Goran Dragic believes his new backcourt tandem with Eric Bledsoe can push the Phoenix Suns away from the NBA's basement and bring a retro touch back to Arizona.
The 27-year-old point guard took over the reins of the Suns last season from Steve Nash but could do little to arrest a slide toward the draft lottery in a 25-win campaign that underlined the feeling that one personnel move after another in recent times could be adjudged a bust.
As a result the team cleaned house cutting ties with the troubled Michael Beasley saying goodbye to GM Lance Blanks and bringing in Ryan McDonough from the Celtics as a replacement. The Suns then installed former fan favorite Jeff Hornacek as head coach. They now have a much younger roster a ton of salary-cap flexibility a small stock of first-round picks and most importantly of all the chance to re-build over the coming years.
At the EuroBasket championships this month in his native Slovenia Dragic led his national team to fifth place averaging 1...