Goran Dragic would be the right move for the Lakers, says analyst

Goran Dragic
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The Los Angeles Lakers, who are the odds-on favorites to win the championship this season, are in the need of a ball handler with the ability to shoot, who could relieve LeBron James from playmaking duties. According to Dan Favale of Bleacher Report, Goran Dragic would be the right move to fill that role.

The 34-year-old Slovenian guard is currently with the Miami Heat. In his sixteenth season in the NBA, Dragic is averaging 16.1 points and 5.1 assists per game. He will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

And with few to no alternative wings worth the Lakers’ time, settling on Goran Dragic is the move.

Bench-heavy lineups that have him spell LeBron as the primary ball-handler would be infinitely more potent than Rajon Rondo-led combinations. He also poses less of an overlap next to LeBron himself.

Spot-up possessions have accounted for more than 15 percent of Dragic’s total offense so far this season. He rates inside the 70th percentile of efficiency in these situations. By comparison, more than 18 percent of Rondo’s offensive possessions have come as spot-ups. He’s in the 27th percentile of efficiency.

Dan Favale

The Lakers are on a quest to win their 17th NBA title this season. They are sitting atop the Western Conference with 49 wins and 14 losses.