Dragic scored 18 points to go along with six rebounds, seven assists and two steals. He shot 7-of-13 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line. It's that kind of all-around game that has the Suns salivating at the prospects of lining him up next to newcomer Eric Bledsoe.
After two games, Dragic is averaging 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. If those numbers look familiar, they should. Dragic averaged 16.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game after the All-Star break in 2012-13 for the Suns.
Dragic is a veteran in these games, as he's played in 10 different FIBA events, starting back in 2004 for the European Championship for Men U18.
As if playing for his country wasn't enough, Dragic gets to play with his favorite player, his brother Zoran Dragic.
Goran and Zoran will lead Slovenia into a matchup with Georgia on Saturday, September 7 in Celje Arena, Celje. The only previous matchup was a Slovenian win, 87-75 in early 2011.
International play doesn't always translate well to the NBA, as the litany of has-beens and never-will-bes can attest. While there are teams with solid NBA talent, there are many more who are filled with talented, but not talented enough players.
Regardless, this experience can only be looked at as a positive sign. The Suns have to love watching Dragic take the lead on the basketball court in important games. He'll be counted on as a leader in 2013-14 for the young Suns, and this experience will help him do that.
Michael Dunlap is an NBA credentialed writer who covers Phoenix Suns practices and games for the site he founded, HoopsHabit.com.Follow @DunlapNBA on Twitter!
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