long // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I just read on Hoopshype, Bledsoe’s surgery recovery is going well as there have been no set backs. Perhaps with his likely return the Suns believe the addition of Gasol gives them a good shot of winning the West this year. At least now I think I understand the logic for wanting Gasol.

  • 17 CART jeff // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Gasol allows Suns to jump Spurs, cancels out Duncan because of his freakish length. Power rankings OKC 1 SUNS 2 in the west with healthy Gasol and Bledsoe.

  • 18 DZ // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Considering how the T-wolves are playing, I really wouldn’t mind the Suns trading that pick away.

    Here are the terms regarding it:

    Minnesota’s 1st round pick to Phoenix protected for selections 1-13 in 2014, 1-12 in 2015 or 1-12 in 2016; if Minnesota has not conveyed a 1st round pick to Phoenix by 2016, then Minnesota will instead convey its 2016 2nd round pick and 2017 2nd round pick to Phoenix.

    Which all boils down to that pick will never be worth more than a #13 selection in the draft and possibly worth only 2 second round picks in 16 and 17. Washington’s pick becomes completely unprotected in 2020 but that’s unimportant since we will probably get it this year.

    Whether it’s for Gasol or in an entirely different trade, the Minnesota pick should be the first pick to be offered because of the conditions.

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