Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic
34-Year-Old GuardG
Miami Heat  NBA  
Miami Heat
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Dragic is entering his 12th season after a knee injury forced him to play the fewest games of his career (36) in 2018-19. He played his fewest minutes (27.5) and grabbed his fewest rebounds (3.1) since 2011 while shooting his worst field goal percentage since his 2008 rookie season (41.3). Dragic had a knee scope performed during the season, and his recovery may have certainly contributed to the statistical downturns he experienced. From 2011-2017, he averaged 16.4 points, 5.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from three. Returning to the Heat healthy, his numbers should be closer to the previous seven-year average than his injury-plagued 2018. He began to turn his efficiency around post-All-Star break by improving his shooting percentage from the field, shooting percentage from three, and assist/turnover ratio. While there is hope for a more efficient and productive 2019-20, the arrival of superstar Jimmy Butler will limit Dragic's usage. Dragic, sharing the backcourt with the newly acquired Butler, may have to be off-ball more than he ever has. In his prime and the new face of the franchise, Butler figures to be an extremely high-usage player who will dominate the ball. Dragic has proven to be a capable source of scoring, field goal shooting and three-point shooting throughout his career, and though Butler caps his upside, it seems fair to expect Dragic to return to his usual form this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Heat in July of 2015. Exercised $19.22 million player option for 2019-20 in June of 2019.
Personal Bio

Goran Dragic was born on May 6, 1986 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The son of Marinko and Majca Dragic, he has one brother, Zoran, who also played in the NBA, spending time with the Suns and Heat. In 2013, Dragic married his wife, Maja, and the couple has two children -- a son (Mateo) and a daughter (Viktoria). Dragic received the Apple of Inspiration award by Slovenian President Borut Pahor in the summer of 2014 in recognition of his humanitarianism and success. He serves as an ambassador for City of Hope, a world-renowned medical research and treatment center. Dragic hosts an annual basketball camp in Slovenia for youth players. Follow Dragic on Twitter @Goran_Dragic and on Instagram @the_1_dragon.

College/International Summary

Prior to joining the NBA in 2008, Dragic moved around basketball leagues in Slovenia during his later teen years and his early 20s. As a 17-year-old, he joined KD Illirija in the second basketball league. The guard moved up to the top league with Slovan from 2004 to 2006. He played just 8.8 minutes in his first year, but he became a starter in his second season. He provided 13.4 points over 57 games and was a Slovenian League All-Star in 2006. Dragic moved to Spain for a season and played for Murcia. In 27 games, he averaged 4.6 points in 15.9 minutes. The guard returned to Slovenia in 2007-08 and played for Union Olimpija. He helped the team win the Slovenian League championship with averages of 11.9 points and 3.4 assists per contest. Dragic then made himself available for the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected in the second round (45th overall pick) by the San Antonio Spurs.

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August 10, 2020
Dragic (ankle) will play in Monday's game against the Pacers, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
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As expected, both Dragic and Jimmy Butler will return to the fold as the Heat play their first of two games against the Pacers this week. With Kendrick Nunn out, Dragic should be set for increased minutes.
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2018

The 2018-19 season marked Dragic's 11th in the league and fourth with the Heat. Coming off his first All-Star season, Dragic was slowed by knee surgery that limited him to 36 games (22 starts). It was an unusual turn of events for the veteran guard, who'd generally been a model of consistency, having started at least 70 games in each of the previous six seasons. Despite the injury, Dragic still managed to provide solid production in points (13.7), assists (4.8) and rebounds (3.1) when he was on the court. Dragic's season got off to a good start, as he led the Heat in scoring in the season opener with 26 points in a loss to Orlando. He went on to score at least 20 points in seven of his first 12 games before the knee injury began to bother him. Dragic underwent surgery on Dec. 19 and was kept out of action until Feb. 23, when he came off the bench to score four points in 16 minutes. He continued to play mostly off the bench until late March, when he worked his way back into the starting lineup. Dragic's late-season return to the starting five led to his highest-scoring game of the year, a 30-point effort Apr. 1 against Boston. That came right on the heels of another spectacular effort Mar. 28, when he posted a 23-point, 12-rebound, 11-assist triple-double against Dallas. Dragic also turned in three double-doubles on the season.

2017

Dragic provided his usual steady leadership as Miami's floor general in 2017-18. He started all 75 games in which he played and paced the squad with per-game averages of 17.3 points and 4.8 assists. He also knocked down 1.5 three-pointers per game on 37.0 perecent shooting while converting 80.1 percent of his free throws. Dragic's outstanding play helped him earn a pair of NBA Player of the Week honors as well as his first All-Star selection. The veteran logged 11 minutes for Team LeBron in the February exhibition, scoring two points and grabbing four rebounds. He set a season high with 33 points against Detroit on Feb. 3. Dragic later matched that total when he torched the Kings for another 33 points on Mar. 14, which he followed up two days later by scoring 30 against Lakers. In all, he scored 30-plus points five times. He notched three double-doubles during the campaign, including 24 points and a season-high 13 assists in a victory over Detroit on Jan. 3. Dragic's contributions helped Miami earn a sixth-place finish in the East and a berth in the playoffs. Although the Heat were eliminated in the first round, Dragic averaged 18.6 points and 4.6 assists per game. He scored 20-plus points three times in Miami's five-game set against the Sixers.

2016

Dragic's 2016-17 season saw his offensive game return to its old heights. He played in 73 games (all starts) for the Heat, averaging 20.3 points -- equaling his career-best mark from 2013-14. Dragic also contributed 5.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game, precisely cloning his numbers in those categories from the 2015-16 campaign. He set a new personal best for assists in a game on Nov. 28, when he recorded 17 dimes alongside 27 points against Boston. Dragic piled up 30-plus points on seven occasions, with his highest-scoring effort coming Dec. 12 against Washington. In that game, he notched 34 points to go with five rebounds, five assists and a steal. Dragic notched six double-doubles, scoring 20-plus points in five of those games. In fact, he cleared 20 points on 39 occasions over the course of the season. Dragic hit on a remarkable 40.5 percent of his 3-point attempts, marking the second time in his career that he cleared the 40 percent threshold in that category. His 1.6 made threes per game tied his career-high mark from 2013-14. On Feb. 6 against the Timberwolves, Dragic set another personal best with seven successful 3-pointers.

2015

After getting traded to Miami the year before, Dragic signed a five-year deal with the Heat ahead of the 2015-16 season. He started all 73 contests in which he appeared, averaging 14.1 points, 5.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds across 32.8 minutes while shooting 47.7 percent from the field. A calf injury cost Dragic eight games in January, but he didn't suffer any long-term effects from it. Dragic posted a dozen games with 20-plus points, peaking with 26 (as well as nine assists) in a Mar. 11 win over the Bulls. He turned in five double-doubles, including a career-high 12 rebounds in another win over the Bulls on Apr. 7. All in all, Dragic notched five double-doubles during the season. His efforts helped the Heat to the third seed in the Eastern Conference, bringing Dragic back to postseason play for the first time since 2009-10. Over the course of 14 playoff games, Dragic posted 16.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest. His 25 points powered the Heat's Game 7 win in the first round against Charlotte, and he scored 30 in a Game 6 victory over Toronto in the second round.

2014

Dragic delivered another effective campaign in 2014-15, averaging 16.3 points across two stops while shooting more than 50 percent (50.1, to be precise) from the field for the second consecutive season. He started the year with the Suns, playing 52 games (all starts) before being dealt to the Heat in a three-team trade on Feb. 19. Despite the change of uniform, Dragic remained almost metronomically consistent, posting nearly identical stats in his 26 games with Miami. His scoring ticked up slightly (from 16.2 points per game to 16.6) and he did some more distributing (5.3 assists per game vs. 4.1), but overall, it was a testament to the steadiness of Dragic's game. Dragic's top two performances of the year came just three days apart when he was still with the Suns, though. First, he scored a season-high 34 points against the Pacers on Dec. 2, and he followed that up with a 28-point, 13-assist dismantling of the Mavericks on Dec. 5. Dragic delivered another 28-point game as a member of the Heat on Apr. 7. The veteran guard notched four double-doubles on the season -- two for each team. That included his first double-digit-rebounding effort since 2011.

2013

The 2013-14 season saw Dragic play a new role, as he shifted to shooting guard following the Suns' offseason acquisition of Eric Bledsoe. Dragic responded with the finest season of his career. He appeared in 76 games (75 starts) and averaged an easily career-high 20.3 points along with 3.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 35.1 minutes. Dragic did so while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from downtown -- both career highs as well. The Slovenian registered 30-plus points eight times during the campaign and notched seven double-doubles. On Feb. 3, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time in his career. In fact, February was a big month for him in general. Dragic posted his three biggest offensive performances in February. On Feb. 8, he put up a 34-point, 10-assist effort in a win over Golden State. On Feb. 23, he racked up 35 points against Houston. Five days later, he hit 40 points for the first time in his career in a win over New Orleans. Those performances made Dragic the first player since Rod Strickland in 1985-86 to set new career highs in scoring three times in the same month. He was also the sixth player in league history to join the 20-50-40 club (averaging 20-plus points while shooting 50-plus percent from the field and 40-plus percent from three). Dragic's accomplishments earned him the NBA's Most Improved Player Award, and he was named to the All-NBA Third Team as well.

2012

Following his breakout season in Houston, Dragic entered free agency and signed a four-year, $30 million deal to return to Phoenix. His second stint with the Suns went much differently from the first, as Dragic stepped into a full-time starting role this time around. He played in 77 games (all as a starter), setting new career highs with 14.7 points, 7.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 33.5 minutes per game. The 6-foot-3 guard opened the season by scoring in double figures for 17 consecutive games and closed out the campaign by doing the same for 15 consecutive contests. The latter stretch included his two highest-scoring efforts of the season: a near-triple-double with 31 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds against Brooklyn on Mar. 24, then a 32-point effort against the Warriors on Apr. 5. He recorded a career-high 18 assists against the Portland Trail Blazers on Feb. 18, adding 16 points. In all, Dragic piled up 19 double-doubles on the season and scored 20-plus points on 15 occasions.

2011

Dragic benefited from much more opportunity in his third NBA season, playing in all 66 games for the Rockets in the lockout-shortened campaign. His minutes spiked to 26.5 per game and he made 28 starts -- a major departure from his first two seasons. Dragic answered the bell with new career-high averages in points (11.7), assists (5.3), rebounds (2.5) and steals (1.3). He improved his shooting percentage to 46.2 and his free-throw percentage to 80.5 -- also both career bests. The Slovenian was even better when he got the chance to start, averaging 18.0 points, 8.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds in those contests. Dragic's most impressive performance came Apr. 6 against the Lakers, when he registered 26 points alongside 11 assists and three steals in 38 minutes. He scored 20-plus points 13 times and notched eight double-doubles during the campaign. In one of those, Mar. 17 against the Clippers, Dragic set a new personal best with 14 assists to go with 11 points.

2010

Dragic started the 2010-11 season with the Suns, playing 48 games (two as a starter) while averaging 7.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists across 17.8 minutes per contest. His finest performance was a 17-point, 10-assist effort against the Charlotte Bobcats on Nov. 20. On Feb. 24, the Slovenian was traded to the Rockets in exchange for Aaron Brooks. He debuted for his new team two nights later, playing 10 minutes and scoring six points against the Trail Blazers. Dragic largely played the same rotational reserve role in Houston that he had in Phoenix, but he again showed the ability to pop when given the chance. On Apr. 13, the last game of regular season, he notched the first triple-double of his career with 11 each of points, rebounds and assists against Minnesota. Over the course of his 22 games (three starts) with Houston, Dragic averaged 7.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 17.2 minutes.

2009

Dragic appeared in 80 games (two starts) for the Suns in 2009-10, playing a more substantial bench role than he had in his rookie season. The Slovenian guard averaged 7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 18.0 minutes per game, and he shot an impressive 39.4 percent from long range. On Jan. 25 against the Jazz, Dragic exploded for his best performance of the season, recording a season-high 32 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-7 from downtown. He also recorded a pair of 20-point efforts. Dragic posted his first career double-double on Feb. 23, racking up 16 points and 10 assists against the Thunder. That was one of three games in which Dragic posted 10 dimes. Dragic also got his first taste of NBA postseason experience, and despite coming off the bench throughout the playoffs, he had several productive outings. Over the course of just 17:27 in Game 3 of the second round against the Spurs, Dragic posted 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting, adding three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. He scored 23 of those points in the final quarter, leading the Suns to a comeback win.

2008

Dragic was selected in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft, 45th overall, by the Spurs. He was immediately traded to the Suns, with whom he signed a three-year rookie deal in September after they completed his buyout from Spanish club TAU Ceramica. Dragic proceeded to play played 55 games (one start) for Phoenix, recording averages of 4.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 13.2 minutes per game. His lone start came Nov. 14, when he posted five points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 30 minutes against the Kings. He scored in double figures six times during his rookie year. On Feb. 26, the Slovenian scored a season-high 14 points against the Lakers. He also showed potential as a distributor when given the opportunity, dishing out a season-high eight assists against Minnesota on Apr. 11.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2008
    Drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2nd round (45th pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft.
  • June 28, 2008
    Traded by the San Antonio Spurs to the Phoenix Suns for Malik Hairston, cash and a 2009 2nd round draft pick
  • September 1, 2008
    Signed a three-year contract with the Phoenix Suns
  • February 24, 2011
    Traded by the Phoenix Suns with a 2011 1st round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for Aaron Brooks.
  • July 19, 2012
    Signed a four-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.
  • February 19, 2015
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Phoenix Suns with Zoran Dragic to the Miami Heat in exchange for Danny Granger, a 2017 1st round draft pick and a 2021 1st round draft pick
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a five-year contract with the Miami Heat
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Though Dragic managed to snag his first All-Star appearance last season at age 32, he was an injury replacement and actually had a down year relative to 2016-17, seeing his points (17.3), assists (4.8) and field-goal percentage (45.0) drop. He’s also slipped on the defensive end lately, averaging 1.1 steals per 36 minutes over the past four campaigns compared to 1.5 steals per 36 during the first six years of his career. On a positive note, Dragic has improved as a free-throw shooter, making 79.5 percent of his attempts over the past two seasons compared 74.9 percent prior. He also posted a career high in rebounding last season (4.1), though it’s generally ill-advised to bank on consistent rebounding production from point guards. All things considered, despite being on the back end of his prime, Dragic is set to remain a high-usage player within the Heat’s offense and has played at least 72 games per season since 2012-13, making him one of the most reliable Fantasy options available during the back ends of drafts.
Dragic, at 30-years-old, had one of the best seasons of his career last season, bumping his points per game from 14.1 up to 20.3 while raising his effective field-goal percentage from 51.3 up to 52.7 percent. He also continued to provide decent value in both assists (5.8) and steals (1.2) per contest. His resurgence was due in large part to the Heat giving him more responsibility in running the offense, as he saw his usage rate jump from 21.9 to a team-leading 27.1 percent. Miami has made few roster adjustments heading into the 2017-18 campaign, with their biggest splash being the signing of Kelly Olynyk. As a result, Dragic will likely see a similar role next season and has a good chance of providing similar production across the board. While his assist numbers leave something to be desired, Dragic could likely be one of the better under-the-radar Fantasy producers at the point-guard slot next season in both year-long and daily formats.
Dragic’s 2015-16 season wouldn’t qualify as a disappointment, but his performance still left a little to be desired after he played spectacularly for the Heat upon coming over from the Suns in a deadline deal a year earlier. Since Dwyane Wade was able to stay relatively healthy during the season for one of the rare times in recent years, Dragic had to contend with sharing the play-making responsibilities, an adjustment he struggled with early on. To his credit, Dragic eventually found his footing as the season wore on, as he increased his per-game scoring in each month, highlighted by an April average of 17.4 points to go along with 4.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 31.8 minutes per game. It might be too ambitious to expect Dragic to maintain that April production for all of 2016-17, but with Wade departing for the Bulls this summer, the offense is now solely in the capable hands of the 30-year-old from Slovenia. While not an elite fantasy point guard, Dragic has been a steady asset over the last few years and should benefit from a spike in usage rate without Wade around to play the isolation game. In addition to providing quality outputs as a scorer, rebounder and assist man, Dragic has historically been one of the more efficient point guards from the field, holding down a 47.1 percent career mark. He’s therefore a candidate to provide sneaky value in the middle rounds of drafts.
Dragic was traded to Miami at last year's trade deadline and elected to sign a five-year, $90 million contract in July to stay with the team and serve as the starting point guard for the foreseeable future. Dragic appeared in just 26 games for the Heat last season but made the most of his time, posting averages of 16.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.1 steals in nearly 35 minutes per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. Entering the 2015-16 season, Dragic will look to have a similar, if not greater, impact with more talent surrounding him, as by the time he joined the team last February, Chris Bosh had been ruled out for the season. Dragic is at his best when the ball is in his hands and he has command of the offense. The versatile guard has the ability to finish at the rim and hit an outside jumper on a fairly consistent basis while serving as a positive contributor across the box score. The addition of Bosh sets up for a lot of pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop opportunities between the two, which could mean Dragic is in for a year that rivals his breakout 2013-14 season.
Dragic is entering his seventh year in the NBA and is coming off a breakout campaign. Last season, he averaged 20.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in 35 minutes per game. He shot an extremely efficient 51 percent from the field on 14.4 attempts to go along with a 41-percent mark on 3.9 attempts from three. Dragic also shot 76 percent from the free-throw line while taking 5.5 attempts per game. This season, Dragic will have a little more help in the backcourt, as the Suns added point guard Isaiah Thomas in free agency. Eric Bledsoe is also expected to return healthy, though Bledsoe could still leave as a restricted free agent. After averaging a career-high in points and field goal percentage last year, Dragic figures to remain the go-to-guy for the Suns' offensive attack in 2014-15. Dragic will contribute to fantasy teams with his scoring, threes, and steals, while adding a solid amount of assists from the point guard position. As he heads into the season as the main piece in the Suns' fast paced system, Dragic looks to be among the top fantasy options at point guard.
The unenviable task of replacing future hall-of-famer Steve Nash fell to Goran Dragic, and Dragic rose to the occasion. His 14.7 points per game led the team in scoring, but he continued to get teammates involved, to the tune of 7.4 assists per game, while also contributing 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 34 minutes per game – all career-best numbers. He'll continue to be one of the primary offensive threats on a Suns team that promises to be among the league's worst. The arrival of Eric Bledsoe could theoretically cut into Dragic's role, but the Suns' current plan will put the two guards in the backcourt together, and to have Ish Smith and/or Kendall Marshall back up the point.
Opportunity knocked for Dragic last season in Houston when Kyle Lowry was sidelined in March with a bacterial infection, and Dragic didn’t disappoint. He averaged 15.0 points and 7.4 assists in the starting point guard gig in March, and stepped up that production to an even greater extent in April, registering 18.9 points and 7.7 assists per game, while also posting his first career triple-double. As an unrestricted free agent this summer, Dragic signed a lucrative deal to be the starter for the Suns, the team he made his NBA debut with 2008. He has big shoes to fill with the departure of Steve Nash to the Lakers, but will have an intriguing cast of teammates to work with, including Marcin Gortat, Michael Beasley, and former Rockets teammate Luis Scola. It wouldn’t be completely surprising to see Dragic replicate his April averages on a nightly basis throughout the season, but his March statistics may be more representative of his true talent. Dragic shoots well for a point guard, making 46.2 percent of his attempts last season, though that number could plummet as he assumes more of the scoring burden. Dragic will also need to trim his turnovers to be a top-tier fantasy point guard, as he averaged 4.3 turnovers per 48 minutes last season.
Dragic is a true point guard who can also knock down the three. He even had a triple-double while filling in for an injured Kyle Lowry down the stretch last year. He's going to compete with Jonny Flynn to be Lowry's backup, but is the type of player who could immediately step in and average seven-plus assists were Lowry to get hurt.
Dragic showed flashes of his potential while coming off the bench for the Suns last season, including a 26-point outburst against the Spurs in the playoffs. He'll be in a reserve role once again, but look for Dragic to see additional playing time now that Leandro Barbosa has been traded to Toronto.
Dragic was brought in to be the eventual replacement for Steve Nash at point guard, but he didn't show much as a rookie to indicate he'd be ready for the job any time soon. With Nash signed to an extension the Suns seemed to reach the same conclusion, so the Slovakian will have a couple more seasons to learn the ropes and adjust to the North American game.
Dragic drew comparisons in the Euroleague to Tony Parker due to his penchant to attack the basket, but he's not close to reaching that level yet. This season he'll be relied on mainly to give Steve Nash a rest, provide some physical defense off the bench and put a lot of work in at practice improving his outside shot.
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August 9, 2020
Dragic (ankle) remains on track to play in Monday's game against Indiana, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
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August 8, 2020
Dragic (ankle) is out Saturday against the Suns, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
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Questionable for Saturday
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August 7, 2020
Dragic (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Suns, Matt Petersen of NBA.com reports.
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Out vs. Bucks
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August 6, 2020
Dragic (ankle) will not play Thursday against the Bucks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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August 5, 2020
Dragic (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's matchup against the Bucks.
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