In 2011-2012 (2.5), steals (1.3) and minutes (26.5) while playing in all 66 games (career-high 28 starts)… Earned league-wide attention and eventually a multi-year contract from the Suns in free agency after starting the season’s final 26 games (March 10-April 26) in place of injured starter Kyle Lowry… As a starter overall (28 games), averaged 18.0 points, 8.4 assists and 1.82 steals… Only NBA player with at least those numbers over the full season in 2011-12 was Clippers guard Chris Paul, who was an All-Star starter and First Team All-NBA selection… By comparison, Jeremy Lin, who made perhaps the biggest splash of any player last season, averaged 18.2 points (Dragic-18.0) and 7.7 assists (Dragic-8.4) in 25 games as a starter… As a starter in season’s final 26 games, averaged 18.2 points, 8.3 assists and 1.85 steals while leading the team to a 13-13 (.500) finish, which included an 8-3 (.727) stretch… Earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for April 2-8 (20.7 points, 8.3 assists, 2.67 steals)… As a starter, shot 49.0 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from three-point range and 83.9 percent from the line… Only NBA players who shot at least that well in 2011-12 overall were All-Stars Kevin Durant, James Harden and Steve Nash… Set career highs in free throws made (153) and attempted (190)… As a starter, averaged 4.4 free throw attempts, which would have led the Suns in attempts per game… Reached double figures in scoring 39 times, including a single-season career-best 13 20-point performances… Dished 10 or more assists on a career high nine occasions, including a career-most eight double-doubles… Posted double-figure assists in a single half in two games… Reached double-figure scoring in a career-high 27 consecutive outings (March 6-April 22), which included 20-plus points in nine of the last 14 contests of that run… Recorded at least six assists in a career-best 24-straight games (March 10-April 21), which ranked tied for the second longest such streak in the NBA in 2011-12 (Nash-40, Rondo-24)… Tallied a career-high 14 assists March 17 at L.A. Clippers, equaling his previous career best of 11 assists in the first half alone… Was his second-straight 10-plus assist first half for the first time in his career… Hit a 20-footer from the corner with :03.0 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime March 6 at Boston… Finished seventh in voting for NBA Most Improved Player… Signed a multi-year free agent contract with the Suns on July 19, 2012.
In 2010-2011 Averaged 7.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 70 games (five starts) with Houston and Phoenix … averaged 7.4 points, 3.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 48 games (two starts) with the Suns, including two 10-point, 10-assist double-doubles … missed seven games (1/30/11-2/13/11) after receiving nine stitches in left foot following an accident at home … made two starts in place of an injured Steve Nash (11/18/10-11/20/10), recording a season-high 17 points (6-13 FG) and 10 assists without a turnover at Charlotte (11/20/10) … posted 14 points (5-11 FG) and 10 assists off the bench at Dallas (12/17/10) … also netted a season-best 17 points vs. Memphis (12/8/10) and 17 points (5-12 FG) vs. New York (1/7/11) … acquired by Houston from Phoenix on Feb. 24 … averaged 7.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 22 games (three starts) with the Rockets … in his three starts with Houston, averaged 13.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.67 steals … on the inactive list for one game (2/27/11) with the Rockets due to flu-like symptoms … had nine double-figure scoring games with Houston and three double-doubles, including a triple-double … made his Rockets debut vs. New Jersey (2/26/11) … was first in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.577, 15-26 3FG) for the month of Mar. 2011 … hit at least one trey in eight straight games (3/16/11-4/1/11) … netted his most points with Houston at New Orleans (4/6/11), scoring 16 points (6-9 FG) off a season-best 4-of-5 outing from 3-point range … made his first start with the Rockets vs. the L.A. Clippers (4/9/11), finishing with 14 points (5-13 FG), 10 rebounds, seven assists and a career-best two blocks … posted 15 points (6-16 FG, 2-6 3FG) in his second start vs. Dallas (4/11/11), adding 10 boards, seven assists and a career-high-trying four steals in a career-most 53:00 of action … recorded the first triple-double of his career with 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3FG), a career-high 11 rebounds and a career-best 11 assists as the starting point guard in a 121-102 win at Minnesota (4/13/11) … scored in double figures in four straight games (4/6/11-4/13/11), matching the longest such streak of his career (1/23/10-1/28/10).
In the NBA Has averaged 6.8 points, 2.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 205 games (eight starts) with Phoenix and Houston … owns six career double-doubles, including one career triple-double … has recorded three 20-point scoring games over his career, including one 30-point performance. 2009-2010: Averaged a career-high 7.9 points, a career-best 3.0 assists and career-high 2.1 rebounds in a career-most 80 games (two starts) … missed two games (3/4/10-3/6/10) due to a right ankle sprain … finished a career-best .394 (74-188 3FG) from 3-point range (25th in NBA), which was the fourth highest among all second-year NBA players … shot better from 3-point range as a sophomore (.394) than he did from the field overall as a rookie (.393) … surpassed his scoring total from his entire rookie season (55 games) in just his 33rd outing … had a single-season, career-high 25 double-digit scoring efforts (Suns record: 16-9) … registered the first three 20-point efforts of his career, with the first two coming on consecutive nights (1/25/10-1/26/10) after not tallying one in his first 99 career games … notched his first career 30-point performance at Utah (1/25/10), scoring a career-high 32 points (10-13 FG) off a career-best six 3-pointers (6-7 3FG) … became the Suns first second-round pick to score 30 or more points in a game since Cedric Ceballos on Jan. 18, 1997 … averaged 4.7 assists over the final 23 games of the season … recorded the first three double-digit assist efforts of his career after the All-Star Break, including his first career double-double while starting in place of an injured Nash with 16 points (7-11 FG) and 10 assists at Oklahoma City (2/23/10) … also became the first Suns player since 2006-07 to record double-digit assists in the same game as Nash (11) with 10 helpers vs. L.A. Clippers (2/26/10) … made two starts overall (12/17/09 for Richardson and 2/23/10). 2008-2009: In his rookie NBA season with the Suns, averaged 4.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 55 games (one start) … averaged 5.9 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 14.4 minutes (29 games) following the All-Star Break, which was compared to 2.9 points, 1.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 12.0 minutes before All-Star (26 games) … had six double-digit scoring efforts, all after the All-Star Break … made NBA debut in season opener at San Antonio (10/29/08) … scored a season-best 14 points (4-8 FG, 4-4 FT) at the L.A. Lakers (2/26/09) … dished a season-high eight assists at Minnesota (4/11/09) … was also a member of Phoenix’s 2009 Las Vegas Summer League squad.
In the Playoffs Has averaged 7.6 points, 2.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 16 career postseason games. 2010: Came off the bench to lead the Suns with a playoff-career-high 26 points (10-13 FG, 5-5 3FG) in a 110-96 Game Three win at San Antonio (5/7/10).
In International Play Signed to play in Spain with Caja Laboral for 2011-12 … came to the NBA after a four-year professional career in top leagues in his native Slovenia and abroad … spent the 2007-08 season with Union Olimpija in Slovenian, helping lead his team to both the Slovenian League championship and Slovenian Cup … named a 2008 Adriatic League All-Star … also earned 2006 Slovenian League All-Star accolades … made his professional debut with Ilirija in the Slovenian minor leagues before being promoted to Slovenia’s top league with Slovan in 2004-05 … named 2005 Slovenian League Newcomer of the Year … been a member of the Slovenian National Team since 2006 … led his national team in the 2010 World Championships in Turkey, averaging 12.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists in nine games … has also participated in the 2009 European Championships in Poland, the 2007 European Championships in Spain and the 2006 FIBA World Championships in Japan … member of the nation’s U-20 National Team in 2004 and 2005.
In Life Born Goran Dragic on May 6, 1986, in Ljubljana, Slovenia … speaks fluent Slovenian, Serbian, Spanish and English … father, Marinko, and mother, Mojca, still live in Slovenia, where brother, Zoran, plays professional basketball … nickname is “Gogi,” which is short for Goran in Slovenia … woke up at 3 a.m. as a kid to watch NBA games, and before being drafted by Phoenix, watched Suns games and his basketball idol, Steve Nash, shown at 4 a.m. in Slovenia … lists Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Nash as the players he admired growing up … grew up playing soccer in Ljubljana, Slovenia, but an injury forced him to switch sports at age 11 … parents gave him his first basketball as a gift, which he lists as the best gift he has received … has a 37.5 inch vertical leap … plays soccer in his free time and lists Real Madrid as his favorite club … also plays tennis and calls Rafael Nadal his favorite player … favorite book and movie is The Da Vinci Code … listens to R&B, rap and Serbian music.
In Transactions Acquired by Phoenix in a draft-day deal with San Antonio on June 26, 2008, in exchange for the draft rights to Malik Hairston (48th overall), a 2009 second-round pick and cash considerations … Spurs selected him in the second round (45th overall) in the 2008 NBA Draft … signed on Sep. 22, 2008, after reaching a buyout with Spanish team Tau Ceramica and receiving his official release … acquired by Houston along with draft considerations from Phoenix for guard Aaron Brooks on Feb. 24, 2011 … Rockets picked up the team option on his contract on June 28, 2011.