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Zoran Dragić (born June 22, 1989) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for ratiopharm Ulm of the German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL). He also represents the Slovenian national basketball team internationally. Standing at 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in), he plays the shooting guard and small forward positions. He is the younger brother of Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragić.

Zoran Dragić
Zoran Dragić.jpg
Dragić in a friendly match vs Serbia in August 2015
ratiopharm Ulm
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueBasketball Bundesliga
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1989-06-22) June 22, 1989 (age 30)
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySlovenian
Listed height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Listed weight91 kg (201 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2011 / Undrafted
Playing career2004–present
Career history
2004–2005Ilirija
2005–2006Janče STZ
2006–2010Geoplin Slovan
2010–2012Krka
2012–2014Unicaja Málaga
2014–2015Phoenix Suns
2015Miami Heat
2015Sioux Falls Skyforce
2015–2016Khimki
2016–2017Emporio Armani Milano
2017–2018Anadolu Efes
2019Trieste
2019-presentratiopharm Ulm
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Dragić with Anadolu Efes in 2017

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Professional careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

In 2004, Dragić joined Ilirija of the Slovenian 1B league for the 2004–05 season. A year afterwards, he joined Janče STZ of the Slovenian D2 league for the 2005–06 season. During 2006, he signed with Geoplin Slovan of the Slovenian League where he went on to play four seasons for them. In 2010, he signed with Krka where he went on to play two seasons for them.

Unicaja MálagaEdit

In July 2012, Dragić joined the Houston Rockets for the 2012 NBA Summer League.[1] On August 20, 2012, he signed a two-year deal with Unicaja Málaga of the Liga ACB.[2] On July 8, 2014, he signed a two-year contract extension with Unicaja Málaga.[3] However, after agreeing to sign with the Phoenix Suns, Dragić and Málaga agreed to part ways on September 26, 2014.[4]

Phoenix SunsEdit

On September 29, 2014, Dragić signed a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.[5][6] He went on to make his NBA debut on November 15, 2014 against the Los Angeles Clippers. He and Goran, alongside teammates Markieff and Marcus Morris, all briefly played together for the Suns during the fourth quarter of their 112-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on January 2, 2015. It marked the first time in the NBA's history that two different pairs of brothers played together for the same team at the same time. In what was just his third game of the season, he also recorded his first NBA stats with 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist.[7]

Miami HeatEdit

On February 19, 2015, Zoran and his brother Goran were traded to the Miami Heat in a three-team deal also involving the New Orleans Pelicans.[8] On March 4, he was assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League.[9] On March 15, he was recalled by Miami.[10] In the Heat's season finale against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 15, Dragić scored a season-high 22 points.[11] In July 2015, he joined the Heat for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[12] On July 27, Dragić was traded to the Boston Celtics, along with a 2020 second round pick and cash considerations, in exchange for a 2019 second round pick.[13] However, on August 10, he was waived by the Celtics.[14]

Return to EuropeEdit

On August 13, 2015, Dragić signed a two-year deal with the Russian club Khimki.[15] After one season he left Khimki, and on July 7, 2016, he signed with Italian club Olimpia Milano.[16] He was released from Milano on November 20, 2017.[17] The next day, he signed with Turkish club Anadolu Efes.[18]

He ended season in February 20, 2018. He suffered of torn anterior cruciate ligament. Dragić was recovering until January 2019. He signed with Serie A club Alma Trieste on January 8, 2019, until end of season 2018-19.

National team careerEdit

Dragić started playing for the Slovenian national junior team in the 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He also participated in the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, during which he would be the tournament's 4th best scorer, throughout the entire competition.

In 2011, Dragić participated with the Slovenian senior squad, alongside his brother, Goran, during the EuroBasket 2011 tournament. After the success he had in 2011, he also played for Slovenia in the EuroBasket 2013 tournament, and helped the team finish with a better place in the final standings than the previous tournament. He went on to play for Slovenia in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where his performance became a leading catalyst for his eventual signing with the Phoenix Suns later that year.[19]

He represented Slovenia at the EuroBasket 2015, where they were eliminated by Latvia in eighth finals.[20][21]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Phoenix 6 0 2.2 .250 .000 .667 .5 .2 .0 .0 1.0
2014–15 Miami 10 1 6.2 .409 .333 .500 .5 .4 .2 .0 2.2
Career 16 1 4.7 .367 .214 .600 .5 .3 .1 .0 1.8

EuroLeagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Unicaja 22 13 16.3 .398 .129 .741 3.0 .5 .7 .0 4.5 4.5
2013–14 22 19 22.9 .413 .354 .703 2.7 1.6 .7 .1 10.9 10
2015–16 Khimki 24 5 16.4 .613 .338 .662 2.5 .8 .8 .0 8.0 7.6
2016–17 Milano 23 14 19.1 .542 .296 .726 2.2 .7 .7 .2 7.0 4.8
2017–18 Anadolu Efes 14 10 28.1 .540 .304 .853 2.1 2.7 .8 .1 10.6 9.6
Career 105 61 20.6 .527 .305 .719 2.5 1.1 .7 .1 8.0 7.3


Personal lifeEdit

His father is of Serbian descent. Dragić's older brother, Goran, currently plays for the Miami Heat; the two brothers were teammates on both the Suns and Heat during the 2014–15 season.[22] During an interview with Goran in 2014, it was revealed that Zoran was also married.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zoran Dragic will play the NBA Summer League with the Rockets". Sportando.com. May 30, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "Unicaja Malaga signs Zoran Dragic to a two-year deal". Sportando.com. August 20, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "Unicaja extends with Dragic for two more years". Euroleague.net. July 8, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Dragic se marcha a la NBA". unicajabaloncesto.com (in Spanish). September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Suns Sign Zoran Dragic". NBA.com. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  6. ^ Stein, Marc (September 25, 2014). "Zoran Dragic, Suns reach deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  7. ^ Green helps Suns pull away from 76ers, 112-96
  8. ^ "HEAT Acquire Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "HEAT Assign Zoran Dragić to Skyforce". NBA.com. March 4, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "HEAT Recall Zoran Dragic from Skyforce". NBA.com. March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  11. ^ Zoran Dragic 2014-15 Game Log
  12. ^ "HEAT Announce Summer League Information". NBA.com. July 1, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  13. ^ "Boston Celtics Complete Trade with Miami Heat". NBA.com. July 27, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  14. ^ "Celtics Waive Zoran Dragic". NBA.com. August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  15. ^ "Khimki adds Dragic to the mix". Euroleague.net. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  16. ^ "EA7 Milan inks Dragic at guard". Euroleague.net. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  17. ^ "Olimpia Milano waived Zoran Dragic". Eurohoops.net. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  18. ^ "Efes adds experience with Dragic". Euroleague.net. November 21, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  19. ^ How Zoran Became a Phoenix Sun
  20. ^ "SLOVENIA MAKE LAST CUT BEFORE ZAGREB TRIP". September 3, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  21. ^ "STRELNIEKS STEERS LATVIA INTO LAST EIGHT". eurobasket2015.org. September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  22. ^ Phoenix: The New City of Brotherly Love
  23. ^ Media Day 2014 | Phoenix Suns

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