Boston Celtics: 3 reasons why Goran Dragic would be a great signing

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 23: Goran Dragic #1 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles up court during the second half of their NBA game against the Dallas Mavericks at Scotiabank Arena on October 23, 2021 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 23: Goran Dragic #1 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles up court during the second half of their NBA game against the Dallas Mavericks at Scotiabank Arena on October 23, 2021 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /
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Why Dragic would be great signing for Boston Celtics No. 2) Ability to coexist with stars

Over the past several weeks, we have been describing Goran Dragic as a player who could prove to be an ideal buyout market target for the Boston Celtics this season, and a large reason for this, outside of his playstyle, has been due to his proven ability to co-exist and, frankly, thrive while running alongside other ball-dominant stars.

Prior to this season, we saw the veteran suiting up alongside the likes of stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo down in South Beach with the Miami Heat where they would go on to find quite a bit of success together.

Butler and Adebayo, each serving as a quasi-point version of their respective positions, serve as the primary ball-handlers for the Heat, which then stationed Dragic as a tertiary ball-handler and off-ball scorer where he absolutely proved to thrive (averaged 14.9 points, 4.8 assists per game running with these two stars).

This is also not the only time that he’s had to cede a large number of touches to other ball demanding teammates, as he’s also found himself attached to rotations with guys like Eric Bledsoe (when in his prime), Isaiah Thomas, and Dwyane Wade (was named an All-Star when teamed up with the legendary Heat guard).

Obviously, the most important thing to focus in on from this take is his time with Butler and Adebayo, for he was putting up this type of production whilst serving predominantly in a reserve role–something he’d be doing if acquired by the Boston Celtics–, but as a whole, it’s evident that Dragic has proven throughout his career that he’s more than comfortable playing alongside others rather than demanding the spotlight be on him.