What are chances Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic wins Player of the Month?

 

Heat guard Goran Dragic drives against Mavericks forward Nerlens Noel during Dallas' victory over Miami on Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Heat guard Goran Dragic drives against Mavericks forward Nerlens Noel during Dallas’ victory over Miami on Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

MIAMI – The Heat’s 8-3 record in February was among the best in the NBA, making Erik Spoelstra a strong contender for Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.

But Spoelstra isn’t the only member of the organization up for a monthly award. Guard Goran Dragic once again is in the conversation for player of the month.

Dragic, who was nominated in January for the Eastern Conference Player of the Month that went to Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, has been Miami’s best player this season and February has been his best month.

Dragic, 30, averaged 22.5 points and 5.0 assists while shooting 53.8 percent, including 45.7 percent on 3s in 11 games. Dragic has never been a player of the month during his nine seasons in the league, although he has been honored twice as the player of the week, in April of 2012 while with Houston and February of 2013 with Phoenix.

Those numbers, though, may not be enough to beat out Cleveland’s LeBron James, who stepped up his offense with teammate Kevin Love out for about half the month.

James averaged 25.9 points, 10.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds while shooting a sizzling 63.7 percent, 56.8 percent from 3. The league, though, might be tired of etching James’ name on this award considering his has won it 33 times, 12 of those while with the Heat, to go along with 57 player of the week awards. The next closest: Kobe Bryant with 17 player of the month awards.

James is the last Heat player to capture the award, in March 2014.

Thomas had another solid month with a 30.2 average and 5.7 assists while shooting 43.5 percent. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan averaged 28.5 points and 2.5 assists on 45.7 percent shooting.

Heat players besides James, to win player of the month include Glen Rice, Alonzo Mourning, Lamar Odom, Dwyane Wade (6) and Shaquille O’Neal.

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