Archie Goodwin heads to Bakersfield Jam

Posted by on January 23rd, 7:10 pm

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.

Kevin Zimmerman is the lead blogger and editor for Valley of the Suns. He is also editor of, an Arizona Wildcats\’ blog, and a contributor at SB Nation and

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sunsn7 // Jan 23, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Timely update, we’ve been wondering about the details as far as his progression. Thanks.

    Keep your head up Arch! SUNS NATION will demonstrate the necessary patience for you to thrive here..and you will. Keep working hard kid.

    GO SUNS!

  • 2 hawki // Jan 24, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Been expecting this for awhile.
    Archie will play back-to-back games vs Sioux Falls on Friday & Reno on Saturday….both games in Bakersfield.

    Rudy Gobert, the pencil-like French forward & Dennis Schroder the German pg who grabbed Demarcus Cousins by the balls, most recently had stints with Bakersfield.

    Former ASU star Ike Diogu averages 16 ppg for The Jam.

    Show ‘em what ya got Archie….you’re future is bright!

  • 3 vtsunrise // Jan 24, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Great move. He’s young and has a ton of potential that just needs time to develop, and that ain’t happening on the bench.

  • 4 foreveris2long // Jan 24, 2014 at 6:41 am

    I do not know if it is conceivable but a guy I sure wish the Suns could trade for is Jordan Hill on the Lakers. Since he will be I believe an unrestricted free agent this summer it would be a rental for now. The guy is a good low post defender and rebounder and not bad offensively in the paint. I think he would make the Suns really good down the stretch as would guys like J. Green, G. Monroe and Young (76ers) who have all been previously mentioned by others on the board. Humphries who EBJM recommended, would also help our short term cause.

    I hate giving away 1st round picks for rentals (unrestricted free agents) but I suspect the Suns will likely do so as they just need some help in the paint (Monroe, Hill and or Humphries).

  • 5 Dave:f32 // Jan 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Guess it runs “in the family” lol

    Cards new VP Player Personnel Terry McDonough, joined Arizona last yr as the Eastern scout, 22 years of experience, brother of Suns GM Ryan. – Mike Jurecki

  • 6 RudeCerveza // Jan 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I don’t know about Hill, Foreveris. He was basically dumped by the Rox because of domestic violence stuff… He can play basketball, but we have a bunch of good guys having great chemistry together right now and I don’t think inserting some nasty dude would help

  • 7 Foreveris2long // Jan 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Yeah Rude, I heard about the domestic abuse charge. I do not know how it turned out in court. Character would definitely be an issue on the Suns so management would have to look into it first. The charge alone does not scare me because i have seen a host of cases where women subsequently admit to fabricating the charge against a husband or boyfriend but it certainly warrants additional insight before discussing further. Excellent point though as I had forgotten about the accusation.

  • 8 RudeCerveza // Jan 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Hill pled no contest to felony domestic violence. I obviously don’t know what happened there, but I know Morey doesn’t throw away assets for no reason.

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