February 12, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Archie Goodwin (10) reacts after he dunked the ball against the Florida Gators during the first half at the Stephen C. O

Archie Goodwin: Draft Profile

Archie Goodwin (Shooting Guard/Point Guard)

Height: 6’4

Weight: 189

Wingspan: 6’9.5

Max Vertical Jump: 36 inches

NBA Comparison: Russell Westbrook. Goodwin drew a lot of Westbrook comparisons early on during his days at Kentucky but ultimately fell off along with the rest of his UK squad as the 2012-2013 college season went on. Athletically and physically Goodwin is off the charts. His 6 feet 9 1/2 inches wingspan is a great physical attribute for a 6’5 shooting guard, and his 36 inch vertical jump is nothing to sneeze at. Much like Westbrook back during his UCLA days, Goodwin has a broken jump shot (Even til this day Westbrook has a funny looking jumper). Goodwin’s mid-range shot is halfway decent but his overall shooting mechanics needs A LOT of work, but if there’s anyone who can fix that, it’s Jeff Hornacek.

Strengths:

  • Very gifted in terms of athletic, and physical ability.
  • Good ball handling skills.
  • Good finisher at the rim; can finish through contact.
  • Excels at penetrating the paint off of screens or in transition.
  • Competitor.
  • High ceiling.

Weaknesses:

  • Poor jump shot; broken mechanics.
  • Can be turnover prone.
  • Lacks strength.
  • Can be wild at times; takes bad shots.     
How he fits with the Suns: 
It’s not exactly top secret that the Suns are currently in the market for a shooting guard, and grabbing Goodwin with the 30th overall pick in the draft would be a good move. Goodwin was on the verge of cracking the top five on Chad Ford’s big board earlier this season, but as the Kentucky team went underwater, Goodwin along with most of his teammates went down with UK nation.
The biggest issue with Goodwin right now is his jump shot, but I believe that’s something that can be corrected with extra hours in the gym and the tutelage of Jeff Hornacek who’s one of the greatest shooters of all time. Good news is that Goodwin has the talent and potential to become an all-star caliber player. On top of that, he is still very young as he will be turning just 19-years old this August.
“Obviously he’s going to need to learn the game better,” Jeff Hornacek said in regards to Goodwin. “He’s used to being a scorer. He can still be a scorer but he’s going to have to be, more the mental part of the game … a point guard. Really see the game, see how it develops, not only for himself but for his teammates. When you got a young kid like that, those are the guys you can kind of train. You can tell he has a feel.”
I solemnly believe that as long as Goodwin lands with the right team, and receives guidance under the right coaching staff, he will thrive in the NBA. The Suns are still in the early stages of their rebuilding plan and have already experienced an uplift in terms of culture almost immediately upon the hiring of Ryan McDonough as their new GM. If they take a chance on Goodwin this Thursday, the reward could be huge in the long run.

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