Goran Dragic Wins NBA Most Improved Player
Phoenix Suns Guard Goran Dragic has been named as the NBA’s 2013-2014 Most Improved Player.
Just like on the court Dragic blew past by his competition on the way to the award. He received a total of 408 points (65 1st place votes, 25 2nd places votes and 8 3rd places votes) in a landslide victory with the runner-up, Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson receiving 158 total points (13 1st place votes, 24 2nd place votes and 21 3rd place votes).
Dragic flourished under first year head coach Jeff Hornacek’s system, who finished 2nd in Coach of the Year voting, increasing his numbers significantly. He was already a good player last year averaging 14.7 points, 7.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 33.5 minutes per game.
But like the name of the award Dragic improved his game to another level. He upped his scoring to 20.5 points while also shooting a better percentage from the field (50.8%) and from the 3 point line (41.7%) compared to 44.3% field goal wise and 31.9% from the 3 a year ago.
He constantly attacked the rim finishing at a high rate and shot lights out as his numbers represent. Only one other player scored at least 20 points per game while having a 50% or better field goal percentage, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, and he’s in line to win his 1st ever MVP award.
Dragic led the Suns to an 48-34 record with his team averaging105.2 points per game, 7th best in the league. He is the first Suns player to win the award since Boris Diaw in 2005-2006.
New Orleans Anthony Davis finished 3rd with 155 total points (16 1st place votes, 21 2nd place votes and 12 3rd place votes) Phoenix Suns Gerald Green finished 4th with 117 total points (16 1st place votes, 7 2nd place votes and 16 3rd place votes). Phoenix Suns Markieff Morris also finished in the top ten.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor, Manuel Childs @ManuelChilds