Trans. Sep 1 10:43 ET (Sep 1 10:43 ET ) Playing for Slovenia at the Basketball World Cup means a lot to Goran Dragic. Slovenia have won their opening two matches in Group D and the Dragic brothers have been flying up and down the court averaging a combined 35.5 points per game. Slovenia is a country of just over two million people, making it the smallest country participating at the World Cup. With Goran and Zoran playing well and great fan support, Slovenia have a lot of momentum at the championships.
Goran Dragic scored 18 points to go along with six assists, four turnovers, and a steal during Slovenia's stomping of Mexico.
The Scoop:Slovenia severely outplayed Mexico in the lopsided 89-68 victory, lead by Goran, and brother Zoran (22 points). Goran is coming off a fantastic 2013-14 campaign in which he received the award for Most Improved Player after averaging 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.4 steals. Those across-the-board numbers make Dragic a top-10 point guard heading into this year's fantasy drafts.
The Scoop:The agreement will limit Dragic to one practice per day and no more than 25 minutes of playing time in exhibition games. Furthermore, the agreement stipulated that the 28-year-old would only play in five of Slovenia's 16 exhibition games leading up to the World Cup of Basketball. Coming comes off a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals, Dragic should be one of the top 10 point guards on draft boards heading into 2014-15 drafts.
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The Scoop:The move makes sense for Indiana after likely losing Paul George for the entire 2014-15 season. However, according to Dragic, Phoenix is not interested in taking the deal. As of right now, it appears that nothing is imminent.