PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns moved up a spot in the NBA Draft to select former Kentucky Wildcats guard Archie Goodwin with the 29th pick. Phoenix acquired the 29th from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the 30th.
The Warriors traded into the 26th pick, which was owned by the Minnesota Timberwolves, then moved back to the 29th pick owned by the Thunder before dropping to 30th in a swap with the Suns. Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports the Suns will take on Malcolm Lee’s contract, the return for Phoenix moving up in the draft.
Goodwin, 18, is a combo guard who was viewed as a lottery talent before his first and only season at Kentucky.
“Obviously he’s going to need to learn the game better,” Hornacek said when Phoenix worked out 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.”
The context of that thought was that Goodwin needed to think more like a point guard; not that Goodwin would play point guard. He should fit fine alongside the duo of Goran Dragic and Kendall Marshall. Goodwin is 6-foot-5 in shoes and with a 6-foot-9.5 wingspan measures up to be just fine at the shooting guard spot.
The selection of Goodwin and Len certainly gives a hint of how general manager Ryan McDonough thinks. He’s all about the longtern. Len and Goodwin certainly have more of that than immediate impact potential.
Phoenix picked Nemanja Nedovic with the 30th, and that will presumably be moved to the Warriors for Goodwin.