At the beginning of this season I responded to several threads about Phoenix wherein Gorgan Dragic was usually described as a bust and a failure after only one season in the league. I watched Phoenix play last year, and although the guy had no confidence, it was obvious he was very fast, an excellent ball handler, and he had NBA level talent.
I pointed out to several members of this forum that Americans have no patience, we always expect instant success from rookies and/or foreign players. We often lack compassion about their challenges. I asked two questions. How many people in this forum think they would immediately be successful if they:
1. Went to a foreign country, such as Solvenia, and had to learn a different language?
2. Moved from European ball to the NBA at the age of 22?
Both of those transitions are extremely difficult. I know if I had to learn a foreign language I would be lost for a long time. Maybe it would be nice to occasionally put yourself in the place of someone experiencing a very difficult situation and give them a little bit of time to adjust before firing off heavy duty criticism?
Anyway, Goran Dragic proved so far this season that he belongs in the NBA and is a solid backup for Steve Nash. He just might have the talent to be a starting guard some day, but I haven't seen enough of him to draw that conclusion.
I checked the box scores last night and noted that Dragic scored 32 points against Utah. His stat line included 10 of 13 from the field [6 of 7 from the 3 point line]. Isn't it amazing how one year of experience in the NBA, learning the English language, and having a coach who has confidence in a guy can make a difference?
lets not forget he was drafted 45th overall. he is a great talent to be picked up that late in the draft
possibly also the difference between backing up Nash and playing alongside him?
He's a good change of pace PG...and he's figuring out his role. I would like to see him get stronger and play better D, but he's definitely a good backup PG who also has the ability to play off the ball...
"Isn't it amazing how one year of experience in the NBA, learning the English language, and having a coach who has confidence in a guy can make a difference?"
Yes... One year of NBA experience, learning the English language and having a coach who has confidence in you makes a difference, BUT... You still have to put in the work, be confident in yourself and improve your game. I'm saying that because I feel you're somehow trying to relate this to Darko Milicic who didn't work hard and didn't improve his game.
As far as Dragic though... The kid definitely has some talent. He's gotten better as his confidence has increased. I'm in agreement with everything Iggy just said above.
this guy is always on the bad end of a good play lool
Hey Tezo83, I really wasn't thinking about Milicic at all when I started this thread because my focus was on PGs and the lack of patience by Americans, who always want instant success. However, since you brought up his name, allow me to respond.
You wrote, "You still have to put in the work, be confident in yourself and improve your game". I agree 100% with everything you said. It's obvious this year that Dragic worked hard, improved all aspects of his game [of course he had the talent], and he now plays with lots of confidence. Let's also remember that he's still only 23 years old.
As for Milicic, as you pointed out, he didn't work hard, he didn't improve his game, and after 6 or 7 years in the league, he still lacks confidence. Even though all of that's true, I would still love to see just one NBA coach let him play every day for a month. Than Milicic can sink or swim on his own and we'll never again have to wonder if he can cut it this league. Of course most people don't care any more and I don't blame them.