Archie Goodwin heads to Bakersfield Jam

Rookie guard Archie Goodwin was assigned to the D-League’s Bakersfield Jam on Thursday, the Phoenix Suns announced in a press release.

According to Paul Coro, Goodwin will play in two weekend games before returning to the Suns on Sunday.

Goodwin’s playing time had thus far been the biggest slice of evidence that perhaps the Suns weren’t tanking, but the signing of Leandro Barbosa closed the door for Goodwin to earn too many minutes, even with Eric Bledsoe out for a bit while recovering from a meniscus surgery.

It was clear Goodwin still has a long way to go. On Nov. 19, he scored 16 points but had since struggled to provide anything extraordinary. This is Goodwin’s shot chart for this season.Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 7.02.33 PM

With 56 percent of Goodwin’s shots coming in the restricted area and 13 more percent in the paint, Goodwin will have the opportunity to work on his jumper that in the summer league appeared closer to finding itself than it has been in spot minutes this season. Additionally, putting Goodwin in spots to run an offense should help his clean up his decision-making that haven’t been poor per se, yet have not been a strong suite despite his ability to drive and dish.

Goodwin is averaging 3.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. He is shooting 38.3 percent overall and 10.7 percent from three-pointe range.

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