The Phoenix Suns let Nash walk instead of paying him the $30m over three years that he wanted to stay and instead, moved him to the Los Angeles Lakers and got a handful of marginally valuable draft picks and a familiar replacement back in the deal.
Dragic is younger, far more athletic, a far better defender, and not even close to Nash in terms of floor leadership and pure "point guardedness". Nash is also 38 and for those that watched him closely, has shown a steady decline over the last few years with his various ailments preventing him from consistently getting his shot off.
Bottom line, you can't compare the two-time MVP and future Hall of Fame Nash to young Dragic but that doesn't mean that in 2012 (and for the next three years) that Dragic won't be a better player for a rebuilding team.
Suns site, Bright Side of the Sun, explores the question in detail.
Have the Suns Upgraded the Point Guard Position This Off-Season? - Bright Side Of The Sun
The following analysis will deviate from the surfeit of discussion involving the ethical issues surrounding recent events and assess the possible implications with respect to basketball. What will the fallout be? Is Dragic up to the task or will he quail under the pressure? Is it even possible that the Suns could lose Nash and improve at the point guard position next season?
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