Goran Dragic: "I was Batman, now I'll be Robin"

Goran Dragic: “I was Batman, now I’ll be Robin”

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Slovenia also began its rise by winning its first two friendlies in preparation for EuroBasket 2022, against the Netherlands and Montenegro.

Left to rest against Montenegro, Goran Dragic confided in the reasons for his return to the Slovenian national team, after five years of absence. These are numerous, starting with the encouragement of his relatives at the idea of ​​​​offering a last challenge in a big international competition.

“A lot of them convinced me to do it. Rasho Nesterovic, (his brother) Zoran, Luka Doncic and others. I’m used to that. Zoran was the one who talked to me about it all the time, every day,” he slipped.

Less playing time, but the same role

Five years after the coronation of Slovenia, Goran Dragic, MVP of EuroBasket 2017, knows that his role will no longer be the same as Luka Doncic has clearly taken power in recent years. He now sees himself as a lieutenant.

“In my opinion, I will play less, it will not be at the same level. I don’t know how long I was playing, 36 minutes per game? (28 minutes per game, in fact, during the last EuroBasket). Everything will depend on how I feel”he added. “The role will definitely be different. I was Batman, now I’ll be Robin. The most important thing will be to make sure we have good cohesion, to be a leader on the pitch and to lift the spirits of the guys when it is most difficult”.

If Luka Doncic will necessarily inherit more responsibilities, Goran Dragic hopes to keep the same performance and excel in his role, regardless of the playing time he will benefit from.

“My role remains the same, Luka’s may have changed a bit more, but everyone has their own role in the national team and that there won’t be any problems. We all understand each other, we’re a great team, and that’s why we can get a good result. This cohesion is what the other teams do not have.

One last big challenge

All Slovenian assets will be important, especially in view of the adversity that awaits the formation of Aleksander Sekulic. Goran Dragic even believes that this Euro will be the most challenging tournament of his career.

“A lot of national teams have NBA players. I think we will have a good chance. I didn’t come back to the national team to play for fifth or sixth place. The objective is to get a medal, but now, as I said, you have to take it step by step”.

Goran Dragic Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2008-09 PHX 55 13 39.3 37.0 76.9 0.6 1.3 1.9 2.0 1.6 0.5 1.3 0.1 4.5
2009-10 PHX 80 18 45.2 39.4 73.6 0.5 1.7 2.1 3.0 1.6 0.6 1.6 0.1 7.9
2010-11* All Teams 70 18 43.5 36.1 62.4 0.5 1.5 2.0 2.9 1.8 0.7 1.7 0.1 7.5
2010-11* PHX 48 18 42.1 27.7 60.8 0.5 1.3 1.8 3.1 1.9 0.8 2.0 0.1 7.4
2010-11* HOO 22 17 47.2 51.9 66.7 0.6 2.0 2.6 2.5 1.6 0.6 1.0 0.2 7.7
2011-12 HOO 66 27 46.2 33.7 80.5 0.8 1.7 2.6 5.3 2.5 1.3 2.4 0.2 11.7
2012-13 PHX 77 34 44.3 31.9 74.8 0.8 2.3 3.1 7.4 2.8 1.6 2.8 0.3 14.7
2013-14 PHX 76 35 50.5 40.8 76.0 0.9 2.3 3.2 5.9 2.7 1.4 2.8 0.3 20.3
2014-15* All Teams 78 34 50.1 34.7 77.4 1.0 2.5 3.5 4.5 2.5 1.0 2.2 0.2 16.4
2014-15* PHX 52 33 50.1 35.5 74.6 1.0 2.6 3.6 4.1 2.3 1.0 2.2 0.2 16.2
2014-15* MIA 26 35 50.2 32.9 80.8 1.2 2.3 3.4 5.4 2.9 1.1 2.3 0.2 16.6
2015-16 MIA 72 33 47.7 31.2 72.7 0.8 3.1 3.9 5.8 2.6 1.0 2.6 0.2 14.1
2016-17 MIA 73 34 47.5 40.5 79.0 0.9 3.0 3.8 5.8 2.7 1.2 2.9 0.2 20.3
2017-18 MIA 75 32 45.0 37.0 80.1 0.7 3.4 4.1 4.8 2.4 0.8 2.2 0.2 17.3
2018-19 MIA 36 28 41.3 34.8 78.2 0.6 2.5 3.1 4.8 2.3 0.8 2.0 0.1 13.7
2019-20 MIA 59 28 44.1 36.7 77.6 0.5 2.7 3.2 5.1 2.1 0.7 2.4 0.2 16.2
2020-21 MIA 50 27 43.2 37.3 82.8 0.5 2.9 3.4 4.4 2.3 0.7 2.4 0.2 13.4
2021-22 * All Teams 21 24 37.7 25.4 81.8 0.6 2.5 3.1 4.1 2.1 0.9 1.6 0.2 7.5
2021-22 * BRK 16 26 37.6 24.5 73.9 0.7 2.5 3.2 4.8 2.3 0.9 2.1 0.2 7.3
2021-22 * TOR 5 18 38.2 28.6 100.0 0.4 2.4 2.8 1.8 1.6 1.0 0.2 0.2 8.0
Total 888 28 46.0 36.2 76.7 0.7 2.4 3.1 4.8 2.3 1.0 2.3 0.2 13.7

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