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5 Things We Know So Far About the 2017-18 Miami Heat

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2. Goran Dragic’s FIBA EuroBasket 2017 was just the beginning

While most NBA stars enjoyed a lot of rest and relaxation this offseason, starting point guard Goran Dragic was putting it all on the line for his country in the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 tournament. Dragic was named the captain of the Slovenian national team and he lived up to every expectation and more. On his way to a EuroBasket championship and tournament MVP, Dragic averaged 22.6 points, 4.4 rebounds. and 5.1 assists per game. Each game seemed more impressive than the next as Dragic played confidently and masterfully throughout the tourney.

Dragic’s active summer could have resulted in a slow start for the nine-year pro, but instead the Heat captain has just kept on trucking. So far this season, Dragic is averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game. Not only that, but he is proving to be one of the emotional leaders on the team, helping Whiteside rebound from his poor performance against the Warriors, and always praising his teammates following victories. With a team filled with talented youngsters who are still finding the best versions of their games, Dragic will likely serve as one of the primary keys to overall success this season.

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