Through a series of deals, Phoenix moved up a spot to select Archie Goodwin, a point guard from Kentucky. Instead of picking 30th, which would be Commissioner David Stern’s final time announcing the draft selections, they moved up and got Goodwin.
Moving up one spot especially at the end of the first round doesn’t really do much, but there must have been some reason to do it. my co-editor Matthew Hu, did a draft profile of Goodwin yesterday, saying picking him up would be a good move. He is tall enough to be considered a shooting guard if the Suns keep back-up point guard Kendall Marshall, but if not Goodwin would make a good back-up to Goran Dragic.
We compared him to Russell Westbrook with his amazing athletic ability and long wingspan, along with his sometimes reckless play on the court and non-ideal shooting mechanics.
One of the biggest things to take away from this pick is the potential. Goodwin has a high ceiling. He could be very, very good in three years or more. However, since he is only turning 19 this August, his skills will vastly improve over the next couple years, but he won’t be SO good to ruin next year’s draft position.
McDonough is looking long-term for players with the potential for greatness, down here in the end of the first round, where usually only role players are found. This was a pretty good pick.