With the Phoenix Suns’ season over, it’s time to take a fond look back on the 2013-14 season and examine how everyone performed. So far we’ve covered Archie Goodwin‘s first NBA season; Shavlik Randolph‘s short stint with the Suns; Miles Plumlee‘s impressive potential; Ishmael Smith‘s job as a backup point guard; the return of the Brazilian Blur, Leandro Barbosa; and rookie Alex Len‘s first season in Phoenix.
We’ve also examined Marcus Morris‘ development as a shooter; Channing Frye‘s inspirational return to the court; a career year from Gerald Green; P.J. Tucker‘s drastic improvement; Markieff Morris‘ Sixth Man of the Year-worthy season; and Eric Bledsoe‘s phenomenal but injury-prone year. Today, we’ll wrap up our 2013-14 Phoenix Suns player grades and take a look at Goran Dragic‘s breakout 2013-14 campaign.
Dragic was easily the best thing about Phoenix’s depressing 2012-13 season, but with another year as a starter under his belt and the right supporting cast around him this time, the Dragon emerged not only as the team’s on-court general, but also as one of the NBA’s best point guards in 2013-14.
After a career year, Dragic earned Third Team All-NBA honors (should’ve been Second Team) and the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year Award while leading the Suns in scoring, assists and three-point shooting percentage. A playoff appearance was the ultimate goal and Phoenix fell one game short, but with a revamped roster and Bledsoe (hopefully) returning/healthy next season, Dragic is on the cusp of leading this team to the postseason again.