News

Suns’ Dragic voted NBA’s most improved

Suns’ Dragic voted NBA’s most improved

MOST IMPROVED:Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) and forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, whose breakout campaign helped his team to a 23-win improvement, was named the National Basketball Association’s most improved player, the league said on Wednesday.

Dragic received 408 of a possible 1,134 points, including 65 first-place votes, from a panel of 126 sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada.

Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers (158 points, 13 first-place votes) finished second while Anthony Davis (155 points, 16 first-place votes) of the New Orleans Pelicans was third.

Dragic, who entered the 2013-14 campaign with a career scoring average of 9.5 points, averaged a career-best 20.3 points to go with 5.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

The 27-year-old Slovenian was the only player in the NBA to shoot at least 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range, both career highs.

Dragic’s performance keyed a Suns’ turnaround on the way to a 48-34 record that left them one game out of the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)

Local Headlines

11 hours ago in Local

Marcus Accident

Traffic Accident Image 1240

A car vs motorcycle accident resulted in a Nora Springs man being life-flighted.

12 hours ago in Local

Click It Or Ticket Enforcement Underway

click

Iowa’s seat belt compliance rate is at 93 percent...

12 hours ago in Local

Law Enforcement Reports

lawenforcement1240

A Mallard man was injured in a two vehicle accident on Sunday...

16 hours ago in Local

Hogg Visits Spencer

hg

Hogg spoke with around 15 people for nearly two hours...

3 days ago in Local

O’Brien County Accidents

O'brien County Sheriff 1240

The O'Brien County Sheriffs Office responded to a pair of accidents.