Well, that’s two in only a few months for a team that was supposed to be wallowing in the basement of the NBA. Phoenix Suns Goran Dragic wins Western Conference Player of the Week Monday for his amazing production as the Suns went 4-0 last week. This included beating the Pacers in Indiana (sweeping one of the best teams in the NBA in eight days). The Suns’ Markieff Morris won the award earlier this season.
The Dragon averaged 26.8 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 63.9 percent from the field, and 69.2 percent from deep. That’s incredible! Especially the field goal percentages.
Why Dragic should make the All-Star team is his averages for the season aren’t too far off these player of the week averages. He is averaging for the year, 20.0 points, 6.1 assists, 3.5 assists, 50.5 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from deep.
So he’s (albeit barely) averaging more assists on the year as opposed to during his great week and not an All-Star. There are some other reasons as well. Dragic is only led by Dwayne Wade and Tony Parker in shooting percentage among guards this season.
Also, The Dragon’s averages are depressed due to sharing the floor with Eric Bledsoe for a while earlier in the year.
Apparently, the field for who takes Kobe’s place in the All-Star game has been limited to the New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Anthony Davis and Goran Dragic (although, I think Memphis’ Mike Conley should still be in the conversation). While Davis has been putting up great numbers, and the All-Star game is in New Orleans, the spot should go to the Slovenian.
Davis’ numbers (20.4 PPG, 10.3 RPG, and league-leading 3.3 BLKPG) are better than Dragic’s, hopefully the league will reward winning. Both teams lost one of their better players (Suns’ Bledsoe and Pelicans’ Jure Holiday) while New Orleans also lost sharp-shooting stretch-four Ryan Anderson for a while, but that shouldn’t be the difference in these team’s records. The Suns are 29-18 and currently sitting pretty on a five-game winning-streak and in sixth place in the West playoffs. In contrast, the Pelicans are 20-26 overall. That’s about eight full games worth of differential. That’s significant.
The NBA and new league commissioner Adam Silver should as his first real act, decree the Dragon be put into the All-Star game. Based on the fact, he’s brought his team to a better place. The good thing is, it might help the Dragon’s case that he just won Western Conference player of the week.