Goran Dragić is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has also played for the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets. He led the senior Slovenian national team to its first FIBA EuroBasket title in 2017. He was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in 2018 with Miami.
About Goran Dragić in brief
Goran Dragić is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has also played for the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets. He was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in 2018 with Miami. He led the senior Slovenian national team to its first FIBA EuroBasket title in 2017, while being named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He made his debut in 2003, at the age of 17, in the Slovenian minor league with KD Ilirija. He then played in the top level Slovenian Basketball League and Adriatic League club Slovan, in 2004. In 2006, he joined the Spanish ACB League club Saski Baskonia, who loaned him to the Spanish club Murcia, in 2006. In 2007, he played for Slovenian club Union Olimpija in 2007, and he played there during the 2007–08 season. He 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 Suns in exchange for the draft rights to Malik Hairston, the 48th pick. In 2012, he agreed to sign a 4-year, USD 30 million deal with a player option on the final year with the Suns and officially became a member of the team again on 19 July 2012. In 2014, he was an All-NBA Third Team selection and the NBA Most Improved Player with thePhoenix Suns in 2014.
He played for a brief period of time in Spain during the 2011 NBA lockout until the lockout ended. He returned to the Rockets for the 2011–12 season. In 2013, he recorded his first career triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in a 121–102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the lockout shortened season, he continued to be used as a bench player as a means to help the Rockets out during the lockout. He filled in for Kyle Lowry, who was out with a bacterial infection, in March 2012, and won the Western Conference player of the week. In March 2013 he suffered through a career high moments with the Los Angeles Clippers, suffering through a 25 points, 12 assists, and 12 rebounds against the Brooklyn Nets on 24 March 2013. In his first game playing with Eric Bledsoe as a teammate, he led the team with 30 points or more, including a double-double of 31 points and 10 assists in a 104–91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. On 25 January 2010, he scored a then career high 32 points, hitting 6 of 7 three-pointers in a losing effort against the Utah Jazz. On 7 May 2010, during game 3 of the. Western Conference Semifinals, he led a Phoenix Suns comeback against the team that originally drafted him, theSan Antonio Spurs, scoring 23 of his total 26 points in the fourth quarter.