An eight-year NBA veteran, Dragic’s lone trip to the postseason before this year came as a backup for the Suns in 2010. He had one big game (26 points to beat the Spurs) behind Steve Nash, but averaged fewer than 15 minutes per game.
Since then, he’s been watching the playoffs on TV.
“It was frustrating because that one year we had a hell of a run, and as a competitor you expect to be in the same position every year,” he said. “It didn’t happen for me for a long time, and it was tough. It’s going to be like a new thing for me because it’s been so long.”
Dragic came up one game short of making the postseason last year with the Heat and the year before in Phoenix. While getting the No. 8 seed rarely seems like much of a prize, he would’ve gladly had it either of those seasons.
“Yeah, just for the experience,” he said. “You never know what’s gonna happen in the playoffs. It’s really tough to beat a No. 1 seed, but as long as you have a small chance, I’d always take that.”