contract wrote:I think the issue is that some fans question Dragic's ability to be great in any role. In other words, he looks good not great when you run the entire offense around him, and as a #2 or #3 he's good not great.
Those are valid concerns but I think it all depends on who the #1 and #2 options are. If you put him on a contending team with 2 ISO heavy star players than Dragic probably won’t look good. But in a pace&space Warriors style system like Spo ran this year Dragic would look much better, possibly even average something like 18 and 5, which I think is very good for a #3 option. He’s definitely not the type of a 3&D spot up PG who could look good in an ISO heavy offense with Wade and Bosh in particular.
contract wrote:My biggest issue with Dragic as a #2 or #3 his defense stands out more. It's a lot easier to look the other way on defense when a guy is scoring 20+ points per game than when he's scoring 15.
As far as Dragic’s defense goes I also think you have valid concerns but I’ve seen considerable improvement in this area. His switching was on point most of the time and more importantly he didn’t get exploited when he switched on bigger guys. I actually saw some bigs struggle to take him in the post when he switched on them and they tried to ISO. I saw LeBron settle for a tough turnaround jumper when he saw how hard he’d have to work to take Dragic all the way to the post. His strength is underrated and he looks like he put on at least a few of pounds of muscle in the past couple of years. On the other hand Dragic will always struggle against smaller and quicker guards but hey, most of the league does. He defended the 3 point line well though. Opponents shot 2.9% worse from three when Dragic was defending their shot which is actually quite good for a perimeter defender.