30 NBA players that got better after leaving their first team

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30 NBA players who got better after leaving their first team: 24. Goran Dragic

The man now known as the Dragon had an interesting start to his career. Goran Dragic got enough interest from the Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets to go from one to the other and back again as he steadily improved with time. He was not a starter in his first stint with the Suns, stuck behind a former two-time MVP in Steve Nash but moving to Houston, Dragic rose to the occasion.

He was still mostly a reserve but he began to show exactly why front offices were excited about his promise. In his first full season with the Rockets, Dragic averaged 11.7 points, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. After a season and a half in Houston, Dragic would return to the Phoenix Suns as a free agent and moved into the role of the leader of the team. His second season back was his best. He was named Most Improved Player and also made the All-NBA Third Team. Dragic averaged 20.3 points, 5.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

The next season he would be moved again, this time, traded to the Miami Heat, where he is currently one of the essential players for a team that made the NBA Finals a season ago. Dragic made his lone All-Star appearance as a member of the Miami Heat and is integral to the current culture that fans of the team love to remind you of. He is one of the hardest workers in the league and when he is on the court, the Heat are able to perform like one of the best teams in the association.