Drinks All Around For Goran Dragic

April 6, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Goran Dragic (3) takes the ball down court during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

I'd like to take this opportunity to extend cheers to Goran Dragic.

When Kyle Lowry went down with the disease from Outbreak (or something like that), it's safe to say everyone thought the season was over. I certainly didn't see any sort of run in the Rockets. We all agreed, Goran was a nice player, but without another point guard next to him, nobody expected him to play up to Lowry's level. In fact, Dragic has gone and supplanted Lowry's play. And that's just goddamn amazing.

Check out Gogi's stats as a starter. They very, very nice:

PPG: 18.1 APG: 8.8 RPG: 3.5 FG%: 52.4 3P%: 44 FT% 82.1

Dragic has eclipsed the twenty-point mark in each of his last four games. Since he took over for Lowry on March 10, the Rockets have beaten Oklahoma City on the road, the Bulls on the road, the Lakers at home and on the road and a tough Memphis team at home. Those were wins that Houston failed to get earlier in the year, and while I think Marcus Camby's influence has been a huge factor, it's clear that these wins have Dragic's footprints — scattered and circular as they may be — all over them.

Does this mean the Rockets should alter plans and up the ante to re-sign Goran at any cost? I'm not sure. It all depends on the draft and on who else is available in free agency, but I still think Lowry is this team's point guard. That said, if Houston can make room for Dragic and convince him to stay for a reasonable cost, that'd be just grand.

So, once again, thanks, Goran. You might be gone next year and your agent must be loving your recent string of performances, but for the time being, I think we can all appreciate the effort, intensity and overall badassery you've brought to the table. You've kept this season fun and entertaining, and for that, I will be rooting for Slovenia in just about any sport in the near future.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Dream Shake

You must be a member of The Dream Shake to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Dream Shake. You should read them.

Join The Dream Shake

You must be a member of The Dream Shake to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Dream Shake. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker