Have Phoenix Suns Watered Down Offense with Too Many Point Guards?

November 28th, 2014 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »

The Phoenix Suns may have stockpiled too much of a good thing this summer.

Having acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Sacramento Kings via sign-and-trade and reached a five-year, $70 million contract extension with Eric Bledsoe, the club now boasts three starting-caliber point guards coming off career-best seasons.

The third part of that trio is Goran Dragic, a highly skilled shooter and distributor who put up 20.3 points and 5.9 assists last season en route to his first All-NBA Third Team honors. 

The 28-year-old posted just seven points in a blowout 122-97 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, Phoenix's second straight game without Thomas. 

Through 17 games this season, Dragic is averaging just 14 points and 3.2 assists in 30.2 minutes per contest, a potentially costly regression in advance of his free agency next summer. It's the consequence of reduced playing time and fewer touches.

Dragic's 20.5 usage rate now trails Thomas, Bledsoe and swingman Gerald Green—and represents a steep drop-off from his 24.1 mark a season ago (per Hollinger Stats).

When asked why the ne ...

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