Archie Goodwin was taken 29th overall by the Phoenix Suns during the NBA draft just less than a month ago. Goodwin began the 2012-2013 NCAA season ranked as one of the top draft prospects in the nation, but as he struggled at Kentucky during his freshman season along with the rest of young teammates it caused Goodwin’s draft stock plummeting like the Titanic.
There were never any questions about Goodwin’s talent and potential, however his poor jump shooting mechanics along with his sporadic play scared off many teams. The Phoenix Suns and newly hired general manager Ryan McDonough decided to roll the dice on Goodwin anyway and Goodwin has rewarded the Suns gamble by playing as well as any player at the Summer League this year.
Goodwin’s points per game average of 13.4 may not blow anyone away but the picture is so much bigger than that. Goodwin has been tremendously efficient at scoring the basketball shooting 50% from the field and shooting a blistering 77.8% from downtown. Obviously Goodwin won’t sustain his three-point shooting numbers because 77.8% shooting from three-point land is beyond other worldly.
What’s even more impressive has been Goodwin’s seemingly elite ability to get to the foul line and finishing at rim among the tall timbers. Goodwin is averaging just 6.8 shot attempts per game (throughout the five games played thus far) but what truly stands out about Goodwin’s game is his ability to get to the line at will. Goodwin is shooting just 63.4% from the foul line but he’s gotten to the foul line 41 times throughout five games.
The best and most effective methods of scoring in the NBA is torn between free-throws and three pointers (just ask George Karl), and it seems Goodwin has already mastered one of those two aspects of the pro game. If Goodwin can translate his ability to draw fouls during the regular season the way he’s done so with ease throughout the Summer League, Goodwin will develop into an excellent scorer in the NBA.
It seems clear at this point that Goodwin’s shot has taken a tremendous step forward compared to his Kentucky days, and he seems to be as comfortable from beyond the arc as anyone else on the Suns Summer League roster.
Ryan McDonough was known as one of the best scouts in the league prior to him receiving the job as the Suns GM, and it appears that he’s hit another one out of the park with Archie Goodwin. If Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek can continue to help Goodwin master that jump shot, the Suns may very well have found their cornerstone. Goodwin will be turning just 19-years old next month and the sky is the limit for him.