Miami Heat-Star Goran Dragic grew up with football, but an injury forced him to switch to basketball. At the age of 17, he played professionally in Europe before joining the NBA Draft in 2008 and ended up with the Phoenix Suns, where he played two seasons before moving to the Houston Rockets for one season and later joining the Miami Heat, his current team.
Goran Dragic was named “Most Improved Player” of the NBA in 2014 and was named NBA All-Star in 2018 for the first time in his career.
Who Is Goran Dragić Of NBA, Where Is He From?
The professional basketball player Goran Dragic is the son of a Slovenian mother and a Serbian father, who was born on May 6, 1989. He is of Slovenian nationality and is said to have spent his first years in Slovenia.
In his younger years, he was a soccer player, but an injury caused him to change from soccer to basketball. He started playing basketball at an early age and had played professional basketball in Slovenia and Spain before he was drafted into the NBA. His younger brother Zoran played professional basketball with him in the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat, but currently, he plays for the Turkish club Anadolu Efes SK.
Goran Dragić Career Details
The Slovenian basketball player started his professional career at the age of 17 and is said to have played in the second Slovenian basketball league with KD Ilirija before he was transferred to the Slovenian Basketball and Adriatic League Club Slovan. After joining Slovan, he played two successful seasons for the club and was transferred to Spain to play for the club Saski Baskonia. He played for the Spanish club for a year before being loaned to the Murcia club the following year. After playing basketball in Spain, he returned to his country and started playing for the Slovenian club Union Olimpija in 2007. After a season with this club, he won the Slovenian league championship.
Goran Dragic fulfilled his dream of joining the NBA in 2008 when the San Antonio Spurs let him play in the second round with the 45th place. Later, however, he was transferred to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Malik Hariston, the 48th player of the Phoenix Suns. He was officially signed by the Suns on September 22, 2008, and remained with the Suns until 2010, when he scored 32 points by scoring 6 out of 7 three-pointers against Utah Jazz, but the following year he was again transferred to Houston Rockets. While playing for the Rockets, on April 13, 2011, he scored his first NBA triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists against the Minnesota Timberwolves 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. The following year, he won the WeeK Western Conference Player and became an unrestricted free agent that same year, which led him to sign a four-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.
After returning to his former club, he made a career highlight with 18 assists and 14 points in a 102-98 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2014 he also had a career highlight of 33 points in a defeat against the Memphis Grizzlies. In the same year, he also won the “Western Conference Player of the Week” award and the “NBA Most Improved Player Award 2014” and was named to the third team in the All-NBA 2014. In early 2015, he entered the Miami Heat alongside his brother Zoran and made his debut in the Heat, where he scored 12 points and 3 rebounds in a 105-91 defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans. The following year he set a new career record when he scored 34 points in a 112-101 win over the Washington Wizards and was nominated for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
Goran Dragić’s Injury: What Happened To His Eye?
The Miami Heat’s star point guard suffered a scary-looking eye injury sustained by Raptors player Joseph Cory in his winning game against the Toronto Raptors in March 2017. The player is said to have suffered severe pain from the swollen eyes, but sources say the doctor who examined the extent of the injury confirmed that the eye was fine, except that it was swollen and needed a lot of ice and treatment to return it to normal.
After routine treatment, Goran was able to return his eye to normal, a big difference from when it was swollen and he was unable to open it. The player is doing quite well and he was fully functional again shortly after his recovery in the same month.
His Personal Life
Goran’s love life Dragic shows that he is married to his daughter-in-law Maja, with whom he had been together for a long time before he entered into the covenant of marriage with her in 2003. In the same year, the couple welcomed their first son Mateo.