Yes Goran, you won the MVP.
(Photo courtesy of David Zhu)
After making a name for himself domestically during the 2010 NBA Playoffs, Suns point guard Goran Dragic has continued that trend this summer, albeit internationally.
Although Dragic was a vital member of the Suns’ lineup all last season, his official coming-out-party occurred after he decimated the Spurs with 26 points in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. But don’t think that performance would cause the 6-3 guard to rest on his laurels.
In the Stankovic Cup, an international basketball tournament for men’s national teams that is held annually by FIBA, Dragic was honored with the MVP as he led his native Slovenia to a gold medal on Sunday. The tournament, which took place this past week in China, saw Slovenia defeat Australia in the final.
In Slovenia’s tournament opener, the Suns’ backup point guard came off the bench to score 15 in a 107-74 rout over Iran. After falling to Australia in their next matchup, Dragic’s triple-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists lifted Slovenia to a victory over China.
In the final, Dragic posted 13 points, six rebounds and three assists as Slovenia captured a 71-60 win over the Australians. It was the second time that Slovenia has claimed gold at the Stankovic Cup.
Dragic and Co. hope that the title will be an indicator of good things to come as they continue to prepare for the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. That competition begins on August 28.