When you’re a rebuilding team. the draft is one of the most crucial places to conduct a search for new talent. Suns’ GM Ryan McDonough had the fifth and 29th pick in hand when he entered his first draft as a GM in the NBA. He came out with Alex Len, the tall but injured Maryland center with a good amount up upside, and Archie Goodwin, the young slasher out of Kentucky.
While Len has sat on the bench recovering from ankle injuries, Goodwin has seen a few minutes off the bench in many of the Suns games. He has had some flashy moments, but has a lot of room for improvement.
Archie Goodwin’s current stats: 11.1 MPG, 3.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.398 FG%, 0.115 3p%, 0.619 Ft%
There are rookies with worse stats, no doubt. Some of them were picked far sooner than Goodwin. That said, that isn’t all that good either.
Looking at his shooting, Goodwin shoots about 40% overall. That’s more acceptable if you’re a defensive specialist, but since his college days, Goodwin has been an isolation inside scorer, but even that isn’t going too well during the early days of his time in the pros. His three-point shooting is downright bad, and his free-throw shooting isn’t very good either. As a player who likes to drive aggressively on offense, he’s got to be able to use his chances at the charity stripe.
Goodwin is still young though, He is 19, and still has plenty of time to grow. He’s also trying his hand at balancing the combo guard job, being the only pure guard behind the duo of Dragic and Bledsoe. It’s really not a fault of his own or a lack of will. He’s just extremely raw.
What’s the outlook on Goodwin’s future with the team that drafted him? It is unlikely he’ll be a long term staple for the Suns, even from the bench. He might need a little time in the NBA Development League to grow, or he may be a small part of a trade the Suns make in the next few years. He’ll be a fine role player once he develops, and if the Suns hang on to him, he may be a contributor to their long term success, but guys like that normally don’t stick in one place for too long, even in there early years.
Archie Goodwin will likely grow into a solid bench player and have a prosperous NBA career, but it’s hard to imagine him as a staple for the Suns’ long term plans. It would be bad for him too, as he’ll likely be stuck in the shadow of the Suns backcourt duo while he’s on the team.