Dragic showing scoring punch

Goran Dragic is averaging 19.3 ppg since replacing Leandro Barbosa.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There is a guard available in most leagues, who is scoring more than 19 points-per-game over the past week. Impossible you say?

Not only possible, but likely.

Phoenix guard Goran Dragic (owned in less than 20% of all leagues) is averaging 19.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 2.5 apg, since replacing Leandro Barbosa in the rotation on January 23rd. He's getting plenty of playing time, averaging close to 24 minutes of action.

Dragic began his professional career in 2003 at the age of 17, playing for Ilirija Ljubljana in Slovenia. He was originally drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with a second-round pick (45th overall), but was traded to the Phoenix Suns.

He hadn't gotten much of a chance to play in his first season and in fact the first 20-point game of his NBA career was last Saturday. He hit for 32 on Monday against Utah. Over the past four games Dragic is shooting 62.8% from the field and 60% from behind the arc (12-for-20).

Although he obviously won't continue at that pace, Dragic should continue to produce as long as Barbosa is out, which looks to be for about a four-to-six weeks.

If you are looking for a quick, temporary fix because of all the injuries to backcourt players (Mo Williams, Michael Redd, Devin Harris, Barbosa, Brandon Roy, Tony Parker) Dragic might just be your short-term answer.

2009-10 Goran Dragic before/after Barbosa injury
Through 1/22 44 16.8 7.4 1.4 2.3 0.6 0.1 45.6 38.3 69.6
From 1/23 4 23.6 19.3 2.0 2.5 1.0 0.2 62.8 60.0 84.0

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