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

4. Less Ball-Handling Duties for Wade

Through two-thirds of the NBA season, the 33-year-old Wade ranks third in usage percentage. Usage percentage is a statistic that estimates the percentage of a team’s possessions a player uses while he is in the game.

Because the Heat had a lack of natural playmakers and ball distributors at the point position before the trade deadline, Miami had to rely heavily upon to Wade to not only score, but to set up other teammates while running the Heat’s offense.

With the addition of Dragic, the Heat will no longer be using a natural shooting guard as the primary ball handler. Due to the team’s lack of stability at the point during the first 52 games of the season, Miami averaged just 91.8 possessions per game, ranking last in the league in that category. Meanwhile, Dragic led a Phoenix team that averaged 98 possessions per contest.

Less ball-handling for Wade means less wear-and-tear, which means less injuries for the oft-injured veteran guard.

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