5 Reasons Why Goran Dragic Makes the Heat Contenders in the East

5 Reasons Why Goran Dragic Makes the Heat Contenders in the East

Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat

2. Addition by Subtraction

It may be odd to hear this, but the Heat’s roster improved after trades that sent Cole, Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams packing.

Miami acquired a top-tier point guard in Dragic along with a project player at shooting guard in Zoran Dragic, Goran’s younger brother.

The fact of the matter is this—the Heat were a struggling team (eight games below .500 through 52 games of the season) when they decided to part ways with the four aforementioned players.

Three of those four players struggled mightily as cogs in the rotation, while Hamilton was a bit player that only saw action during mop-up duty of games. Cole was shooting 38.6 percent from the field, Granger averaged just 6.3 PPG as the team’s “sixth man,” while Williams slipped out of the team’s rotation despite beginning the season as the team’s starting power forward.

By ridding themselves of pieces that weren’t contributing in return for a top point guard in his prime, the Heat have instantly improved as a result.

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