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What Happened To Goran Dragic? Channing Frye

I don't know why exactly, but I came across this post from early in this season:

Goran Dragic Has Shown Considerable Improvement Early In His Third NBA Season

Just go look at those numbers and the confidence he had to start the season. Dude was flat out killing it. 

So what happened? Well, I don't really and truly know. But I don't think it's an accident that article was written one day before Robin Lopez went down with that knee injury (thanks, Matt Barnes!). From that point on, Channing Frye was a starter and Goran was left to play with a mish-mash of other guys that almost always included two bigs who couldn't space the floor.

Here's what el Dragon said about the pick and roll with Hakim (before Frye was moved out of the bench unit):

Are you getting more pick-and-roll opportunities because of who you are playing with?

"Yeah, definitely. Especially with Hakim (Warrick). Me and Hakim have a great chemistry between us. I know what he's going to do, he knows when I'm going to pass and I think so that's great for our team. If he rolls, somebody has to help from our shooters, especially from Channing (Frye) or Jared Dudley, and if they don't help, we have easy layup and if they help, we have easy three-point shot."

Spacing, people. It's the key to the pick and roll.

It goes back to one of the smartest things I've written all season from back in December:

Phoenix Suns Offensive System Depends On One Man, Channing Frye

As we've seen already, Nash can make any of those three bigs look good as long as Frye is on the court camped out at the three point line. But Frye can't play 48 minutes, so what happens when he goes to the bench?

The answer is the second unit sputters and stalls like Hedo Turkoglu rolling down a hill while tied to a chaperon at a Catholic prep school dance.

And no, I am not going to make a much, much longer list of all the dumb things I've written this season. I'll leave that up to you.

My point? Not much of one. That past is the past. Goran doesn't suck. Frye is really important.  Yadda, yadda. 

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